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Kansas Council on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

April is Month of the Military Child  -- The month of April provides an opportunity to recognize and honor the service of our youngest heroes, military children. Kansas military youth are resilient and take pride in their service to our country. They deserve our appreciation and support. Military families move beween postings on a regular basis. While a part of military life, reassignments and deployments can be difficult for children of military families. The average military child will attend six to nine different school systems from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Friday, April 21, 2017, is "Purple Up! For Military Kids" day
"Purple Up! for Military Kids" to show your support. Wearing the color purple is a visible way to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices. Why purple? Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of he military, as it is a combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue. Across the nation, people are being encouraged to show support for our military and veteran children.

Children of active-duty military personnel encounter many challenges, including school enrollment, eligibility, placement and graduation due to frequent relocations in service to our country. The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children provides uniform treatment of children in military families transferring between school districts and states. The Compact was developed by the Council of State Governments' National Center for Interstate Compacts, the Department of Defense, national associations, federal and state officials, departments of education, school administrators and military families and activated in July 2008. Kansas was the 1st state to enter into the compact and in January 2015, the Compact has been adopted by all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Compact was formed to assist in addressing the transitional issues of military children as they transfer from one school system to another. The Compact provides for an Interstate Commission to draft and enforce rules and provide general oversight. Note: The Compact applies to public schools only.

Kansas Council Members
Each member state represented on the Interstate Commission must create its own Council.
Membership List (PDF) Kansas Military Children Educational Council - KMCEC

KMCEC Meeting Summaries

Resources

Kansas Statutes regarding textbooks and student material fees

School Finance Team Director
Craig Neuenswander
785-296-3872
craign@ksde.org

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