Issue: 7                            December 19, 2017
The national office will be closed from Dec 20, 2017 - Jan 2, 2018. Phones will not be answered and there will be limited communication via staff email. We wish you the very best during the holidays, and we look forward to an exciting and prosperous new year.
Commissioners Meet in Providence, Rhode Island
Holiday greetings to all! 

A sincere "thank you" for all the work you do for our military families and children every day. As MIC3 celebrates eleven years, we have witnessed major milestones in the organization. In 2014, with 50 states and DC adopting the Compact, we knew our work was just beginning as we strived to ensure “Successful Educational Transitions” for military students in every State.

As we close out 2017 I wanted to thank everyone who attended the Annual Business Meeting (ABM) in late October.  The survey was overwhelmingly positive and it is encouraging to hear that we are going in the right direction. It is through this feedback and the work of our committees that we continue to enhance and evolve the meeting content which is vital as we start the planning for 2018. The Executive Committee (EXCOM) will review suggestions on areas where we can improve and discuss solutions.

At the ABM, the Commission amended the ByLaws to split the Public Relations and Training committee into two separate committees: 1) Training, and 2) Communications and Outreach . The Commission also elected the following officers for 2017-18:

  • Chair - Rosemarie Kraeger (RI)
  • Vice Chair - Pete LuPiba (OH)
  • Treasurer (also Chair of the Finance Committee) - Bob Buehn (FL)

In accordance with our ByLaws, Chair Kraeger appointed standing committee chairs for a one year term: 

  • Rules - Mary Gable (MA)
  • Training - Don Kaminar (AR)
  • Compliance - Daron Korte (MN)
  • Communication and Outreach - Shelley Joan Weiss (WI)

At the recent board retreat in Newport, Rhode Island, the EXCOM spent two days "taking stock" of our vision, mission and core values. We looked at the work and effectiveness of the Board, and explored new ways to be more responsive and transparent to the Commission.
The Board came out of the retreat with renewed vigor and optimism, and the combined commitment that we will continue to "do the right thing for military children".
Attendees at the evening reception were treated to an outstanding performance by the Middletown High School Womens Ensemble under the direction of Jennifer Vaillancourt.
Middletown High School Women's Ensemble
Allison Brusuzky - Military Child
Dr. Robin Hines Honored with Special Award

Dr. Robin Hines is the recipient of Valdosta State University’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award for the James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education and Human Services. He currently serves as Georgia's commissioner.
Virginia Military Families Emphasize Impact on Children During Lunch with Governor and First Lady McAuliffe
Gov. Terry McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe host a lunch for Armed Service members and their families at the Executive Mansion
Daniel Jimanez, age 16, asks Gov. Terry McAuliffe for input on a school assignment during a lunch for members of the Armed Forces and their families at the Executive Mansion.
U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy School and Military Liaison Officers attended the Military Interstate Children’s
Compact Commission Training and Annual Business Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island Oct. 25 thru 27. Best
Practices were identified, information was shared, and new networks were formed to better serve their military

Nanette Pigg (left), Wendy Nakasone-Kalani, Michi Carl, Michael Campbell, Elizabeth Davenport
A student whose parent or legal guardian is an active duty member of the uniformed services, as defined by the Compact, and has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or Immediately returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting, shall be granted additional excused absences at the discretion of the LEA superintendent or head of school to visit with his or her parent or legal guardian relative to such leave or deployment of the parent or guardian. Notwithstanding the above, the LEA superintendent or head of school may provide a maximum number of additional excused absences.
How is the compact making a difference in your community?

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Downloadable one pagers, guides and brochures , are available online for your meetings and events. You may also order resources online. .

The new 2017 Annual Report is also available online!

Rules Committee Meeting
Jan 3, 2018 | 2:00 pm (EDT)

Training Committee Meeting
Jan 9, 2018 | 2:00 pm (EDT)

Compliance Committee Meeting
Jan 9, 2018 | 2:00 pm (EDT)

Communications and Outreach Committee Meeting
Jan 11, 2018 | 2:00 pm (EDT)

Executive Committee Meeting
Jan 18, 2018 | 2:00 pm (EDT)

Finance Committee Meeting
Jan 23, 2018 | 11:00 am (EDT)