Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA) is a national organization of school superintendents. Our mission is to serve school districts with a high concentration of military children. MISA is part of the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools.
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 issue for military families. MISA partners with the Department of Defense, National Military Family Association, Military Child Education Coalition, and military leaders to ensure that all military children are afforded a quality education. MISA works with local school districts and commanders to highlight best practices and partnerships that can further meet the needs of military families.
MISA works with the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS), Congress, and members of the House and Senate Impact Aid Coalitions.
MISA is currently working on legislation to reauthorize Impact Aid in 2016.
The reauthorization bill contained a provision to ensure no unintended consequences regarding Impact Aid funding for local schools as long as the land where the privatized housing is located remains federal or leased by the federal government.
Another unintended consequence as a result of privatization of military housing that MISA has been working on relates to income-driven programs. The intent of privatized housing is to provide quality housing for military families with no out-of-pocket expenses. However, due to an accounting procedure on the military members BAH, many military children living in base housing would no longer qualify for free or reduced- price meals. This could result in a $70 per month per child additional out-of-pocket expense for military families. In addition, school districts would loose Title I and state aid funding.
MISA worked with Congress to solve the issue in the following areas. There is now an income disregard for military families living in privatized military housing so that they will continue to be eligible for these programs:
MISA worked on these issues over the past few years and we have been able to correct many of the unintended consequences put in place.
MISA works on funding, information, and transition issues to address the 45,000 military children that will be moving from overseas schools to the U.S. through Global Re- basing, as well as the impact on school districts as a result of BRAC and the Army mobilization.
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 deployment of their parents.”
Major areas of focus include:
STATUS: The Interstate Compact was approved in January 2008. To date all fifty (50) states have approved the legislation. MISA is working with CSG, school districts, and elected leaders to approve legislation in all states. Many of the “solutions” to concerns are “best practices” of school districts.
MISA works to develop many partnerships with a common cause -- doing what’s best for our military children and families. Some of our many partners include the Department of Defense, DoD Education Activities, National Military Family Association, Military Child Education Coalition, National PTA, military associations, etc.
MISA works with local school districts to: