Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA) is a national organization of school superintendents and elected school boards. Our mission is to serve school districts with a high concentration of military-connected children.
Formed in 1986 in Omaha, Nebraska, MISA works on funding, legislation, partnerships and programs for military families on the move.
Education is an important quality of life program for military families. MISA partners with the Department of Defense, National Military Family Association, and military leaders to ensure that all military-connected children are afforded a quality education. MISA works with our member school districts and commanders to highlight and promote best practices and partnerships that can further meet the needs of military families.
* STATUS: For DoD Impact Aid and Special Education Funding, Congress appropriated $70 million in FY’21. Our goal is for Congress to authorize and appropriate $70 million in FY’22.
Congress has appropriated funding over the past 10 years to help with military construction for properties located on federal property through the Department of Defense. This program has renovated and built many new schools for military-connected children on post schools. This program needs to continue to be funded and expanded to schools off installation that still serve a high percentage of military-connected children.
MISA is a member of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. The Council of State Governments was hired by DoD to work with agencies and states to “remove barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families because of frequent moves and deployments.”
* STATUS: The Interstate Compact was approved in January, 2008. All fifty states and the District of Columbia have approved the legislation. The relationship with the leadership of the Military Children Interstate Compact is very strong.
MISA works to develop many partnerships with a common cause--doing what’s best for our military-connected children and families. Some of our many partners include the Department of Defense, DoDEA, National Military Family Association, National PTA, military associations, etc.