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CHAPTER 15.1-04COMPACT FOR EDUCATION15.1-04-01. Compact for education. The compact for education is hereby entered intoand enacted into law with all jurisdictions legally joining therein, in the form substantially as<br>follows:COMPACT FOR EDUCATIONArticle I - Purpose and PolicyA.It is the purpose of this compact to:1.Establish and maintain close cooperation and understanding among executive,<br>legislative, professional, educational, and lay leadership on a nationwide basis<br>at the state and local levels.2.Provide a forum for the discussion, development, crystallization, and<br>recommendation of public policy alternatives in the field of education.3.Provide a clearinghouse for information on matters relating to education<br>problems and how they are being met in different places throughout the nation,<br>so that the executive and legislative branches of state government and of local<br>communities may have ready access to the experience and record of the entire<br>country, and so that both lay and professional groups in the field of education<br>may have additional avenues for the sharing of experience and the interchange<br>of ideas in the formation of public policy in education.4.Facilitate the improvement of state and local education systems so that all of<br>them will be able to meet adequate and desirable goals in a society that<br>requires continuous qualitative and quantitative advances in educational<br>opportunities, methods, and facilities.B.It is the policy of this compact to encourage and promote local and state initiatives in<br>the development, maintenance, improvement, and administration of education<br>systems and institutions in a manner that will accord with the needs and advantages<br>of diversity among localities and states.C.The party states recognize that each of them has an interest in the quality and<br>quantity of education furnished in each of the other states, as well as in the<br>excellence of its own education system and institutions, because of the highly mobile<br>character of individuals within the nation, and because the products and services<br>contributing to the health, welfare, and economic advancement of each state are<br>supplied in significant part by persons educated in other states.Article II - State DefinedAs used in this compact, &quot;state&quot; means a state, territory, or possession of the United States, the<br>District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.Article III - The CommissionA.The education commission of the states, hereinafter called &quot;the commission&quot;, is<br>hereby established. The commission consists of seven members representing each<br>party state. One of the members must be the governor and two must be members<br>of the state legislative assembly selected by its respective houses. The governor<br>shall appoint the remaining four members, all of whom serve at the pleasure of the<br>governor. If the laws of a state prevent legislators from serving on the commission,<br>the governor shall appoint six members, all of whom shall serve at the pleasure of<br>the governor, unless the laws of the state otherwise provide. In addition to any other<br>principles or requirements that a state may establish for the appointment and service<br>of its members on the commission, the guiding principle for the composition of thePage No. 1membership on the commission from each party state is that the members<br>representing the state must, by virtue of their training, experience, knowledge, or<br>affiliations, be in a position collectively to reflect broadly the interests of the state<br>government, higher education, the state education system, local education, and lay<br>and professional, as well as public and nonpublic educational leadership. Of those<br>appointees, one must be the head of a state agency or institution, designated by the<br>governor, having responsibility for one or more programs of public education. In<br>addition to the members of the commission representing the party states, there may<br>not be more than ten nonvoting commissioners selected by the steering committee<br>for terms of one year.The nonvoting commissioners shall represent leadingnational organizations of professional educators or individuals concerned with<br>educational administration.B.The members of the commission are entitled to one vote each on the commission.<br>No action of the commission is binding unless taken at a meeting at which a majority<br>of the total number of votes on the commission are cast in favor of the action.