Assemblymember Gloria Secures New State Protections for Military Students and Families

Friday, November 9, 2018

Gloria Provides More Stability for Children of Military Families and Active Duty Students in Higher Education

SAN DIEGO, CA – Leading into Veterans Day weekend, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) announced today two new protections for military students and military families set to go into effect on January 1. These protections, the result of successful legislation by Assemblymember Gloria, gives students of military families more stability when a parent is deployed and ensures students can maintain their academic progress should they be called to active military duty.

The members of our armed forces nobly put their lives on the line to defend our country. Military families also experience a great deal of sacrifice while their loved ones are fighting on the front lines. It’s our job to make sure acclimating back into civilian life is easier for our servicemembers  and that their families have as much stability as possible,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “This legislation not only brings more stability for our servicemembers, but we are giving back to those who have given so much to us.”

AB 2894 protects the academic progress of military students in California’s higher education system should they be called to active duty. If a student is called to active military duty, the bill empowers students to:

  • Withdraw from the institution with a full refund of tuition and fees;
  • Request a grade be given based on the work completed, if at least 75 percent of the academic term has been passed; or,  
  • Receive an “incomplete” for the student’s coursework in which the student will then have a minimum of four weeks after returning to the institution to complete the class requirements.

Historically, students who are called to active duty during the school term have been subject to different processes and uncertainty about their grades. According to a national study conducted by the Student Veterans of America, over 55% of GI users withdraw from at least one course due to being activated in the middle of a term.Given that military students cannot refuse to report to duty, AB 2894 protects the academic achievement of military students while they serve.

AB 2949 provides the option for military families to keep their children in the same school despite a change in residence (so long as the family has an active military status). Members of the United States Armed Forces typically receive a Permanent Change of Station every three to four years. Because school district policies often require students enroll in the school district of their residence, children of military families can change schools up to nine times before graduating high school. AB 2949 minimizes these academic and social disruptions for military students by giving military families the option to have their child complete their academics at the school of original enrollment and continue to matriculate into their original feeder school.

Both bills were signed into law by Governor Brown earlier this year and will go into effect on January 1, 2019.