Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

North Carolina is the 11th state in the country to join this important compact, which specifically addresses the needs of military students dealing with many transitions during their educational career. In response to NC's adoption of the Compact (NC Senate Bill 1541), Wayne County Public Schools has ensured that policies are addressed in its Local Action Plan for Military Children.
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The Compact focuses on these issues: 1) educational records & enrollment; 2) placement & attendance; 3) eligibility; and 4) graduation.

Click here to view an implementation overview. To read the entire document, visit the Compact 

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 Happens After A State Joins The Compact?

Each state appoints representation to a governing commission responsible for enacting rules to implement the Compact. Each participating state also creates a state council based on the requirements of their state legislation.

What Children Are Eligible For Assistance Under The Compact?

Children Of

  • 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?

Children Of

  • 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?

Enrollment

  • Educational Records

  • Immunizations

  • Kindergarten & First Grade Entrance Age

  • Placement & Attendance

  • Course & Educational Program Placement

  • Special Education Services

  • Placement Flexibility

  • Absence Related to Deployment Activities

Eligibility

  • Eligibility for Student Enrollment

  • Eligibility for Extracurricular Participation

Graduation

  • 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

Who 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 Compact Commissioner.

Is There A Person At The Military Installation Who Can Help Me Understand The Compact Issues And Requirements For Local School Districts?

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.

Where Is The Compact In Terms Of Implementation At The National And State Levels?

Forty-six (46) states have adopted the Compact. The Department of Defense will continue to work with the Commission, Council of State Governments, national organizations, and state leaders to bring the remaining states on board. Member states are beginning to form their State Councils and inform school districts of the terms of the Compact. The Commission has met twice and is working to implement and communicate the requirements of the Compact.

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