<br>Action of the commission may be only at a meeting at which a majority of the<br>commissioners are present. The commission shall meet at least once a year. In its<br>bylaws, and subject to any directions and limitations contained in the bylaws, the<br>commission may delegate the exercise of its powers to the steering committee or<br>the executive director, except for the power to approve budgets or requests for<br>appropriations, the power to make policy recommendations pursuant to Article IV,<br>and the adoption of the annual report pursuant to this article.C.The commission shall have a seal.D.The commission shall elect annually, from among its members, a chairman, who<br>must be a governor, a vice chairman, and a treasurer.The commission shallprovide for the appointment of an executive director. The executive director shall<br>serve at the pleasure of the commission and, together with the treasurer and other<br>personnel deemed appropriate by the commission, shall be bonded in an amount<br>determined by the commission. The executive director shall be secretary.E.Notwithstanding the civil service, personnel, or other merit system laws of a party<br>state, the executive director, subject to the approval of the steering committee, shall<br>appoint, remove, or discharge personnel as necessary for the performance of the<br>functions of the commission, and shall fix the duties and compensation of the<br>personnel. The commission in its bylaws shall provide for the personnel policies and<br>programs of the commission.F.The commission may borrow, accept, or contract for the services of personnel from<br>any party jurisdiction, the United States, or any subdivision or agency of the<br>aforementioned governments, or from any agency of two or more of the party<br>jurisdictions or their subdivisions.G.The commission may accept for any of its purposes and functions under this<br>compact any and all donations, and grants of money, equipment, supplies,<br>materials, and services, conditional or otherwise, from any state, the United States,<br>or any other governmental agency, or from any person, firm, association, foundation,<br>or corporation, and may receive, utilize, and dispose of the same. Any donation or<br>grant accepted by the commission or services borrowed pursuant to this article must<br>be reported in the annual report of the commission. The report must include the<br>nature, amount, and conditions, if any, of the donation, grant, or services borrowed,<br>and the identity of the donor or lender.H.The commission may establish and maintain facilities for transacting its business.<br>The commission may acquire, hold, and convey real and personal property and any<br>interest therein.Page No. 2I.The commission shall adopt bylaws for the conduct of its business and shall have<br>the power to amend and rescind the bylaws.The commission shall publish itsbylaws in convenient form and shall file a copy of the bylaws and any amendment to<br>the bylaws, with the appropriate agency or officer in each of the party states.J.The commission annually shall make to the governor and legislative assembly of<br>each party state a report covering the activities of the commission for the preceding<br>year. The commission may make additional reports, as it deems desirable.Article IV - PowersIn addition to authority conferred on the commission by other provisions of the compact, the<br>commission has the authority to:A.Collect, correlate, analyze, and interpret information and data concerning<br>educational needs and resources.B.Encourage and foster research in all aspects of education, but with special reference<br>to the desirable scope of instruction, organization, administration, and instructional<br>methods and standards employed or suitable for employment in public education<br>systems.C.Develop proposals for adequate financing of education as a whole and at each of its<br>many levels.D.Conduct or participate in research if the commission finds that such research is<br>necessary for the advancement of the purposes and policies of this compact,<br>utilizing fully the resources of national associations, regional compact organizations<br>for higher education, and other agencies and institutions, both public and private.E.Formulate suggested policies and plans for the improvement of public education as<br>a whole, or for any segment of public education, and make the recommendations<br>available to appropriate governmental units, agencies, and public officials.F.Do any other thing necessary or incidental to the administration of its authority or<br>functions pursuant to this compact.Article V - Cooperation With Federal GovernmentA.If the laws of the United States specifically so provide, or if administrative provision<br>is made within the federal government, the United States may be represented on the<br>commission by not more than ten representatives. Representatives of the United<br>States must be appointed and serve in the manner provided by or pursuant to<br>federal law, and may be drawn from any branch of the federal government. No<br>representative may have a vote on the commission.B.The commission may provide information and make recommendations to any<br>executive or legislative agency or officer of the federal government concerning the<br>common education policies of the states, and may advise the agency or officer<br>concerning any matter of mutual interest.Article VI - CommitteesA.To assist in the expeditious conduct of its business when the full commission is not<br>meeting, the commission shall elect a steering committee of thirty-two members<br>which, subject to the provisions of this compact and consistent with the policies of<br>the commission, shall be constituted and function as provided in the bylaws of the<br>commission. One-fourth of the voting membership of the steering committee must<br>consist of governors, one-fourth must consist of legislators, and the remainder must<br>consist of other members of the commission.A federal representative on thecommission may serve with the steering committee, but