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Department Of Education Announces Veterans Initiatives

The Department of Education is launching two initiatives. One partners soldiers with students learning to read. The other encourages veterans to get degrees.

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One of the Department of Education's initiatives partners National Guard soldiers with students to make sure the students are reading at the proper level.

State Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz is using Veterans Day to highlight a couple of new military initiatives.

A literacy program called Boots for Books puts Indiana National Guard soldiers in the classroom to ensure students are reading by third grade.”

Soldiers are set up to work with students in 30 schools in 30 after-school programs.

Ritz also plans to introduce legislation that would expand a veterans-to-teacher scholarship program called Combat to Classroom.

“We have found that go on to get an education degree have extremely good classroom management because of their work in the military,” she says.

The Combat to Classroom program funds two and four year scholarships, and translates military training and experience into college credits for Hoosier veterans who are earning an education degree from universities in Indiana.

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