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…for the sake of the child. Military Children and Schools. Princeton University October 8, 2014. David Splitek, Ph.D., Program Manager Higher Education Initiatives www.MilitaryChild.org.

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For the sake of the child

…for the sake of the child

MilitaryChildren and Schools

Princeton University

October 8, 2014

David Splitek, Ph.D., Program Manager Higher Education Initiatives www.MilitaryChild.org

About the military child education coalition

  • Vision:To serve as a model of positive leadership and advocacy for ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition.

  • Mission:

  • To ensure quality educational experiences for all military children

  • Military Child Education Coalition

  • 909 Mountain Lion Circle Harker Heights, Texas 76548

  • (254) 953-1923

  • www.MilitaryChild.org

  • Combined Federal Campaign approved organization, #10261

About the Military Child Education Coalition


Presentation roadmap

  • Overview of Military and Military-Connected Children Demographics

  • MCEC Origins

  • MCEC National Policy Priorities

  • Summary

Presentation Roadmap


Military facts and figures

  • All volunteer force since 1973 (40+ years)

  • About 1.4 million on active duty

  • About 1.4 million National Guard/Reserve Forces

  • Across all branches:

    • 50% are below age 25

    • 85% male

    • High school degree or equivalent

    • 70% have at least some college credit

    • About half are married

    • 10% are dual-military marriages

Military Facts and Figures


Who are the military children

  • Almost 2M children (Mom, Dad or

  • Both Active Duty, Guard or Reserve)

  • 1.1 Million school-aged (5-18)

  • 630,000 children of Active Duty

  • 480,000 children of Guard & Reserves

  • 75% of Active Duty children under age 12

Who Are the Military Children?


Military children and transitions

  • Over 2 million children have a mother or father who served in Iraq or Afghanistan

  • Active Duty Military families move 3 times more frequently than civilian counterparts

Military Children and Transitions


Distribution of military connected children by type of school environment

Distribution of Military-Connected Children by Type of School Environment

Public Schools:76%

Private/Parochial: 10%

DoDEA: 8%

Home Schooled: 6%*

On average, 90% of public education funding comes from state and local sources.


Mcec origins

  • 1950-1975 Vietnam

  • 1973 All-Volunteer -> Longer Service

  • All-Volunteer -> More Married, More Children

  • 1983 Grenada

  • 1991 Desert Storm

  • 1995 Bosnia

MCEC Origins


Mcec origins1

  • Military Parent Issues coalesced in 1990’s

  • School Policies and Admin Rules did not recognize mobile students

    • Grade level placement

    • Course Placement

    • Graduation Requirements

    • Extra-curricular participation

    • Student to student connections

    • School-Age Eligibility Dates

    • Immunization Requirements

MCEC Origins


Mcec origins2

  • 1997 Ft. Hood and Killeen ISD leadership met informally

  • 1997 MCEC created as a nonprofit organization supported financially by KISD for several years

  • Now serving military-connected children worldwide

MCEC Origins


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State Rank by Populations of Military Connected Children





















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The 25 Largest Districts for Military Student Populations



Military child education coalition policy priorities

Data Quality:We support the inclusion of a military-connected student identifier in state public school data systems to help us better understand and track the academic progress of these students and they move through their K-12 school years.

College and Career Ready:

We support programs designed to ensure that all students are college and career-ready when they graduate from high school.

Implementation of the Interstate Compact:

We support the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children. The Compact provides the best opportunity for continuity for mobile military children throughout their K-12 school years.

Military Child Education CoalitionPolicy Priorities


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How We Serve –

Research and Scholarly Publications

  • Over a Decade of In-Depth Inquiry and Analysis --

  • Research --

  • The Secondary Education Transition Study (SETS), 2001: Made recommendations to improve the transition of military-connected students

  • The Special Needs Studies, 2005 and 2009: Explored what transitioning military families face when moving with children who have special needs

  • Education of the Military Child in the 21st Century (EMC-21), 2011: Updates SETS; explores the education challenges of military-connected students with deployed parents; surveys home schooled students; studies challenges faced by children of Reserves and National Guard during deployments

  • Scholarly Publications --

  • The Future of Children (FOC), 2013: Jointly developed with Princeton University, The Brookings Institution, and MCEC -- to promote effective policies and programs for military-connected children and their families by providing timely, objective information based on the best available research.

Spring 2014



For the sake of the child

MCEC National Training Seminar:

July 30-31, 2015

Washington, DC



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…for the sake of the child


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