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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Schools Compact for Military Children Continues to Gain Support

  • May 2, 2011
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An interstate compact providing for the uniform treatment of military children transferring between school districts now has 36 member states, accounting for 78 percent of the nation’s military student population.

DOD continues to work with the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission, state governments and national organizations to bring the remaining states on board. West Virginia became the 36th state to enact the compact in March; six states have pending legislation to join.

The compact addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families, including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation.

Officials from the compact commission last month met with representatives from Hawaii, which is considered a model state for easing school transitions for military kids, reported Navy Region Hawaii public affairs.

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