mtk mic3

Helping Military Kids — A Guide for Membership Organizations

Military kids move to different states or areas every few years with their active duty parents. Each new place presents new challenges, new rules, and new requirements. Since 2006, The Council of State Governments (CSG) and the Department of Defense have been working with federal, state, and local stakeholders, as well as military families, to address these challenges in the form of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MiC3). Recently, all 50 states adopted the legislation, but implementing it still requires all stakeholders to have a basic knowledge of what it covers. If you are part of a membership organization used by military kids, read on to find out how to support their transitions in and out of your area using MiC3.

What is the Compact?

The Compact addresses Military Kids and the challenges they face when they relocate. It allows the uniform treatment of Military Kids no matter what state they move to. You should note the compact only applies to public and DOD schools.

Students Covered by the Compact

Children of:
  • active duty members of all branches of the military including Coast Guard and Reserves on active duty orders
  • members or veterans who are medically discharged for one year
  • members who die on active duty, for a period of one year after death
  • uniformed members of NOAA and USPHS

What Issues Does the Compact Cover?

Enrollment
  • Educational Records
  • Immunizations
  • Kindergarten & First Grade Entrance Age
Placement & Attendance
  • Course & Educational Program Placement
  • Special Education Services
  • Placement Flexibility
  • Absence Related to Deployment Activities
Eligibility
  • Eligibility for Student Enrollment
  • Eligibility for Extracurricular Participation
Graduation
  • Waiving courses required for graduation if similar course work has been completed
  • Flexibility in accepting state exit or end-of- course exams, national achievement tests, or alternative testing in lieu of testing requirements for graduation in the receiving state
  • Allowing a student to receive a diploma from the sending school instead of the receiving school

Who Can I Contact if I Have a Question Implementing the MIC3?

Each military institution should have a School Liaison Officer who can help. You can find a list of SLOs in your area here: http://www.dodea.edu/Partnership/schoolLiaisonOfficers.cfm .

The MIC3 in Action

Examples of specific instances covered by the Compact:

  • When a family leaves one state, they may request an unofficial copy of school records to hand-carry to the new state and school in order to enroll in the same type of classes while they wait for the official record.
  • A child transferring to another state that requires different immunizations is allowed to enroll and start attending school. He/she is given 30 days to obtain immunizations.
  • A student who moves to another state may continue in the same grade regardless of entrance age requirements of the new state if she already started that grade in the previous state.
  • The new state will honor initial placement in the same types of classes as the previous state. For example, students can be placed in Advanced Placement courses, Gifted and Talented programs, or English as a Second Language. The receiving school may subsequently perform an evaluation, but the initial placement prevents students from being put in a “holding class” while waiting for evaluation and thus missing valuable instruction.
  • Students covered by IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) will be given the same accommodations listed in their IEP (Individualized Educational Plan).
  • The Compact allows military children to request additional excused absences due to visiting a deployed parent before, during, or after a deployment.
  • Military students are able to transfer into extracurricular activities regardless of deadlines to apply as long as the student is qualified.
  • The Compact allows receiving schools to waive courses required for graduation if similar coursework was completed elsewhere. For example, a student has completed Kansas state history and wouldn’t be required to complete Maryland state history at the new school.

What Can My Organization Do?

  • Be aware of the compact and help military families entering your organization.
  • Celebrate the Month of the Military Child in April.
  • Have a MilKid club after school or within your organization.
  • Check out our blog for more ideas.

Source: mic3.net

Share this post
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on print
Share on email

You might be interested in...

raising funds without events

Getting Sponsors Involved in Your Virtual Fundraiser

COVID has certainly thrown a wrench into everything in our lives including our organizations’ ability to host live events and raise money. Virtual events have been picking up and luckily, nonprofits have been able to pivot and still hold their events online.

Read More

Celebrating Thanksgiving in 2020

Like just about everything in 2020, the holidays are going to look a little different this year. The CDC is recommending limiting travel and indoor gatherings which will really affect

Read More
Tips to convince your board you need membership management software

Convincing Your Board You Need Membership Management Software

We know it isn’t easy to introduce a new way of doing things, especially if the old ways are working just fine. You probably know the benefits of using technology but if the old paper/pencil manual way of doing things still works, your board may be reluctant to make the switch. We have tips to convince them otherwise!

Read More