RD19 - 2016 Executive Summary of the Interim Activity and Work of the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
The Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (Virginia Council) was created in 2009 to consider any and all matters related to the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. The Compact seeks to remove barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents. The Compact addresses such issues as timely enrollment and placement, on-time graduation, and sharing of information between states to ensure a smooth educational transition for dependents of military families as they move from and to other states.
Virginia is home to some of the nation's largest and most important military installations, so it is not surprising that the Commonwealth's schools educate more military children than most states. As of September 2016, the Defense Manpower Data Center estimated that there are 73,017 school age military-associated children of active duty members in Virginia.
The average military student faces transition challenges more than twice during high school, and most military children will attend six to nine different school systems from kindergarten to twelfth grade. The Compact seeks to make transitions easier for the children of military families so that they are afforded the same opportunities for educational success as other children and are not penalized or delayed in achieving their educational goals.
A continued focus for the Virginia Council in 2016 was identifying the needs of key stakeholders group working to ease the needs of military-connected children in our schools. The Council received feedback during all meeting held. This feedback enabled the Council and the newly appointed VDOE Military Student and Family Specialist to better prepare initiatives that will ultimately support professionals and agencies dedicated to easing the transitional challenges of military connected children across the Commonwealth.
This executive summary provides an overview of the work of the Council in 2016.