without vote. The voting<br>members of the steering committee shall serve for terms of two years, except thatPage No. 3members elected to the first steering committee of the commission shall be elected<br>as follows: sixteen for one year and sixteen for two years. The chairman, vice<br>chairman, and treasurer of the commission must be members of the steering<br>committee and, anything in this paragraph to the contrary notwithstanding, shall<br>serve during their continuance in these offices. Vacancies in the steering committee<br>do not affect its authority to act, but the commission at the next regular meeting<br>following the occurrence of any vacancy shall fill it for the unexpired term.Noperson may serve more than two terms as a member of the steering committee;<br>provided, that service for a partial term of one year or less does not count toward the<br>two-term limitation.B.The commission may establish advisory and technical committees composed of<br>state, local, and federal functions. Any advisory or technical committee may, on<br>request of the states concerned, be established to consider any matter of special<br>concern to two or more of the party states.C.The commission may establish such additional committees as its bylaws may<br>provide.Article VII - FinanceA.The commission shall advise the governor or designated officer of each party state<br>regarding its budget and estimated expenditures for the period required by the laws<br>of that party state. Each of the commission's budgets of estimated expenditures<br>must contain specific recommendations regarding the amount to be appropriated by<br>each party state.B.The total amount of appropriation requests under any budget must be apportioned<br>among the party states. In making the apportionment, the commission shall devise<br>and employ a formula that takes equitable account of the populations and per capita<br>income levels of the party states.C.The commission may not pledge the credit of any party state. The commission may<br>meet its obligations in whole or in part with funds available to it pursuant to<br>paragraph G of Article III of this compact; provided, that the commission takes<br>specific action setting aside such funds prior to incurring an obligation to be met in<br>whole or in part in this manner. Except when the commission makes use of funds<br>available to it pursuant to paragraph G of Article III, the commission may not incur<br>any obligation prior to the allotment of funds by the party states adequate to meet<br>the obligation.D.The commission shall keep accurate accounts of all receipts and disbursements.<br>The receipts and disbursements of the commission must be subject to the audit and<br>accounting procedures established by its bylaws.However, all receipts anddisbursements of funds handled by the commission must be audited annually by a<br>qualified public accountant, and the report of the audit must be included in and<br>become part of the annual report of the commission.E.The accounts of the commission must be open at any reasonable time for inspection<br>by duly constituted officers of the party states and by any person authorized by the<br>commission.F.Nothing contained herein may be construed to prevent commission compliance with<br>laws relating to the audit or inspection of accounts by or on behalf of any<br>government contributing to the support of the commission.Article VIII - Eligible Parties; Entry Into and WithdrawalA.This compact has as eligible parties all states, territories, and possessions of the<br>United States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.Page No. 4With respect to any jurisdiction not having a governor, the term &quot;governor&quot;, as used<br>in this compact, shall mean the closest equivalent official and the jurisdiction.B.A state or eligible jurisdiction may enter into this compact and it becomes binding on<br>the state or jurisdiction when adopted; provided, that in order to enter into initial<br>effect, adoption by at least ten eligible party jurisdictions is required.C.Adoption of the compact may be either by enactment of the compact or by<br>adherence to the compact by the governor; provided, that in the absence of<br>enactment, adherence by the governor is sufficient to make a state a party only until<br>December 31, 1967. Any party state may withdraw from this compact by enacting a<br>statute repealing the compact. A withdrawal may not take effect until one year after<br>the governor of the withdrawing state has given notice in writing of the withdrawal to<br>the governors of all other party states. No withdrawal shall affect any liability already<br>incurred by or chargeable to a party state prior to the time of withdrawal.Article IX - Construction and SeverabilityThis compact must be liberally construed to effectuate its purposes.The provisions of thiscompact are severable and if any phrase, clause, sentence, or provision of this compact is<br>declared to be contrary to the constitution of any state or of the United States, or the application<br>of the compact to any government, agency, person, or circumstance is held invalid, the validity of<br>the remainder of this compact and the applicability of the compact to any government, agency,<br>person, or circumstance is not affected. If this compact is held contrary to the constitution of any<br>participating state, the compact must remain in full force and effect as to the state affected and<br>as to all several matters.15.1-04-02. Education commission of the states - Bylaws. Pursuant to paragraph I ofarticle III of the compact for education, the education commission of the states shall file a copy of<br>its bylaws and any amendment to its bylaws with the secretary of state.Page No. 5Document Outlinechapter 15.1-04 compact for education

