Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military ChildrenMaryland, along with forty-three other states, has joined the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children to ease the transition for students and to ensure that there are no barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents. For a list of the Compact member states, please visit the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3) website. The Maryland State Department of Education and our twenty-four local school systems have a long history of establishing effective policies, regulations and procedures that address enrollment and serve to ease the transition of any student who transfers into or out of our schools. However, with Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) that was passed by Congress in November 2005 identifying Maryland as a BRAC state receiving between 40,000 and 60,000 jobs and with our 10 military installations located in Maryland, we enthusiastically joined the Interstate Commission to demonstrate our commitment to easing the transitions of children of military families.As a member of the Interstate Commission we will have the opportunity to dialogue with other member states on the Articles of the Compact and identify best practices to ensure that we address the educational issues associated with the frequent transitions that a student of a military family must make. Information on BRAC and the Interstate Compact can be found on our website. Should you have questions about the Compact, please do not hesitate to contact Mary Gable, Assistant State Superintendent, at 410-767-0473 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to working with military children.
Lillian M. Lowery, Ed.D.State Superintendent of Schools