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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Three New States Join Schools Compact for Military Kids

  • May 24, 2011
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Vermont, North Dakota and Nebraska over the past week adopted an interstate agreement intended to smooth the transition between school districts when military children move, bringing to 39 the number of participating states.

The Interstate Compact for Educational Opportunities for Military Children addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families, including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation. The goal of the compact is to make transition easier so that military children — who typically attend from six to nine different school systems from K-12 — are afforded the same opportunities as others.

DOD continues to work with the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission, state governments and national organizations to bring the remaining states on board. Seven states have active legislation to join. Member states are beginning to inform school districts of the terms of the compact, according to the commission.

A map of participating states is available on the commission’s website.

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