While interstate compacts are essentially contracts whose provisions are limited primarily by the imaginations of their drafters, their development has, in practice, evolved along best practices. Compacts are legally binding agreements between state governments. Because these dynamic institutions change with gubernatorial administrations and legislative representation, creating an agreement that adequately manages an ongoing and complex interstate relationship is critical, and delineating the governance apparatus is one way to ensure the smooth, continued operation of the compact.

The following compilation features published news stories during the week of Aug. 14-20 that highlight experts and/or research from The Council of State Governments. For more information about any of the experts or programs discussed, please contact CSG at (800) 800-1910 and you will be directed to the appropriate staff.  Members of the press should call (859) 244-8246.

CSG Research & Expertise in the News: 8/7-13, 2011

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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...

CSG Research & Expertise in the News: 6/5-6/11, 2011

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CSG Research & Expertise in the News: Week of 5/29-6/4, 2011

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Interstate compacts are contracts between two or more states creating an agreement on a variety of issues, such as specific policy challenges, regulatory matters and boundary settlements. This brief provides background on the history of compacts, their primary purposes, and information about compacts affiliated with the National Center for Interstate Compacts.

 

Dating back to America’s colonial past, interstate compacts are one of the few tools specifically granted to states by the U.S. Constitution. While it is unlikely our Founding Fathers anticipated the scope and breadth of today’s state government policy challenges, their inclusion of compacts in the Constitution provided state policymakers with a powerful, durable, and adaptive tool for ensuring cooperative action among the states. The growth of the modern
compact has further provided states a sophisticated administrative mechanism, allowing interstate collaboration to resolve complex policy challenges, while simultaneously avoiding federal intervention. 

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.

The Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3) has launched its new Web site, www.MIC3.net.  The new Web site will serve as an information hub for military families, school officials, and other interested members of the public.

The compact was created because military families move between postings on a regular basis, and while reassignments can often be a boon for career personnel, they can be difficult for the children of military families. The average...

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