A new law set to cross Gov. Rick Perry’s desk could benefit the state’s children who have parents in the military.

House Bill 525, which passed both houses this week, would require the collection of data on students in public schools who have military parents.

According to the bill, the data would be collected by the Texas Education Agency via the computerized Public Education Information Management System. If approved, the regulation would apply to all public school districts and count active-duty military-connected students and the number of National Guard or Reserve military-connected students enrolled.

“Service members and their families make many sacrifices, we need to make sure that military-connected students are taken care of in our public schools,” said Rep. J.D. Sheffield, R-Gatesville. “Without this information, local school districts and the state will not be able to make the best decisions for this unique student population.”

Sheffield also said the bill would bolster the state’s data about student populations.

The bill’s primary author was Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, chairman of the House’s Committee on Public Education.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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