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CHAPTER 15.1-04COMPACT FOR EDUCATION15.1-04-01. Compact for education. The compact for education is hereby entered intoand enacted into law with all jurisdictions legally joining therein, in the form substantially as<br>follows:COMPACT FOR EDUCATIONArticle I - Purpose and PolicyA.It is the purpose of this compact to:1.Establish and maintain close cooperation and understanding among executive,<br>legislative, professional, educational, and lay leadership on a nationwide basis<br>at the state and local levels.2.Provide a forum for the discussion, development, crystallization, and<br>recommendation of public policy alternatives in the field of education.3.Provide a clearinghouse for information on matters relating to education<br>problems and how they are being met in different places throughout the nation,<br>so that the executive and legislative branches of state government and of local<br>communities may have ready access to the experience and record of the entire<br>country, and so that both lay and professional groups in the field of education<br>may have additional avenues for the sharing of experience and the interchange<br>of ideas in the formation of public policy in education.4.Facilitate the improvement of state and local education systems so that all of<br>them will be able to meet adequate and desirable goals in a society that<br>requires continuous qualitative and quantitative advances in educational<br>opportunities, methods, and facilities.B.It is the policy of this compact to encourage and promote local and state initiatives in<br>the development, maintenance, improvement, and administration of education<br>systems and institutions in a manner that will accord with the needs and advantages<br>of diversity among localities and states.C.The party states recognize that each of them has an interest in the quality and<br>quantity of education furnished in each of the other states, as well as in the<br>excellence of its own education system and institutions, because of the highly mobile<br>character of individuals within the nation, and because the products and services<br>contributing to the health, welfare, and economic advancement of each state are<br>supplied in significant part by persons educated in other states.Article II - State DefinedAs used in this compact, &quot;state&quot; means a state, territory, or possession of the United States, the<br>District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.Article III - The CommissionA.The education commission of the states, hereinafter called &quot;the commission&quot;, is<br>hereby established. The commission consists of seven members representing each<br>party state. One of the members must be the governor and two must be members<br>of the state legislative assembly selected by its respective houses. The governor<br>shall appoint the remaining four members, all of whom serve at the pleasure of the<br>governor. If the laws of a state prevent legislators from serving on the commission,<br>the governor shall appoint six members, all of whom shall serve at the pleasure of<br>the governor, unless the laws of the state otherwise provide. In addition to any other<br>principles or requirements that a state may establish for the appointment and service<br>of its members on the commission, the guiding principle for the composition of thePage No. 1membership on the commission from each party state is that the members<br>representing the state must, by virtue of their training, experience, knowledge, or<br>affiliations, be in a position collectively to reflect broadly the interests of the state<br>government, higher education, the state education system, local education, and lay<br>and professional, as well as public and nonpublic educational leadership. Of those<br>appointees, one must be the head of a state agency or institution, designated by the<br>governor, having responsibility for one or more programs of public education. In<br>addition to the members of the commission representing the party states, there may<br>not be more than ten nonvoting commissioners selected by the steering committee<br>for terms of one year.The nonvoting commissioners shall represent leadingnational organizations of professional educators or individuals concerned with<br>educational administration.B.The members of the commission are entitled to one vote each on the commission.<br>No action of the commission is binding unless taken at a meeting at which a majority<br>of the total number of votes on the commission are cast in favor of the action.