BISHOP COMMENDS GEORGIA STATE ASSEMBLY AND GOVERNOR DEAL ON PASSING AND SIGNING INTO LAW THE INTERSTATE COMPACT ON EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR MILITARY CHILDREN
Columbus, Ga. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), founding co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Military Family Caucus, commended the Georgia General Assembly and Governor Nathan Deal for working together to pass and sign into law the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.
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, education associations, federal and state officials, school administrators and military families.
“Many of Georgia’s military children face significant challenges when their parents are deployed and they have to change schools,” said Congressman Bishop. “The General Assembly and Governor Deal deserve a lot of credit for coming together to address this important issue and ensure that these children are treated fairly.”
More than 89,000 children in Georgia have at least one parent currently serving in the military. Most military children will attend six to nine different school systems in their lives from kindergarten to 12th grade.
Switching schools for children in military families can bring about challenging issues associated with new academic calendars, different course curriculums and adjusting to different social settings. To help alleviate some of these challenges, over 40 states have adopted the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, which seeks to make transitions easier by, among other things, waiving courses for graduation if similar course work has been completed in another school district and accepting end-of-course exams and other tests from other states in lieu of requirements in the receiving state.