Support Our Military Families in School Transitions

Published: 3/6/2014 11:41 AM

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children 

​Military families move between postings on a regular basis. While reassignments can often be a boon for career personnel, they often wreak havoc on the children of military families. Issues these children face include: losing and making new friends, adjusting to new cities and bases, and changing schools. While the armed services have taken great leaps to ease the transition of personnel, their spouses and most importantly children, much remains to be done at the state and local levels to ensure that the children of military families are afforded the same opportunities for educational success as other children and are not penalized or delayed in achieving their educational goals by inflexible administrative and bureaucratic practices.

The average military student faces transition challenges more than twice during high school, and most military children will have six to nine different school systems in their lives from kindergarten to 12th grade. With more than half of all military personnel supporting families, the impacts of reassignment and long deployments are key considerations when making long-term life choices.

The new Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children addresses these issues, as well as compact enforcement, administration, finances, communications, data sharing and training.

Legislation Regarding Military Children
HB 124 (2009)

SB 39 (2009)

Kentucky Links for Military Families
Kentucky's Military Compact Video

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission


Fort Campbell

Fort Knox

Division of Childcare

National Links for Military Families
Military Moves & Education Changes


National Center for Interstate Compacts

10 Things Military Teens Want You To Know

Operation Military Kids

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children National Promotional Video

State by State Chart

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Interstate Compact Resource Kit

The above links include information regarding the following:
  - Transfer of Records
  - Course Sequencing
  - Graduation Requirements
  - Exclusion from Extra-Curricular Activities
  - Redundant or Missed Entrance/Exit Testing
  - Kindergarten and First Grade Entrance Age Variations
  - Power of Custodial Parents While Parents are Deployed

For more information on the National Center for Interstate Compacts, please contact:

BG(R) Stephen R. Hogan, Executive Director

Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunities
for Military Children
2760 Research Park Drive
P.O. Box 11910
Lexington, KY 40578-1910

Work: (859) 244-8000
Fax: (859) 244-8001


COL (R) Dave Thompson

Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunities
Commissioner, Kentucky

Phone: (502) 564-2611 ext. 479

Tracy Goff-Herman

Kentucky Department of Education
Policy Advisor/Legislative Liaison, Guiding Support Services

Phone: (502) 564-4474 ext. 4815

Tracy Goff-Herman
Office of Legal, Legislative and Communication Services
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4474
Fax (502) 564-9321