Military Family Resources
On behalf of the public schools of Texas, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Texas. The men and women who serve in the armed forces are among our most valued assets as a nation. Your children deserve the very best our public schools have to offer.
The Texas Education Agency recognizes the challenges facing you and your families as you transition to a new home and school district. We have developed this section of our web site to provide information about Texas schools, graduation requirements and links to other sites of interest.
It is my hope that you and your children are satisfied with the service provided by our school system. Texas has earned a reputation for excellence in its public schools by setting high standards and ensuring accountability. At the same time, we have retained local control of the educational decisions that affect children. We are proud of our accomplishments and will continue our efforts to improve the lives of the children we serve.
Best wishes for continued success and thank you for all you do to protect and defend our nation.
Texas Commissioner of Education
Texas Military Installations
Fort Sam Houston; Lackland Air Force Base; Randolph Air Force Base
Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air National Guard, and the Texas State Guard
Texas has the second largest number of military-connected students in the United States. The Texas Education Agency recognizes the need to provide information about available resources to students, parents, and educators to assist with navigating transitions to new schools, communities, and repeated cycles of separation and reunion.
Who are our Military-Connected Students?
There are close 2 million children of Service members in the U.S.
Texas has the 2nd largest population of military- connected students, more than 89,000 attending public schools.
Military-connected children are in every school region of Texas.
Military-connected children move an average of 6-9 times during their K-12 education experience.
30% of military-connected children are between the ages of 6 and 11 years old.
Children from Military families are twice as likely as their civilian counterparts to serve in the Armed Forces as adults.
Getting to Know Our Military-Connected Students and Families
Military Rank Insignia's (outside source)
Amends Texas Education Code §§30A.002(b) and 30A.052(c)
This bill permits a student who is a dependent of a member of the U.S. military who has been deployed or transferred to Texas and who has enrolled in a publicly funded school outside of Texas in the preceding school year to now enroll full-time in the Texas Virtual School Network (TXVSN) without having been enrolled in a public school in Texas in the preceding school year.
Effective Date: May 26, 2017
Statute adds new Texas Education Code §29.9071
This bill establishes Texas Military Heroes Day in public schools and requires appropriate instruction as determined by each school district.
Effective Date: June 12, 2017; applies beginning with 2017-2018 school year.
Certification of Military Service Members, Military Spouses, and Military Veterans
Fee waived for application and exams
Military service members and military veterans are exempt from certification application fees that are paid to the state that lead to initial certification. These members of the military community are exempt from paying the portion of the examination registration fee that is paid to the TEA.
Military spouses are exempt from certification application fees that are paid to the state that lead to initial certification resulting from a review of credentials, three-year temporary certificate, or out-of-state standard certificate. These members of the military community are exempt from paying the portion of the examination registration fee that is paid to the TEA.
Renewal and Continuing Education Requirements for Military Service Members, Military Spouses, and Military Veterans
A military service member pursuing certification in career and technical education must meet requirements for the certificate, but for career and technical education certificate areas requiring experience and licensure, the military service member shall be entitled to substitute military experience in the trade for the required license or professional credential for the specific trade.
You need to identify the legislative session for each of these bills since the bill numbers alone don’t identify a bill. I’ve inserted it for the two bills that fall under our department, but you’ll need to check for the others.
State Coordinator for Military Connected Students
Abby Rodriguez, M.A.