<br>Action of the commission may be only at a meeting at which a majority of the<br>commissioners are present. The commission shall meet at least once a year. In its<br>bylaws, and subject to any directions and limitations contained in the bylaws, the<br>commission may delegate the exercise of its powers to the steering committee or<br>the executive director, except for the power to approve budgets or requests for<br>appropriations, the power to make policy recommendations pursuant to Article IV,<br>and the adoption of the annual report pursuant to this article.C.The commission shall have a seal.D.The commission shall elect annually, from among its members, a chairman, who<br>must be a governor, a vice chairman, and a treasurer.The commission shallprovide for the appointment of an executive director. The executive director shall<br>serve at the pleasure of the commission and, together with the treasurer and other<br>personnel deemed appropriate by the commission, shall be bonded in an amount<br>determined by the commission. The executive director shall be secretary.E.Notwithstanding the civil service, personnel, or other merit system laws of a party<br>state, the executive director, subject to the approval of the steering committee, shall<br>appoint, remove, or discharge personnel as necessary for the performance of the<br>functions of the commission, and shall fix the duties and compensation of the<br>personnel. The commission in its bylaws shall provide for the personnel policies and<br>programs of the commission.F.The commission may borrow, accept, or contract for the services of personnel from<br>any party jurisdiction, the United States, or any subdivision or agency of the<br>aforementioned governments, or from any agency of two or more of the party<br>jurisdictions or their subdivisions.G.The commission may accept for any of its purposes and functions under this<br>compact any and all donations, and grants of money, equipment, supplies,<br>materials, and services, conditional or otherwise, from any state, the United States,<br>or any other governmental agency, or from any person, firm, association, foundation,<br>or corporation, and may receive, utilize, and dispose of the same. Any donation or<br>grant accepted by the commission or services borrowed pursuant to this article must<br>be reported in the annual report of the commission. The report must include the<br>nature, amount, and conditions, if any, of the donation, grant, or services borrowed,<br>and the identity of the donor or lender.H.The commission may establish and maintain facilities for transacting its business.<br>The commission may acquire, hold, and convey real and personal property and any<br>interest therein.Page No. 2I.The commission shall adopt bylaws for the conduct of its business and shall have<br>the power to amend and rescind the bylaws.The commission shall publish itsbylaws in convenient form and shall file a copy of the bylaws and any amendment to<br>the bylaws, with the appropriate agency or officer in each of the party states.J.The commission annually shall make to the governor and legislative assembly of<br>each party state a report covering the activities of the commission for the preceding<br>year. The commission may make additional reports, as it deems desirable.Article IV - PowersIn addition to authority conferred on the commission by other provisions of the compact, the<br>commission has the authority to:A.Collect, correlate, analyze, and interpret information and data concerning<br>educational needs and resources.B.Encourage and foster research in all aspects of education, but with special reference<br>to the desirable scope of instruction, organization, administration, and instructional<br>methods and standards employed or suitable for employment in public education<br>systems.C.Develop proposals for adequate financing of education as a whole and at each of its<br>many levels.D.Conduct or participate in research if the commission finds that such research is<br>necessary for the advancement of the purposes and policies of this compact,<br>utilizing fully the resources of national associations, regional compact organizations<br>for higher education, and other agencies and institutions, both public and private.E.Formulate suggested policies and plans for the improvement of public education as<br>a whole, or for any segment of public education, and make the recommendations<br>available to appropriate governmental units, agencies, and public officials.F.Do any other thing necessary or incidental to the administration of its authority or<br>functions pursuant to this compact.Article V - Cooperation With Federal GovernmentA.If the laws of the United States specifically so provide, or if administrative provision<br>is made within the federal government, the United States may be represented on the<br>commission by not more than ten representatives. Representatives of the United<br>States must be appointed and serve in the manner provided by or pursuant to<br>federal law, and may be drawn from any branch of the federal government. No<br>representative may have a vote on the commission.B.The commission may provide information and make recommendations to any<br>executive or legislative agency or officer of the federal government concerning the<br>common education policies of the states, and may advise the agency or officer<br>concerning any matter of mutual interest.Article VI - CommitteesA.To assist in the expeditious conduct of its business when the full commission is not<br>meeting, the commission shall elect a steering committee of thirty-two members<br>which, subject