Massachusetts Adopts the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
LEXINGTON, Ky.— Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick today signed Senate Bill 2254, “The Valor Act.” Part of this bill is the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. Massachusetts is the 43rd state to join the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission and the fourth state this year. Patrick signed the compact into law this afternoon in a ceremony in Memorial Hall at the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
“We thank Gov. Patrick for signing this important interstate compact,” said Mark Needham, chair of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission. “The addition of Massachusetts to the commission honors not only the sacrifices of our military families, but all those who have protected the liberties we cherish. This is a tremendous stride toward ensuring that we resolve the education transition issues for all military children and their families.”
The interstate compact ensures the uniform treatment of military children transferring between school districts and states. It was developed by The Council of State Governments’ National Center for Interstate Compacts, the U.S. Department of Defense, national associations, federal and state officials, the department of education of each state, school administrators and military families.
Military families move between postings on a regular basis. While reassignments can often be a boon for career personnel, they can be difficult for the children of military families. The average military student faces transition challenges more than twice during high school and most military children will attend six to nine different school systems in their lives from kindergarten to 12th grade. The compact seeks to make transition easier for the children of military families so that they are afforded the same opportunities for educational success as other children and are not penalized or delayed in achieving their educational goals.
The Department of Defense is working with the commission, CSG, national organizations and state leaders to bring the remaining states on board. There is active legislation in New York and the District of Columbia. Member states are forming their state councils and informing school districts of the terms of the interstate compact. The commission has met annually during the past four years and is working to implement and communicate the requirements of the interstate compact.
For more information on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children or the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission, please visit the MIC3 website at www.mic3.net.
The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children is an affiliate of The Council of State Governments. CSG is our nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.