Military families move between assignments on a regular basis. While reassignments can often be a boon for career personnel, they can be challenging for the children of military families, especially for transitioning from school to school.
The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children seeks to ensure smooth transitions for those children of military families regardless of which states or school districts they are moving between.
All 50 states have signed the Interstate Compact which provides consistent policies affecting transitioning military students. The Compact safeguards cooperation by federal, state and local education agencies across the country on enforcement, administration, finances, communications, data sharing and training.
But the real importance of the Compact is to provide military-connected students the means to address important key educational transition issues encountered by military families including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation.
Children of active duty members of the uniformed services, National Guard and Reserve on active duty orders, commissioned officers of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the United States Public Health Service (USPHS), and members or veterans who are medically discharged or retired for one year are eligible for assistance under the Compact.
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 through 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.
Legislation establishing Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children in Kentucky
HB 124 (2009)
SB 39 (2009)
Kentucky Links for Military Families
Kentucky's Military Compact Video
Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission
Kentucky State Council Members
Kentucky National Guard
National Links for Military Families
- These links provide information regarding:
- 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
Military Moves & Education Changes
National Center for Interstate Compacts
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
For more information on the National Center for Interstate Compacts, please contact:
Ms. Cherise Imai, National Executive Director
1776 Avenue of the States
Lexington, KY 40511
Work: (859) 244-8000
Fax: (859) 244-8001
Col. M. Blaine Hedges (USA Retired)
State Council for Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3)
Work: (502) 564-2611 ext. 480