Pennsylvania Joins the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3)
LEXINGTON, Ky..—With the signing of Senate Bill 159 by Gov. Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania joined the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission. Pennsylvania becomes the 40th state to adopt the compact since 2008. Corbett signed the interstate compact into law Thursday at private ceremony.
The compact provides for 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 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 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 will continue to work with the commission, CSG, national organizations and state leaders to bring the remaining states on board. Three other states and the District of Columbia have active legislation. Member states are beginning to form their state councils and informing school districts of the terms of the interstate compact. The commission has met four times and is working to implement and communicate the requirements of the interstate compact.
For more information on the interstate compact or the commission, please visit the MIC3 website at www.mic3.net.
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