Founded in 2008, the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3) is the governing body of the ICEOMC. Commission members include representatives from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 5 ex-officio members, including the US Department of Defense, who work together to ease the educational transitions of school-aged, military connected students attending public schools and Department of Defense schools worldwide.  The Commission is responsible for promulgating and enforcing rules to implement the ICEOMC.

In 2006, the U.S. Department of Defense (USDoD) Office of Personnel and Readiness, in cooperation with the Council of State Governments (CSG) and National Center for Interstate Compacts, drafted the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (ICEOMC) to address some of the educational challenges transitioning children of military families encountered. The Defense State Liaison Office (DSLO) and CSG convened an advisory group comprised of federal, state, and local officials; as well as national stakeholder organizations representing education groups; and military families to create the interstate agreement. In 2007, the advisory group finalized the model statute language which was promoted by the USDoD as one of their key priorities for military families, and through the DSLO advocacy, was adopted by state legislatures within 6 years. Currently, the 50 states and District of Columbia are members of the Compact, and the Department of Defense is an ex-officio, non-voting member on the Commission.

While the Compact is not exhaustive in its coverage, it address key issues encountered by military families: eligibility, enrollment, placement, and graduation. In addition, the Compact provides for a detailed governance structure at both the state and national levels with built-in enforcement and compliance mechanisms. The goal of the Compact is to replace the widely varying policies affecting transitioning military students. The Compact leverages consistency: It uses a comprehensive approach that provides a consistent policy in every school district and in every state that chooses to join. The Compact addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility, and graduation.

Children of active-duty members of the uniformed services, National Guard and Reserve on active-duty orders, commissioned officers of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Unites States Public Health Service (USPHS), and members or veterans who are medically discharged or retired for one year are eligible for assistance under the Compact. The Compact also covers students of members who perish on active duty for a period of one year following their death.

Policy Areas
Military family and dependents
Military dependent education
Interstate compacts

MIC3 2022 Annual Report
Guide for Parents, School Officials, and Public Administrators

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