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  • MIC3/Interstate Compact is law specifically addressing the needs of transitioning military students.
     

    All 50 states have signed onto The Compact, which focuses on these issues for military children: 

    • enrollment
    • eligibility 
    • placement
    • graduation 

    If you are seeking help to resolve an issue, you may contact the following stakeholders:

    School counselor or school administrator at your child's school
    CHIEF STATE SCHOOL OFFICER
    Paolo DeMaria, State Superintendent, Ohio Department of Education 

    EDUCATION DESIGNEE
    Pete LuPiba, Public Affairs Officer, Ohio Department of Education

    MILITARY FAMILY EDUCATION LIAISON
    Janet Wynn, School Liaison Officer, Wright-Patterson AFB

    MILITARY/DOD REPRESENTATIVE
    Renardo Brown
    910.346.3365; doug.taggart@dpi.nc.gov or 919.807.3346
    MIC3 National Office -  mic3info@csg.org or 859-244-8000

    PRIMARY POINT OF CONTACT
    Pete LuPiba
    Public Affairs Officer
    Ohio Department of Education
    25 South Front Street, Columbus, OH, 43215
    pete.lupiba@education.ohio.gov
    ph 614.728.7728 

    SECONDARY POINT OF CONTACT
    Chip Merkle, Youth Specialist
    Beightler Armory, 2825 W. Dublin-Granville Rd,
    Columbus, OH 43235
    william.j.merkle5.ctr@mail.mil
    ph 614.336.7456 or 614.296.7694

    Danny Eakins, Ohio Dept of Veterans Services,
    77 South High Street, Columbus, OH, 43215
    daniel.eakins@dvs.ohio.gov
    ph 614.728.4925

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (from the Compact website www.mic3.net)

    What Are The Issues?
    Military families encounter school challenges for their children for enrollment, eligibility, placement and graduation due to frequent relocations in service to our country.

    What Is The Compact?
    The Compact provides for the uniform treatment of military children transferring between school districts and states. It 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. How Does a State Join the Compact? Each state must adopt the Compact through their legislative process. Participation is voluntary. 

    What Children Are Eligible For Assistance Under The Compact?
    Children Of

    • Active duty members of the uniformed services, National Guard and Reserve on active duty orders
    • Members or veterans who are medically discharged or retired for (1) year
    • Members who die on active duty

    What Children Are Not Eligible For Assistance Under The Compact?

    Children Of

    • Inactive members of the National Guard and Reserves
    • Members now retired not covered above
    • Veterans not covered above
    • Dept of Defense personnel, federal agency civilians and contract employees not defined as active duty

    What Are Some Of The Specific Educational Issues That The Compact Covers?

    Enrollment

    • Educational Records
    • Immunizations
    • Kindergarten & First Grade Entrance Age
    • Placement & Attendance
    • Course & Educational Program Placement
    • Special Education Services
    • Placement Flexibility
    • Absence Related to Deployment Activities

    Eligibility

    • Eligibility for Student Enrollment
    • Eligibility for Extracurricular Participation

    Graduation

    • Waiving courses required for graduation if similar course work has been completed
    • Flexibility in accepting state exit or end-of-course exams, national achievement tests, or alternative testing in lieu of testing requirements for graduation in the receiving state
    • Allowing a student to receive a diploma from the sending school instead of the receiving school

    Who Do I Contact In My State Or School District To Learn More About What Is And Is Not Covered In The Compact? You Should Contact Your State Compact Commissioner.

    Is There A Person At The Military Installation Who Can Help Me Understand The Compact Issues And Requirements For Local School Districts?

    You should contact the School Liaison Officer at your local installation. For a listing of School Liaisons in your area, visit the Military K-12 Partners Web site.

    What Happens If The Member State Does Not Comply With The Compact?

    The Compact provides for a governance structure at both the state and national levels for enforcement and compliance.