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Let your School Superintendent or state elected officials know that you care about military families. Follow the directions below, as your message and recipient will be different based on which state you currently reside.

If your State HAS adopted the Interstate Compact (all states but New Hampshire, New York, Minnesota, Montana or Oregon), please:

Contact your School District’s Superintendent (contact information is typically available on the District website) Use the script below to send an email to your Superintendent reminding him/her of the Compact.

If your State has NOT adopted the Compact (New Hampshire, New York, Minnesota, Montana or Oregon), please:

Write your State elected officials and let them know that you support the adoption of the Interstate Compact. You can look up your state elected officials (and e-mail them directly) here. Just enter your zip code and click on your Representatives/Senators under “State Legislature.” Insert the script below to your email and click send.

Email Script for States that HAVE adopted the Interstate Compact

Dear Superintendent:

As an advocate for all children in our school, I wish to sincerely thank you for your service to the children in our district. Today I write to you on behalf of the military families in our district. April is the Month of the Military Child and serves as a reminder to all of us to fulfill our commitment to the children and families who make incredible sacrifices as a father, mother—or both—serve to protect our country.

Our state is one of 45 in the country which has adopted the Interstate Compact. The Compact works to ensure that military families are ensured a smooth transition when children must move due to parents’ military service. The Compact addresses multiple issues including:

  • Transfer of Records
  • Immunizations
  • Kindergarten & First Grade Entrance Age
  • Placement and Attendance
  • Special Education Services
  • Absences Related to Deployments
  • Eligibility for Extracurricular Participation
  • Graduation Requirements

Each state which has adopted the Compact has in place a State Commissioner who serves as a resource for schools and other installments to ensure proper implementation of the Compact, as each school district in the state is required to follow the provisions of the Compact. If you have specific questions, I invite you to review the contact information and resources by clicking on our state here.

As we celebrate this month as the Month of the Military Child, thank you once again for your commitment to all children in our district, including military children.

Sincerely,

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Email Script for States that have NOT adopted the Interstate Compact

I write to you today as an advocate for the children of military families in our state. April is the Month of the Military Child and serves as a reminder to all of us to fulfill our commitment to the children and families who make incredible sacrifices as a father, mother—or both—serve to protect our country.

Sadly, our state is one of five which has not adopted the Interstate Compact. The Compact provides for the uniform treatment of military children transferring between school districts and states. This important Compact was developed by The Council of State Governments' National Center for Interstate Compacts, the Department of Defense, national associations, federal and state officials, departments of education, school administrators and military families and requires an act of the state legislature to be adopted.

The Interstate Compact aims to address the many challenges that face military children who are forced to move—on average—between four and six times in their lifetime due to their parents’ military service. Specific educational challenges that are addressed include: enrollment; educational records; immunizations; kindergarten and first grade entrance age; placement and attendance; absence related to deployment activities, among others.

I urge you to work with your colleagues to swiftly pass legislation to adopt the Interstate Compact in our state. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this important issue. Thank you once again for your time and commitment to all children in our state.