Johnny Key

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Military Families & Veterans

 

 

The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education welcomes military families and strives to ensure military-connected students integrate successfully into local public schools. The Military and Veteran Liaison and Military Family Education Liaison work to resolve transitional issues for military connected students through active engagement with district military family liaisons. Arkansas has been a proud member of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3) since 2013 and Arkansas strives to lead the nation in support for military families.

2019 Updates

Act 939 of 2019 went into effect on July 24, 2019. The act alters the guidance previously issued in Commissioner’s Memo COM-19-080. The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education is currently working on rules to provide further guidance to implement Act 939. The rules are expected to be finalized in the spring of 2020.
 
The purpose of this act is to extend laws related to children of active duty members of the uniformed forces under the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children to children of all components of the uniformed services in order to remove barriers to educational success that may be experienced by children of military families due to frequent moves and deployment of their parents by: 
  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of children of military families and ensuring the children are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of education records from a previous public school, including a public school in another state;
  • Facilitating the student placement process so children of military families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, lesson sequencing, grading, course content, and assessment;
  • Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular activities;
  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of children of military families; 
  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among public school districts; and
  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and legal guardians, and students in order to achieve educational success for the student.
Act 939 also amends the membership of the Arkansas State Council of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission. The council will soon be adding new members in response to the act.
 
Assistance can be requested at any time by filling out this Request for Assistance Form online, by emailing Compact Commissioner John Kaminar at john.kaminar@arkansas.gov, or by calling the compact commissioner at 501-683-5188.
 

For more information, please contact:

John Kaminar, Military and Veterans Liaison
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 104-A
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-683-5188
Email: John.Kaminar@arkansas.gov
 

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