California Department of Education
Final Report to the Legislature on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
This report was originally required by Assembly Bill (AB) 343 (Saldana), Chapter 237, Statutes of 2009; however; the reporting requirement was extended by AB 2202 (Block), Chapter 22, Statutes of 2012, which amended California Education Code (EC) Section 49704.
The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (Compact) was developed in an effort to reduce the educational difficulties encountered when the children of military personnel are required to transfer from schools in different states. California joined the Compact on January 1, 2010. Forty-six states are now members.
The purpose of this report is to examine the operation of the Compact in California with particular reference to educational functions specified in the legislation. The report finds that California’s membership in the Compact has substantially aided both school districts and military families by alleviating many of the educational difficulties military children encounter in their frequent moves from a school in one state to a school in another state.
The report also finds discrepancies in implementation of the Compact from school district to school district. The report suggests that California undertake a more comprehensive effort to ensure that school district personnel and military families are maximally familiar with the provisions of the Compact so that Compact provisions are applied consistently. This would provide a more positive educational experience to children of military families when they transition between different schools.
The frequent turnover in both district personnel and military families moving from state to state necessitates that this effort be ongoing. It also suggests development of a process that would permit the state to determine how well the Compact is serving the needs of military children.
You can find this report on the California Department of Education Military Children Web page. If you need a copy of this report, please contact Jacie Ragland, Education Programs Consultant, Educational Options, Student Support, and American Indian Education Office, by phone at 916-323-2568 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.