On October 23, 2019, OSEP published a letter
to “Anonymous” about the provision of compensatory education, as part of a
complaint resolution, after a family relocates to a new state. This informal
guidance can be useful to highly mobile military families.
Note that the informal guidance in the letter isn’t legally
binding; it’s an “interpretation by the U.S. Department of Education of the
requirements of IDEA in the context of specific facts provided.” The letter
states that “if an SEA’s complaint resolution decision has ordered relief
(e.g., compensatory education) that can reasonably be implemented in a new
State and the parent does not reject the remaining compensatory services, the
SEA must ensure the decision is implemented in the new State.” The end notes
give references for how that might be done based on two lawsuits regarding
out-of-district moves and claims for compensatory education.
the entire letter
Many parent center staff, even those who often work with
military-connected families, contact the Branch team with questions about how
things work in the military system.
Here are some examples of questions we’ve received—you may
have similar questions. While you are free to contact
us, many answers can be found in the resources on our website, such as the
resources listed below. You can also
find answers by going to branchta.org and entering
the topic in the search area.
K-12 and Post-Secondary
Continue reading “Frequently Asked Questions-Answers from the Branch”
- “A military family I’m helping is having
difficulty getting their child’s records transferred-who can they talk to?”
- “The new school is insisting the student take an
alternate exit exam due to her disability, which will prevent her from getting
a regular diploma. The family is active duty military—is there anything to
We’re delighted to announce a very special resource developed in collaboration with the Military Family Support Online Discussion Group. The group includes parent center front-line staff and directors from all over the parent center network, primarily from the most heavily military-impacted states. Group members drew on their experiences working with military families to identify what those families need when they arrive in a new state. Their conclusions: state-specific information about a state’s education system is essential for relocating military families, along with how and why to contact a parent center. The result is Military Families, Welcome to Our State! which puts all that information at a military family’s fingertips. Continue reading ““Military Families, Welcome to Our State””
Feature your parent center’s information, training and resources on these topics to reach and assist military families:
- State-specific Information
- Moving and your child’s IEP
- Community resources at your new duty station
these three key areas using language familiar to military-connected families
(“PCSing”) demonstrates your parent center’s knowledge of the issues they face. Continue reading “Key Topics on the minds of military families”
Alex is a young man who considers himself a
“military brat”; he grew up in an Air Force family. He’s also one of the
Branch’s military-connected consultants who help us with research, writing, and
their lived experiences in the military community. Alex is an individual living
with a disability which did not significantly affect his education.
Alex’s education journey: Continue reading “Alex’s Education Journey: Reflections & Tips by a Military Connected Youth with Disabilities”
Military families with whom you are working or who contact your parent center might find the resources in this article very helpful. Included in this article is a link to a parent-friendly handout with the same resources. Resources focus on national-level services available in every state. There are also resource-finders for some of the most common military family needs, especially as they are entering or leaving a community. Some are military-specific while others are open to civilian and military alike. Read online, or download the article and parent handout.
Continue reading “16 Financial Resources for Military Families-with Handout”
We know you store, save and have useful tools available for your work with families. Whether it’s bookmarks with folders labeled by topic or subject, saving resources in Word or Excel documents or printing some to easily share during your one-to-one support or at resource fairs, we’ve got you covered! In our back to school season it’s only logical we offer you new tools, essential resources and updates that you can look at today, save for another time and store for your work with military families. Continue reading “New Tools and Updates Plus Essentials for Your Military Family Toolkit”
Parent Center staff who work with military-connected youth during their crucial high school years know how disruptive a move can be, particularly “re-doing” a transition IEP with new sources of State and local training, support, and services. Parent Centers have the contacts and information to help the youth and family move ahead.
Continue reading “Post-High School Transition Resource for Military Families-with handout”
The Interstate Compact is an excellent tool for your work with military families. There are resources for parents that describe what the Interstate Compact is, and what it can be used for. These two handouts are for military parents who want to know what specific steps to take to start resolving issues by using the Compact, and what their next steps are if their first efforts don’t succeed. You’ll find them helpful too!
Continue reading “Resolve School Issues with the Interstate Compact-2 Parent Handouts”