Rep. Arnold: Supporting military families who relocate to Indiana

Posted by: Peter Hoffman and Abigail Campbell  | Monday, March 27, 2017

Relocation is a common occurrence for military members and their families. Serving in the military, I have seen firsthand the sacrifices spouses have to make. They often relocate multiple times during their years of service and it is important Indiana works to create an environment that fosters a smooth transition for military families.

This session, I co-authored a bill that would require the State Board of Education to adopt rules to expedite the issuance, renewal or reinstatement of a teaching license to a military spouse whose husband or wife is on assignment in Indiana. This would help these professional educators easily transition to our state and continue their careers in Hoosier classrooms.

According to the Department of Defense, military spouses move six to nine times during their careers, which is about three times more than non-military families. This bill would give experienced teachers an easier transition to new teaching positions in Indiana.

Current law allows the SBOE to adopt these rules, but does not require it. Without this change in the law, the SBOE does not have to expedite the reinstatement of a military spouse’s teacher license, potentially making it more difficult for military families to get settled and earn a second income.

There are more than 20,000 military personnel just in the state of Indiana. This is out of 1.3 million active duty military and more than 800,000 reserve forces as of 2016, according to the Defense Department. About one-third of military spouses have careers that require a professional license, such as nursing or teaching. By accelerating the licensing process, military families moving here will be able to continue earning a living. This is especially important because the most prevalent occupation among military spouses is elementary education, according to the Military Veterans Coalition of Indiana.

This session, I remain committed to advancing policies on behalf of Hoosier military members and their families. As we continue our work during this year’s budget session, I encourage you to contact me with any questions or input at 317-232-9793 or by email at h74@iga.in.gov. Learn more about the work being done at the Statehouse by signing up to receive my email updates at www.in.gov/h74.

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State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) represents House District 74, which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.

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