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

The following compilation features published news stories during the week of May 29-June 4 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.

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...

With the additions of Illinois, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Tennessee, the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities has grown to 35 states, covering approximately 86 percent of the impacted population.  This is another significant milestone for the Compact, which aims to reduce the educational challenges of transitioning military children.  To learn more about compact membership please click here

Illinois, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Tennessee are each one step closer to joining to Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.  In each state legislators overwhelming passed the compact, which attempts to ease educational issues associated with the frequent moves of military families.  To find out more about the compact or to learn if your state is already a member please click here.

The Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunity for Military Children has hired retired Brig. Gen. Norman E. Arflack to serve as the Commission’s first Executive Director. Gen. Arflack brings an extensive amount military and state government experience to the Commission.

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