Support Our Military Families in School Transitions

Published: 12/6/2017 10:38 AM

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

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

Fort Campbell

Fort Knox

Kentucky National Guard


National Links for Military Families

Military Moves & Education Changes

USA4MilitaryFamilies

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


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:

Ms. Cherise Imai, National Executive Director
Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3)
1776 Avenue of the States
Lexington, KY 40511
Work: (859) 244-8000
Fax: (859) 244-8001
Email: cimai@csg.org​
www.mic3.net​

Col. M. Blaine Hedges (USA Retired)
State Council for Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3)
Commissioner, Kentucky
Email: blaine.hedges@ky.gov​
Work: (502) 564-2611 ext. 480

Tracy Goff Herman
Kentucky Department of Education
Policy Analyst/Legislative Liaison
Office of Legal, Legislative and Communications Services
Email: tracy.herman@education.ky.gov​
Work: (502) 564-4474 ext. 4815



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