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For Immediate Release
April 15, 2010
Contact: Crady deGolian
(859) 244-8068
cdegolian@csg.org

 

Kentuckian to Head Military Education Interstate Compact

Norman Arflack will oversee multistate agreement addressing school
transfers for military children


Lexington, Ky.—Retired Brig. Gen. Norman E. Arflack, former secretary of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, will be the first executive director of the Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.

Arflack, a Frankfort, Ky., resident, becomes the first head of the national commission that administers the multistate compact designed to help students who move with parents from one military base to another and must change schools. The compact eases the transition with policies that address the interstate transfer of enrollment records, graduation requirements, age of enrollment and Advanced Placement courses.

“I’ve worked throughout my career to serve others—in particular the military men and women of our country,” Arflack said. “I understand the impact deployments and reassignments have on military families.”

The military compact commission was created in 2007 by The Council of State Governments and the U.S. Department of Defense. Thirty states have signed the compact. Arflack, who begins his work with the commission May 3, will work out of offices in CSG’s Lexington, Ky., headquarters.

According to the commission, the average military student faces transition challenges more than twice during high school and most military children transfer nine times during their K-12 years. More than half of all military personnel support families.

“This new interstate compact, adopted in 30 states, gives military children an equal opportunity to succeed, and I look forward to helping make the vision of this compact a reality,” said Arflack.

Arflack enlisted in Kentucky’s Army National Guard as a private and rose to the rank of brigadier general. He also served as executive director of the National Guard Association of Kentucky and as vice chairman of the board of directors of the National Guard Association of the United States. He served as deputy adjutant general under Kentucky Govs. Paul Patton and Ernie Fletcher. He most recently served Gov. Steve Beshear as commissioner of the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

In addition to his rise through the ranks of the National Guard, Arflack similarly ascended in the state’s law enforcement community. He began his state government career as a state trooper in the 1970s and eventually became secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet during the Fletcher administration

 

About CSG's National Center for Interstate Compacts

The Council of State Governments' National Center for Interstate Compacts (NCIC) is designed to be an information clearinghouse, a provider of training and technical assistance and a primary facilitator in assisting states review, revise and create new interstate compacts to solve multi-state problems or provide alternatives to federal pre-emption. As such, the NCIC will combine policy research and best practices, and function as a membership association, serving the needs of compact administrators, compact commissions and state agencies where interstate compacts are in effect.
CSG is uniquely positioned to offer a full range of services to states that are in need of not only information and expertise, but also guidance and technical assistance in dealing with interstate compacts and other interstate agreements. Throughout its 70-year history, CSG has been at the forefront of promoting multi-state problem solving and advocating the role of the states in determining their respective futures. CSG has played an integral role in the development of numerous interstate compacts, tracking the progress of more than 200 active interstate compacts, researching innovative solutions for the states and bringing the states together to build consensus on national issues.