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Supporting Educational Rights for Military Families

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Jennifer Cantu

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Transcript of Supporting Educational Rights for Military Families

Opponents
Media Support
A Campaign to Support Educational Rights for Military Families
Supporting military families and their educational rights can come in many forms including locally and nationally

Advocates must work to identify barriers, connect families with resources, and work to educate and empower both families and the communities to which they belong

Advocates for military families face unique challenges pertaining to military lifestyle and requirements, and must proactively address obstacles
Allies
Resources
Module Nine Assignment - Graphic Organizer
Jennifer Cantu
American College of Education

Military Child Education Coalition (2016b) is a non-profit, worldwide organization which works to ensure quality educational opportunities for all children of military families regardless of mobility, family separation, or transitional issues.

Through the Military Child Education Coalition, parents are encouraged to create their own account within the SchoolQuest (2016) website (www.schoolquest.org) to identify educational resources available by state to military families
Topics run from accountability to virtual education; it educates families to their rights and helps them connect to resources
Technology helps connect military families to available resources, most of which are offered at no cost
Advocating for educational rights involves many tiers of stakeholders, from local educational agencies and administrators to national leaders involved in policy creation
All 50 states have agreed upon the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3), guaranteeing reciprocity of students' rights in public schools (The Council of State Governments, 2013)

Engaging stakeholders requires educating civilians on specific challenges of military lifestyle (Cole, 2103)

Allies of military families work passionately to promote the cause with the belief that
together we're stronger
(National Military Family Association, 2016)
References

Cole, R. F. (2014). Understanding military culture: A guide for professional school counselors.
Professional Counselor: Research & Practice, 4(5)
, 497-504. doi:10.15241/rfc.4.5.497

The Council of State Governments. (2013).
About MIC3
. Retrieved from http://mic3.net/pages/About/about.aspx

Jagger, J. C., & Lederer, S. (2014). Impact of geographic mobility on military children's access to special education services. Children & Schools, 36(1), 15-22. doi: 10.1093/cs/cdt046

Graham-Ashley, H. (2016). Fort Hood leaders, area ISDs collaborate to improve education for military children. Fort Hood Sentinel. Retrieved from http://www.forthoodsentinel.com/news/fort-hood-leaders-area-isds-collaborate-to-improve-education-for/article_267b65ec-ac1d-11e6-ac5c-5f8dd5f486c6.html

Military Child Education Coalition. (2016).
About us
. Retrieved from http://www.militarychild.org/about-us

Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University. (2016).
For the media
. Retrieved from https://www.mfri.purdue.edu/newsroom/media.aspx

Military OneSource. (n.d.).
Military OneSource education consultations
. Retrieved from http://www.militaryonesource.mil/confidential-help/specialty-consultation?content_id=282884

National Military Family Association. (2016a).
Every student succeeds act & the military student data identifier
. Retrieved from http://www.militarychild.org/Every-Student-Succeeds-Act-the-Military-Student-Data-Identifier

National Military Family Association. (2016b).
Info + resources
. Retrieved from http://www.militaryfamily.org/info-resources/

SchoolQuest. (2016).
State education resources
. Retrieved from https://www.schoolquest.org/state-education-resources
Advocates working for educational rights of military families must navigate institutional bias due to the unique cultural differences of military lifestyle (Jagger & Lederer, 2014)

Barriers to access pertaining to military families and education have been in the forefront of advocacy in recent years, leading to recent legislation enacted to ensure protection and equality
In December 2015, the members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives voted in favor of the Every Student Succeeds Act
The legislation, signed by the President on December 10, includes a military student identifier that will enable military leaders, educators, and elected officials at all levels of government to understand how military-connected children are performing in school (Military Child Education Coalition, 2016a, para. 3)

Proactive measures include combining with stakeholders to work parallel in articulating needs, identifying obstacles, and collaborating on beneficial solutions for both civilian communities and military families (Graham-Ashley, 2016)
Many organizations publicize information to draw media support for the causes important to military families including Military OneSource (n.d.)

The Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) (2016) aims to engage in timely, relevant and evidence-based communications that help educate and inform our partners about the needs and issues surrounding military families
Members of the media can use this website to learn more about MFRI, connect with knowledgeable experts, and gain information on programs and policies

Social media including Facebook and Twitter are great, inexpensive resources to publicize and broadcast events to interested parties
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