NCIC Staff Help Staff Annual Commission Meeting

Crady deGolian and Nathan Dickerson are helping to staff the third annual meeting of the Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.  Representatives from 27 of 35 member states and ex-officio members representing a variety of organizations committed to serving the children of military families are once again meeting to discuss how the compact can best serve the educational needs of the children of active duty military personnel.

During the meeting state representatives elected Mark Needham (KY) as the Commission’s new Chair, Kathy Berg (HI) as Vice Chair, and Pam Deering (OK) as Treasurer.  Commissioners also volunteered to serve on one of the Commission’s four standing committees, voted to amend the by-laws, participated in regional breakout sessions, and heard a variety of presentations about the Commission’s work over the last year.  Rick Masters spoke about the history of the compact and the roles and responsibilities of the Interstate Commission.  Nathan Dickerson gave a presentation about the Commissions new Web site, which was developed in conjunction with CSG’s creative services team. 

The compact, which was developed jointly by CSG and the Department of Defense, seeks to ensure that the children of military families have a seamless education experience despite the significant number of moves they frequently incur.  The Commission has grown from 11 members in 2008 to 35 members presently representing approximately 87 percent of the impacted population.  Additionally the Commission recently hired an Executive Director (BG Norman Arflack) and two staff members to carry out the goals and missions of the compact.  Prior to hiring staff, members of CSG’s policy team provided staff support to the Commission. 

To learn more about the work of the Commission, the history of the compact, points of contact in each member state and to see if your state is a member please visit www.mic3.net.