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Idaho joins MIC3

Rick Hatfield, Vandenberg Elementary School Title 1 Math and Reading teacher and volunteer crossing guard, stops traffic while students walk across Liberty Boulevard in Box Elder, S.D., Sept. 6, 2012. Douglas School District officials have posted crossing guards at different intersections around their schools due to the increase in vehicle and pedestrian traffic as a result of the change in bussing availability and housing accommodations for Ellsworth Air Force Base residents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Ashley J. Woolridge/Released)

Idaho became the 45th State to join the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3), after state Governor Butch Otter signed House Bill 324 April 9. The bill allows schools in participating states, as well as all Department of Defense Schools overseas, to transfer credits for military children without penalty and regardless of curriculum. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Ashley J. Woolridge/Released)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Idaho became the 45th State to join the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3), after state Governor Butch Otter signed House Bill 324 April 9.

The bill allows schools in participating states, as well as all Department of Defense Schools overseas, to transfer credits for military children without penalty and regardless of curriculum.

According to the MIC3 website, the average military student faces transition challenges more than twice during high school, and most military children will attend six to nine different school systems in their lives from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

"The Mountain Home School District was very good with supporting military students because they're familiar with the military community," said Col. (ret) Bill Richey, Idaho Military Divisions Liaison. "However, places like Boise and Meridian weren't used to receiving military transfers, and they would treat them as normal transfers."

MIC3 sets guidance for and streamlines the acceptance of military students' school records including educational transcripts, immunizations, placement and attendance. For graduating students, it waives courses required for graduation if a similar course has been completed and allows a student to receive a diploma from the sending school instead of the receiving school.

Col. Christopher Short, 366th Fighter Wing commander, and Col. Steven Griswold, 366th Mission Support Group commander, worked with Richey and several of Idaho's elected officials to become part of the compact.

The passing of this bill is considered to be another testament of Idaho's unwavering support of MHAFB and its families.

"As part of the process, Colonel Short, Colonel Griswold, Mayor (Tom) Rist and I met with Superintendent Tim McMurtrey and School Board President Bill Alexander to solicit and gain their support for joining the compact," Richey said. "Superintendent McMurtrey already provided great support to military children but said he would gladly support being part of the compact. As the superintendent of the school district with the majority of the population in Idaho, he will have an important role in implementing the compact both through the State Council and the MIC3 Commission."

For information on MIC3 requirements within the local school districts, contact Mike Jewell, MHAFB school liaison officer, at (208) 828-2458. For general MIC3 information, visit www.mic3.net.

(Editor's note: Colonel Short would like to thank Mike Jewell for helping with this project.)

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