Military keiki benefit from MIC3 signing

| June 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hawaii State House of Representative
News Release



HONOLULU — Hawaii’s participation in the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission, or MIC3, was reauthorized and signed into law, here, June 3.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed House Bill 4 into law at a ceremony in the Governor’s executive chambers.

The bill makes Hawaii a permanent member of the national compact. A total of 39 states have already enacted the compact since 2008.

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, national associations, federal and state officials, the Department of Education of each state, school administrators and military families.

“Our military children, just like our local children, deserve the very best,” said Rep. K. Mark Takai, who coordinated the Hawaii State Legislature’s Military Appreciation Package. “We work tirelessly to meet the special needs and demands of being a military child.”

Enacted first in 2009, Act 152 allowed Hawaii to join the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children for two years. Act 152 had a lapse date of June 30.

House Bill 4 removes the lapse date and “will permanently ease the transition for the military children, so that they are afforded the same opportunities for educational success as other children and are not penalized or delayed in achieving their educational goals,” Takai said.

The bill recognizes and addresses the issues and the uniqueness of Hawaii’s statewide school system, such as Hawaii’s tuberculosis clearance

requirement and allowing the child of a deployed service member to finish the school year at the school he or she is currently enrolled in, while in the custody of a guardian.

Hawaii’s State Council includes six uniformed military members representing all branches of the military and a member representing the U.S. Pacific Command. The other 38 states only have one military representative serving on their state councils.

“If every state had the organization and structure Hawaii has, there would no challenges,” said retired Brig. Gen. Norman Arflack, the executive director of the National Interstate Compact Commission. “You have broken the code here in Hawaii.”

“Other states monitor what is being done here,” said Rick Masters, legal counsel to the national commission. “This is what the compact is about.”

Since the 2008 legislative session, Takai has worked with numerous organizations and individuals to analyze how Hawaii supports military children who frequently move into and out of Hawaii’s education system.

“Together with Sen. Jill Tokuda, former Sen. Norman Sakamoto and Rep. Roy Takumi, we have worked diligently over the past decade to build a comprehensive partnership between the military and our school system, to understand and recognize the unique challenges facing military children and their families,” Takai said.

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