to the provisions of this compact and consistent with the policies of<br>the commission, shall be constituted and function as provided in the bylaws of the<br>commission. One-fourth of the voting membership of the steering committee must<br>consist of governors, one-fourth must consist of legislators, and the remainder must<br>consist of other members of the commission.A federal representative on thecommission may serve with the steering committee, but without vote. The voting<br>members of the steering committee shall serve for terms of two years, except thatPage No. 3members elected to the first steering committee of the commission shall be elected<br>as follows: sixteen for one year and sixteen for two years. The chairman, vice<br>chairman, and treasurer of the commission must be members of the steering<br>committee and, anything in this paragraph to the contrary notwithstanding, shall<br>serve during their continuance in these offices. Vacancies in the steering committee<br>do not affect its authority to act, but the commission at the next regular meeting<br>following the occurrence of any vacancy shall fill it for the unexpired term.Noperson may serve more than two terms as a member of the steering committee;<br>provided, that service for a partial term of one year or less does not count toward the<br>two-term limitation.B.The commission may establish advisory and technical committees composed of<br>state, local, and federal functions. Any advisory or technical committee may, on<br>request of the states concerned, be established to consider any matter of special<br>concern to two or more of the party states.C.The commission may establish such additional committees as its bylaws may<br>provide.Article VII - FinanceA.The commission shall advise the governor or designated officer of each party state<br>regarding its budget and estimated expenditures for the period required by the laws<br>of that party state. Each of the commission's budgets of estimated expenditures<br>must contain specific recommendations regarding the amount to be appropriated by<br>each party state.B.The total amount of appropriation requests under any budget must be apportioned<br>among the party states. In making the apportionment, the commission shall devise<br>and employ a formula that takes equitable account of the populations and per capita<br>income levels of the party states.C.The commission may not pledge the credit of any party state. The commission may<br>meet its obligations in whole or in part with funds available to it pursuant to<br>paragraph G of Article III of this compact; provided, that the commission takes<br>specific action setting aside such funds prior to incurring an obligation to be met in<br>whole or in part in this manner. Except when the commission makes use of funds<br>available to it pursuant to paragraph G of Article III, the commission may not incur<br>any obligation prior to the allotment of funds by the party states adequate to meet<br>the obligation.D.The commission shall keep accurate accounts of all receipts and disbursements.<br>The receipts and disbursements of the commission must be subject to the audit and<br>accounting procedures established by its bylaws.However, all receipts anddisbursements of funds handled by the commission must be audited annually by a<br>qualified public accountant, and the report of the audit must be included in and<br>become part of the annual report of the commission.E.The accounts of the commission must be open at any reasonable time for inspection<br>by duly constituted officers of the party states and by any person authorized by the<br>commission.F.Nothing contained herein may be construed to prevent commission compliance with<br>laws relating to the audit or inspection of accounts by or on behalf of any<br>government contributing to the support of the commission.Article VIII - Eligible Parties; Entry Into and WithdrawalA.This compact has as eligible parties all states, territories, and possessions of the<br>United States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.Page No. 4With respect to any jurisdiction not having a governor, the term &quot;governor&quot;, as used<br>in this compact, shall mean the closest equivalent official and the jurisdiction.B.A state or eligible jurisdiction may enter into this compact and it becomes binding on<br>the state or jurisdiction when adopted; provided, that in order to enter into initial<br>effect, adoption by at least ten eligible party jurisdictions is required.C.Adoption of the compact may be either by enactment of the compact or by<br>adherence to the compact by the governor; provided, that in the absence of<br>enactment, adherence by the governor is sufficient to make a state a party only until<br>December 31, 1967. Any party state may withdraw from this compact by enacting a<br>statute repealing the compact. A withdrawal may not take effect until one year after<br>the governor of the withdrawing state has given notice in writing of the withdrawal to<br>the governors of all other party states. No withdrawal shall affect any liability already<br>incurred by or chargeable to a party state prior to the time of withdrawal.Article IX - Construction and SeverabilityThis compact must be liberally construed to effectuate its purposes.The provisions of thiscompact are severable