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Georgia Jumps On Bandwagon for Military Kids

Robins Air Force Base Installation Commander Col. Mitchel Butikofer and his family have moved about a dozen times.

"We've been all up and down the East Coast, in Washington D.C., Southern Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma..." said Leslie, the Colonel's wife.

She says each time, her three daughters have to adjust, especially with school.

"It gets harder as they get older," she said.

Sophomores Abby Butikofer and her twin Erin, say their latest move affected their graduation requirements.

"In Illinois freshmen took world cultures and sophomores took civics," Abby said. "We move here and it turns out that freshmen take civics here, and sophomores take world history, so we missed out on the civics requirement and we have to take another class to make it up."

Two weeks ago, Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill that made Georgia the 42nd state to join the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. It makes it easier for military children to transition to schools in new states.

"It's headache enough to move and when that stress is relieved and you have finally figured all of that out, it's a whole lot easier," said Leslie.

Lesley Darley is the school liaison officer for Robins Air Force Base. She says the compact is has a wide-ranging impact for the 42,000 school-aged kids in Georgia's military families.

"It definitely sends the message that Georgia is a very military-friendly state, and that they wanna make the accommodations necessary to assist military families. They already sacrifice so much with deployments, relocations, temporary duty, that their child's education should not be one of those sacrifices."

"I'm hopeful," said Leslie Butikofer. "I'm hopeful that the next place I go, that my girls will be able to say hey I already tested you should be able to place them"

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