Arkansas Adopts the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
LEXINGTON, Ky—-Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has formally signed Senate Bill 15, "The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children." Arkansas is the 44th state to join the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission and the first state this year. There will be a ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 15 on Tuesday, March 5, at 9:45 a.m. CST in the Governor's Conference Room at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock.
"We thank Gov. Beebe for signing this important interstate compact," said Kathy Berg, chair of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission. "The addition of Arkansas to the commission benefits the children of those in our armed forces and recognizes the sacrifices of our military families. We also thank Sen. Eddie Williams and his colleagues in the Arkansas House and Senate for helping to resolve education transition issues for military children as they transition to and from Arkansas and other compact member states."
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 Montana, 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 five 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.
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