MIC3/Interstate Compact is law specifically addressing the needs of transitioning military students. In response to NC's adoption of the Compact (GS 115C-407.5), Wayne County Public Schools has ensured that policies are addressed in its local action plan for military children.
All 50 states have signed onto The Compact, which focuses on these issues for military children:
If you are seeking help to resolve an issue, you may contact the following stakeholders:
- School counselor or school administrator at your child's school
- WCPS Military Liaison Counselor - firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.738.0070
- SJAFB School Liaison Officer - email@example.com or 919.722.5810
- State Compact Commissioner for NC - Alex.Erwin@onslow.k12.nc.us or 910.346.3365; firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.807.3346
- MIC3 National Office - email@example.com or 859-244-8000
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (from the Compact website www.mic3.net)
What Are The Issues?
Military families encounter school challenges for their children for
enrollment, eligibility, placement and graduation due to frequent
relocations in service to our country.
What Is The Compact?
The Compact provides for the uniform treatment of military children transferring between school districts and states. It was developed by The Council of State Governments' National Center for Interstate Compacts, the Department of Defense, national associations, federal and state officials, departments of education, school administrators and military families. How Does a State Join the Compact? Each state must adopt the Compact through their legislative process. Participation is voluntary.
What Children Are Eligible For Assistance Under The Compact?
Active duty members of the uniformed services, National Guard and Reserve on active duty orders
Members or veterans who are medically discharged or retired for (1) year
Members who die on active duty
What Children Are Not Eligible For Assistance Under The Compact?
Inactive members of the National Guard and Reserves
Members now retired not covered above
Veterans not covered above
Dept of Defense personnel, federal agency civilians and contract employees not defined as active duty
What Are Some Of The Specific Educational Issues That The Compact Covers?
Kindergarten & First Grade Entrance Age
Placement & Attendance
Course & Educational Program Placement
Special Education Services
Absence Related to Deployment Activities
Waiving courses required for graduation if similar course work has been completed
Flexibility in accepting state exit or end-of-course exams, national
achievement tests, or alternative testing in lieu of testing
requirements for graduation in the receiving state
Allowing a student to receive a diploma from the sending school instead of the receiving school
Do I Contact In My State Or School District To Learn More About What Is
And Is Not Covered In The Compact? You Should Contact Your State
Is There A Person At The Military Installation Who Can Help Me
Understand The Compact Issues And Requirements For Local School
You should contact the School Liaison Officer at your local
installation. For a listing of School Liaisons in your area, visit the
Military K-12 Partners Web site.
What Happens If The Member State Does Not Comply With The Compact?
The Compact provides for a governance structure at both the state and national levels for enforcement and compliance.