Interstate Compact Eases School Transitions

The Department of Defense

"An interstate compact is spurring sweeping improvements to the school transition process for military parents and their children, while also making inroads into addressing parents’ education-related concerns, a Defense Department official said.

The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children affects everything from school enrollment and eligibility to course placement and graduation, explained Ed Kringer, director of state liaison and educational opportunity for the Pentagon’s office of military community and family policy. Since its inception in 2006, 39 states have adopted the compact, ensuring inclusion of nearly 90 percent of military children and teens.

The Defense Department developed the compact in coordination with the Council of State Governments’ National Center for Interstate Compacts in an attempt to counter many of the common education challenges military families face, he said."

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