Association Testifies in New Hampshire to Support Military Kids’ Education

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On February 11 we had the opportunity to testify in support of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children before the New Hampshire State Education Committee. Our statement was delivered by our local Representative, Bonnie Rice.

Though military life can be very rewarding, it also presents unique challenges to families and children. Military families are extremely mobile, moving on average every 2 to 3 years. Most military kids will attend 6 to 9 schools from kindergarten through their senior year. We hear often from military families concerned about the impact of so much change on their children’s education. Differing state rules regarding entrance ages, graduation requirements, and course placement can all be obstacles to a military kid.

The Compact was created to relieve these problems by providing uniform treatment for military kids as they transition to new schools. It addresses a lot of the most common problems children and families face as they move between school districts and states.

Our Association was part of the Advisory Group and the Drafting Team that helped create the Compact, and we firmly believe that it significantly lessens the challenges faced by military kids in public school. We are very proud the Compact has been adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia, and we are working hard to promote legislation in the four remaining states: Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, and Oregon.

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