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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:


    Pete LuPiba
    Executive Director
    OBM Communications
    30 East Broad Street, Floor 34
    Columbus, OH, 43215
    pete.lupiba@obm.ohio.gov, ph 614.466.6573


    Chip Merkle
    Youth Specialist
    Beightler Armory
    2825 W. Dublin-Granville Rd
    Columbus, OH 43235
    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

    Paolo DeMaria, State Superintendent, Ohio Department of Education

    Pete LuPiba, Executive Director, OBM Communications


    Lt Col Renardo Brown, 88 Dep MSG CC, Wright-Patterson AFB

    Lt Col Renardo Brown, 88 Dep MSG CC, Wright-Patterson AFB

    Pete LuPiba, Executive Director, OBM Communications (Chair)
    Danny Eakins, Ohio Department of Veterans Services
    Janet Wynn, School Liaison Officer – Wright-Patterson AFB
    Roxanne Price, Ohio High School Athletic Association
    Shari Obrenski, Ohio Federation of Teachers
    Julie Davis, Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators
    Sherry Ems, United Services Organization (USO)
    Ken Baker, Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators
    Dave Axner, Buckeye Association of School Administrators
    Tammy Puff, The Honorable Mike DeWine – Office of the Governor
    Jason Durell, School Counselor – Olentangy Local Schools
    Lt Col Renardo Brown, 88 Dep MSG CC, Wright-Patterson AFB
    Senator Andy Brenner, Ohio State Senate
    Senator Kenny Yuko, Ohio State Senate
    Representative Tracy Richardson, Ohio House of Representatives
    Representative Casey Weinstein, Ohio House of Representatives
    Jared Shank, Director, Military and Apprenticeship Initiatives
    Chip Merkle, Ohio National Guard – Education Programs
    Chris Picha, Ohio Department of Veterans Services
    Susan Boggs, Ohio School Counselor Association
    Andreana Tartt, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
    Mark Scherer, Ohio National Guard – Youth Programs
    Chad Wyen, District Superintendent – Mad River Local Schools
    William Stratton, U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion
    Corey O’Brien, Ohio Association of Purple Star Schools (Hamilton Township HS Teacher)
    Sheila Ragland, Ohio Parent Teacher Association
    Michelle Lewis, Ohio Association of Purple Star Schools (Hyatts MS Teacher)
    Erin Lunday, Wright Patterson AFB Community
    Dave Schklar, Troops to Teachers
    Ashley Twedt, Ohio Association of Purple Star Schools (Bellville ES Teacher)
    Venessa Menerey, Ohio Department of Education

    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?


    • 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 for Student Enrollment
    • Eligibility for Extracurricular Participation


    • 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.