By Mr. John F Heiner (Front Page)August 12, 2009
The Council of State Governments (CSG), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Personnel and Readiness, drafted a new interstate compact that addresses the educational transition issues of children of Military Families. In July 2008, the Governor of Delaware signed into law the Interstate Compact on Education for Military Children Aid as the tenth state. With his signature, Delaware confirmed the CSG commitment for all military children. CSG will continue to work with a variety of federal, state and local officials as well as national stakeholder organizations representing education groups and Military Families to ensure the other states enact legislation and comply with this new law. While the compact is not exhaustive in its coverage, it does address the 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.