Volume 5, Issue 7
July 2022
South Carolina's Compact 101 Training
South Carolina Commissioner Kim Priester & Executive Director Cherise Imai were recently invited by Kershaw County Schools Military Liaison, Karean Troy, to brief school counselors on the Compact. Attendees also heard from Fred Henley, Army school liaison; Dennisse Jones, Air Force school liaison; and Sabrina Campos from the Military Child Education Coalition on resources & support services for military families and students.

The Commission provides training at no cost on request. For more information, contact Lindsey Dablow, Training and Operations Associate at [email protected] to schedule training for your state or organization today!
Commission Milestones
With the recent Commissioner appointment for the District of Columbia, 100% of the member seats are filled - for the first time in the history of the organization!

In addition, with the receipt of California's dues on July 7th, we are pleased to report all states are compliant for dues in FY2022!
New Guidance Helps Schools Support Students with Disabilities and Avoid Discriminatory Use of Discipline
New guidance released from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) helps public elementary and secondary schools fulfill their responsibilities to meet the needs of students with disabilities and avoid the discriminatory use of student discipline.

These newly released resources are the most comprehensive guidance on the civil rights of students with disabilities concerning student discipline and build on the Department’s continued efforts to support students and schools through pandemic recovery.

New MIC3 Ex-Officio Representative:
Caitlin Hammon
Caitlin joined the National Military Family Association as Deputy Director in 2022 and is now serving as the NMFA Representative to the Commission. Caitlin's passion is advocating for military families. She monitors issues relevant to the quality of life of families of the uniformed services. Her focus is on children’s education, child care, youth/teens, defense resale, and voting. Prior to working for NMFA, Caitlin served as Associate Director at the Military Officers Association of America covering issues pertaining to the Uniformed Services. She successfully advocated for legislation which expanded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Commissioned Officer Corps and addressed several other needs to be on par with the other services.
EPA Clean School Bus Program: 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates
With funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, EPA’s new Clean School Bus Program provides $5 billion over the next five years (FY 2022-2026) to replace existing school buses with zero-emission and low-emission models. EPA is offering $500 million through the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates for zero-emission and low-emission school bus rebates as the first funding opportunity. EPA will continue to update this page with additional Clean School Bus Program funding information and educational resources.

ECAC Webinar on Belonging: Inclusion in the Classroom and Community
Exceptional Children's Assistance Center (ECAC) is holding a webinar on the philosophy, legal issues, barriers and strategies related to the inclusion of students with disabilities in regular classroom settings. Participants will have a better understanding of how to partner with teachers to create inclusive school environments for students, including students with significant disabilities.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Define inclusion as it relates to children with disabilities in public schools
  • Identify benefits and barriers to inclusion for all children
  • Recognize tools and strategies to help parents support inclusion in their child’s classroom.

  • Rules - Tuesday, August 9, 2:00 PM ET
  • Leadership Nomination - Monday, August 15, 1:00 PM ET
  • Executive - Thursday, August 18, 2022
  • Training - Tuesday, August 23, 1:00 PM ET
  • Finance - Wednesday, August 24, 11:00 AM ET
  • Compliance - Tuesday, September 13, 2:00 PM ET
  • Communications & Outreach - Wednesday, September 14, 2:00 PM ET
  • Ex-officio - Thursday, October 6, 11:00 AM ET

  • Wednesday July 27, 9:00 AM ET - Compact 101 Training - register here
  • Wednesday July 27, 2:00 PM ET - Compact 201 Training - register here