Zorn bill provides school enrollment flexibility for children of military families

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn has introduced legislation to provide school enrollment flexibility for military children when their family is transferred to a new community.

“Many families learned about the importance of academic stability during the pandemic, but children of military families have known about it for decades,” said Zorn, R-Onsted. “Moving to up to three different schools in a single grade during a military transfer can be traumatic and disjointing. Students in military families often need to transfer schools mid-year as the family moves, enroll in the school district of the temporarily assigned military housing, and then transfer to a third school when the family finally finds permanent housing.

“My bill aims to reduce the impacts of military family moves on children by allowing students to attend a school based on the area the family intends to live permanently instead of first going to a school near the family’s temporary housing.”

Senate Bill 1011 would allow a school district to count a child of a member of the U.S. armed forces as a student even if they do not live in the district’s area as long as a parent of the student has provided the district with a letter indicating the child is in temporary military housing and the family intends to become a resident of the district by June 30.

The bill has been referred to the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee for consideration.