State Advocacy Toolkit

The Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission, or MiC3, is an agreement that has been signed by all 50 states. This compact provides rights to military-connected children and their families to protect them from being a school district afterthought. MiC3 operates through committees comprised of local and state government officials and active duty military representatives. 

What does not currently exist is a spot on these councils for military spouses, who often manage school enrollment and participation while the active duty member is deployed. At Partners in PROMISE we believe that the decisions that impact our children require the varied voices of both active duty and civilian military parents.

Why hasn’t this already been corrected?

This decision to add these positions is made at the state level.

Partners in PROMISE founder and Executive Director, Michelle Norman was instrumental in ensuring that military spouses’ voices are heard. Her efforts to advocate for representation resulted in not one, but two seats on the Virgina MiC3. And she is sharing her insights and processes with other military spouses who seek representation on their respective councils.

Michelle Norman and Julie Shepard were recognized by Virginia Senator Bill DeSteph, 8th District at the 2020 Virginia General Assembly for their advocacy work for military families including passage of SB 41. (February 29, 2020)

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