and if any phrase, clause, sentence, or provision of this compact is<br>declared to be contrary to the constitution of any state or of the United States, or the application<br>of the compact to any government, agency, person, or circumstance is held invalid, the validity of<br>the remainder of this compact and the applicability of the compact to any government, agency,<br>person, or circumstance is not affected. If this compact is held contrary to the constitution of any<br>participating state, the compact must remain in full force and effect as to the state affected and<br>as to all several matters.15.1-04-02. Education commission of the states - Bylaws. Pursuant to paragraph I ofarticle III of the compact for education, the education commission of the states shall file a copy of<br>its bylaws and any amendment to its bylaws with the secretary of state.Page No. 5Document Outlinechapter 15.1-04 compact for education

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CHAPTER 15.1-04COMPACT FOR EDUCATION15.1-04-01. Compact for education. The compact for education is hereby entered intoand enacted into law with all jurisdictions legally joining therein, in the form substantially as<br>follows:COMPACT FOR EDUCATIONArticle I - Purpose and PolicyA.It is the purpose of this compact to:1.Establish and maintain close cooperation and understanding among executive,<br>legislative, professional, educational, and lay leadership on a nationwide basis<br>at the state and local levels.2.Provide a forum for the discussion, development, crystallization, and<br>recommendation of public policy alternatives in the field of education.3.Provide a clearinghouse for information on matters relating to education<br>problems and how they are being met in different places throughout the nation,<br>so that the executive and legislative branches of state government and of local<br>communities may have ready access to the experience and record of the entire<br>country, and so that both lay and professional groups in the field of education<br>may have additional avenues for the sharing of experience and the interchange<br>of ideas in the formation of public policy in education.4.Facilitate the improvement of state and local education systems so that all of<br>them will be able to meet adequate and desirable goals in a society that<br>requires continuous qualitative and quantitative advances in educational<br>opportunities, methods, and facilities.B.It is the policy of this compact to encourage and promote local and state initiatives in<br>the development, maintenance, improvement, and administration of education<br>systems and institutions in a manner that will accord with the needs and advantages<br>of diversity among localities and states.C.The party states recognize that each of them has an interest in the quality and<br>quantity of education furnished in each of the other states, as well as in the<br>excellence of its own education system and institutions, because of the highly mobile<br>character of individuals within the nation, and because the products and services<br>contributing to the health, welfare, and economic advancement of each state are<br>supplied in significant part by persons educated in other states.Article II - State DefinedAs used in this compact, &quot;state&quot; means a state, territory, or possession of the United States, the<br>District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.Article III - The CommissionA.The education commission of the states, hereinafter called &quot;the commission&quot;, is<br>hereby established. The commission consists of seven members representing each<br>party state. One of the members must be the governor and two must be members<br>of the state legislative assembly selected by its respective houses. The governor<br>shall appoint the remaining four members, all of whom serve at the pleasure of the<br>governor. If the laws of a state prevent legislators from serving on the commission,<br>the governor shall appoint six members, all of whom shall serve at the pleasure of<br>the governor, unless the laws of the state otherwise provide. In addition to any other<br>principles or requirements that a state may establish for the appointment and service<br>of its members on the commission, the guiding principle for the composition of thePage No. 1membership on the commission from each party state is that the members<br>representing the state must, by virtue of their training, experience, knowledge, or<br>affiliations, be in a position collectively to reflect broadly the interests of the state<br>government, higher education, the state education system, local education, and lay<br>and professional, as well as public and nonpublic educational leadership. Of those<br>appointees, one must be the head of a state agency or institution, designated by the<br>governor, having responsibility for one or more programs of public education. In<br>addition to the members of the commission representing the party states, there may<br>not be more than ten nonvoting commissioners selected by the steering committee<br>for terms of one year.The nonvoting commissioners shall represent leadingnational organizations of professional educators or individuals concerned with<br>educational administration.B.The members of the commission are entitled to one vote each on the commission.