Pro Tem Atkins Appoints Senator Newman to Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

April 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO—Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) has appointed Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) to the State Council on Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.


“As a veteran of the U.S. Army and the father of a young child, Senator Newman is uniquely qualified to serve in this role,” Senate leader Atkins said. “I’m confident that Senator Newman will be a strong advocate to ensure that all of California’s military children have access to a quality education.”


“I’m very grateful to Pro Tem Atkins for demonstrating her confidence in me through this appointment,” Senator Newman said. “I’m looking forward to being part of developing solutions to the unique challenges facing the children of active duty military families, and returning veterans in our state’s K-12 and higher education systems.”


Prior to being elected to the California State Senate, Senator Newman served as an officer in the United States Army with active-duty assignments with a nuclear weapons detachment in South Korea and with a conventional artillery battalion in the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. After retiring from military service and prior to being elected to the Senate, Newman served as founder and executive director of ArmedForce2Workforce, a nonprofit initiative founded in 2012 to assist young veterans in the Orange County/Greater Los Angeles area in the pursuit of rewarding, career-oriented employment.


In 2009, the Legislature authorized California’s membership in the Interstate Compact for Educational Opportunity for Military Children. The Compact was developed in coordination with the U.S. Department of Defense, federal and state education officials, school administrators, and military families to address the unique educational challenges experienced by military children.


All 50 states are members of the Compact, and California has one of the largest military populations, with more than 100,000 children residing in our state at any given time. For more information, please visit the California Department of Education’s Military Children web page at