FORT RILEY, Kan. - Military family members from Fort Riley will present Kansas Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson with a "giant" thank you card for passing legislation helpful to military children's unique educational needs. The presentation of the card will take place at the State Capitol in Topeka on July 16 at 10 a.m.
The Interstate Compact on Education Opportunities for Military Children is designed to help military children with the challenges they face when they move from state to state. Issues such as the transfer of records, differing graduation requirements or missed entrance and exit testing due to frequent moves by military families are addressed in the legislation.
Kansas was the first of 10 states to pass the Interstate Compact, allowing for the measure to be implemented nationwide. Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed the Compact April 9.
The compact is a joint effort between state legislatures, the Department of Defense, the Council of State Governments and the education community. It will go into effect once 10 states have enacted legislation agreeing to join. The other nine states are: Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Michigan, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Florida, Connecticut, and Delaware. Delaware will be the 10th and final state when Governor Ruth Ann Minner signs the compact on July 17.
Two military families with their children will make the presentation to
Parkinson with a card saying, "Thank You Kansas!!! You Have Made a
Difference for Army Children." The card was signed by actual military
children who will benefit from the compact.