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Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Background

Military families move between postings on a regular basis. While reassignments can often be a boon for career personnel, they often wreak havoc on the children of military families. Issues these children face include: losing and making new friends, adjusting to new cities and bases, and changing schools. While the armed services have taken great leaps to ease the transition of personnel, their spouses and most importantly children, much remains to be done at the state and local levels to ensure that the children of military families are afforded the same opportunities for educational success as other children and are not penalized or delayed in achieving their educational goals by inflexible administrative and bureaucratic practices.
The average military student faces transition challenges more than twice during high school, and most military children will have six to nine different school systems in their lives from kindergarten to 12th grade. With more than half of all military personnel supporting families, the impacts of reassignment and long deployments are key considerations when making long-term life choices.

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Specific impacts on military children include:

 

The new Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children addresses these issues, as well as compact enforcement, administration, finances, communications, data sharing and training.

 

Letters of Support

 

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Press Coverage | 2010

 

Press Coverage | 2009

 

Press Coverage | 2008

 

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For more information, please contact Crady deGolian at (859) 244-8068 or cdegolian@csg.org.

 

 

 

State-by-State Status - 2010

(updated July 1, 2010 )