• Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner stands with Army families at the signing ceremony of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children at Dover High School July 17. With Delaware's commitment, as the tenth state to sign, the compact becomes active. States who have signed the compact will work on issues impacting military children in the areas of enrollment, placement, eligibility and graduation.

    Delaware Signs Interstate Compact on Education

    Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner stands with Army families at the signing ceremony of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children at Dover High School July 17. With Delaware's commitment, as the tenth state to sign, the...

  • Senator Don Barrington and Secretary of State Susan Savage stand on either side of Rep. Ann Coody as she accepts flowers from Eli White during the Interstate Compact on Education ceremony in Oklahoma City July 17. At the podium are Sylvia White and Nicole Barton who spoke on behalf of the military students from Fort Sill. Joanne Vangjel, the wife of Sill commander Maj. Gen. Peter Vangjel, represented her husband at the ceremony.

    Oklahoma signs Interstate Compact

    Senator Don Barrington and Secretary of State Susan Savage stand on either side of Rep. Ann Coody as she accepts flowers from Eli White during the Interstate Compact on Education ceremony in Oklahoma City July 17. At the podium are Sylvia White and...

  • Kansas Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson shakes the hand of 3-year-old Nicholas Dettmer, son of Capt. Travis Dettmer, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs, July 16 at the state capitol in Topeka. The Dettmers were among three military Families who presented the lieutenant governor with a giant-sized card thanking Kansas state officials for being the first state to pass the Interstate Compact on Education Opportunities for Military Children.

    Kansas lieutenant governor

    Kansas Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson shakes the hand of 3-year-old Nicholas Dettmer, son of Capt. Travis Dettmer, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs, July 16 at the state capitol in Topeka. The Dettmers were among three military Families who presented the...

  • Kansas Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson checks out a giant-sized "thank you" card signed by military children from Fort Riley, Kan., July 16 at the state's capitol in Topeka. He is pictured with the children of three military Families who presented him with the card in appreciation for Kansas being the first state to sign the Interstate Compact on Education Opportunities for Military Children into law.

    Kansas gets thank-you card from military

    Kansas Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson checks out a giant-sized "thank you" card signed by military children from Fort Riley, Kan., July 16 at the state's capitol in Topeka. He is pictured with the children of three military Families who presented him with the...

DOVER, Del. (July 18, 2008) -- Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner signed House Bill 297 Thursday, making Delaware the tenth state to ratify the Aca,!A"Compact on Education Transition for Military Children.Aca,!A? Adoption of the compact in10 states was needed to make it operational.

"It is certainly gratifying to witness this most momentous occasion, as Delaware becomes the all-important tenth state to improve the compact and making its vision a reality," said Leslye A. Arsht, deputy undersecretary of Defense for military community and family policy, at the bill-signing ceremony in Dover.

The compact was developed by the Council of State Governments, education and military family experts and the Department of Defense to address common problems active duty members encounter as they change assignments.

"This compact will facilitate a smoother transition, from state to state and school to school, by lifting a tremendous burden from our military families and greatly enhancing the quality of their lives," Arsht said.

Compact commissioners from Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and Oklahoma will now meet to establish an Interstate Commission. The Commission will work to create uniform standards of practice regarding education requirements the member states will follow.

"I have been waiting for this bill for 20 years," said Col. Steven Harrison, 436th Airlift Wing commander at Dover Air Force Base, Del. "In my 20-year career we've moved 12 times, my daughters went to three separate high schools, and it was always a tremendous challenge."

"This is exactly what we need," he said, in reference to the compact.

The Interstate Commission will work to reconcile the variations in graduation requirements, course content, student assessment and eligibility for extra-curricular activities. These standards should allow military children to easily transfer schools between member states.

"This gives my daughter a chance to focus on her AP classes and preparing for college, instead of repeating various classes because of the difference in school curriculum," said Master Sgt. Juanita Thomas, 436th Operations Support Squadron first sergeant.

The rules established by the Interstate Commission to ease the transition of military children will only apply to those states that have signed on to the compact. The North Carolina legislature has approved the compact, which is currently awaiting the governor's signature, while 10 other state legislatures are considering the compact.

"This bill sends the message that we in Delaware take care of our military," said Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, Delaware National Guard adjutant general. "Not just the men and women of our Delaware National Guard, but all of those who serve in the First State. Our active-duty component and counterparts certainly deserve this legislation."

(2nd Lt. Brian Maguire contributed to this story and serves with the 436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office at Dover Air Force Base, Del.)

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