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Council on the Education of Military Children

State Council on the Education for Military Children

Helping Military Children Transition and Succeed 

The State Council on the Education for Military Children was established to resolve the transition-related issues military families face through the coordinated efforts of Arizona's education leaders and military installation commanders. The Council provides for coordination among agencies of local government, local education agencies, and military installations concerning Arizona's participation in, and compliance with, The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. The Compact was created to remove barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families due to frequent moves and deployments. The Council provides a forum for Arizona's military families to discuss the unique issues that their children face in school. The Council will provide recommendations to the Governor on ways to assist military families and their children with the goal of easing their transitions during deployments and relocations. 

The Council was originally established under Executive Order in July 2012, and was renewed by Governor Ducey in March 2015. 

Arizona Supports the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children was adopted by Arizona in 2008. Its purpose is to address the challenges military children face due to frequent relocation.

Compact Content:

Article I - Purpose

Article II - Definititions

Article III - Applicability

Article IV - PDF iconenrollment.pdf

Article V -PDF iconplacement_and_attendance.pdf

Article VI - EligibilityPDF iconeligibility.pdf

Article VII - PDF icongraduation.pdf

Article VIII - State Coordination

Article IX - Interstate Commission 

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
A Rule by the Defense Department on 12/20/2016

DoD is establishing policies to implement the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (referred to as the “Compact”) within the DoD, informed by the sense of Congress, and in furtherance of the operation of DoD schools. The final rule provides components with policies to support the intent of the Compact, which is to aid the transition of school-age children in military families between school districts (to include between Department of Defense Educational Activity (DoDEA) schools and state school districts). Each state joining the Compact agrees to address specific school transition issues in a consistent way and minimize school disruptions for military children transferring from one state school system to another. The Compact consists of general policies in four key areas: Eligibility, enrollment, placement, and graduation. Children of active duty members of the uniformed services, National Guard and Reserve on active duty orders, and members or veterans who are medically discharged or retired for one year are eligible for assistance under the Compact.

This rule is effective on January 19, 2017.


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