<br>No action of the commission is binding unless taken at a meeting at which a majority<br>of the total number of votes on the commission are cast in favor of the action.<br>Action of the commission may be only at a meeting at which a majority of the<br>commissioners are present. The commission shall meet at least once a year. In its<br>bylaws, and subject to any directions and limitations contained in the bylaws, the<br>commission may delegate the exercise of its powers to the steering committee or<br>the executive director, except for the power to approve budgets or requests for<br>appropriations, the power to make policy recommendations pursuant to Article IV,<br>and the adoption of the annual report pursuant to this article.C.The commission shall have a seal.D.The commission shall elect annually, from among its members, a chairman, who<br>must be a governor, a vice chairman, and a treasurer.The commission shallprovide for the appointment of an executive director. The executive director shall<br>serve at the pleasure of the commission and, together with the treasurer and other<br>personnel deemed appropriate by the commission, shall be bonded in an amount<br>determined by the commission. The executive director shall be secretary.E.Notwithstanding the civil service, personnel, or other merit system laws of a party<br>state, the executive director, subject to the approval of the steering committee, shall<br>appoint, remove, or discharge personnel as necessary for the performance of the<br>functions of the commission, and shall fix the duties and compensation of the<br>personnel. The commission in its bylaws shall provide for the personnel policies and<br>programs of the commission.F.The commission may borrow, accept, or contract for the services of personnel from<br>any party jurisdiction, the United States, or any subdivision or agency of the<br>aforementioned governments, or from any agency of two or more of the party<br>jurisdictions or their subdivisions.G.The commission may accept for any of its purposes and functions under this<br>compact any and all donations, and grants of money, equipment, supplies,<br>materials, and services, conditional or otherwise, from any state, the United States,<br>or any other governmental agency, or from any person, firm, association, foundation,<br>or corporation, and may receive, utilize, and dispose of the same. Any donation or<br>grant accepted by the commission or services borrowed pursuant to this article must<br>be reported in the annual report of the commission. The report must include the<br>nature, amount, and conditions, if any, of the donation, grant, or services borrowed,<br>and the identity of the donor or lender.H.The commission may establish and maintain facilities for transacting its business.<br>The commission may acquire, hold, and convey real and personal property and any<br>interest therein.Page No. 2I.The commission shall adopt bylaws for the conduct of its business and shall have<br>the power to amend and rescind the bylaws.The commission shall publish itsbylaws in convenient form and shall file a copy of the bylaws and any amendment to<br>the bylaws, with the appropriate agency or officer in each of the party states.J.The commission annually shall make to the governor and legislative assembly of<br>each party state a report covering the activities of the commission for the preceding<br>year. The commission may make additional reports, as it deems desirable.Article IV - PowersIn addition to authority conferred on the commission by other provisions of the compact, the<br>commission has the authority to:A.Collect, correlate, analyze, and interpret information and data concerning<br>educational needs and resources.B.Encourage and foster research in all aspects of education, but with special reference<br>to the desirable scope of instruction, organization, administration, and instructional<br>methods and standards employed or suitable for employment in public education<br>systems.C.Develop proposals for adequate financing of education as a whole and at each of its<br>many levels.D.Conduct or participate in research if the commission finds that such research is<br>necessary for the advancement of the purposes and policies of this compact,<br>utilizing fully the resources of national associations, regional compact organizations<br>for higher education, and other agencies and institutions, both public and private.E.Formulate suggested policies and plans for the improvement of public education as<br>a whole, or for any segment of public education, and make the recommendations<br>available to appropriate governmental units, agencies, and public officials.F.Do any other thing necessary or incidental to the administration of its authority or<br>functions pursuant to this compact.Article V - Cooperation With Federal GovernmentA.If the laws of the United States specifically so provide, or if administrative provision<br>is made within the federal government, the United States may be represented on the<br>commission by not more than ten representatives. Representatives of the United<br>States must be appointed and serve in the manner provided by or pursuant to<br>federal law, and may be drawn from any branch of the federal government. No<br>representative may have a vote on the commission.B.The commission may provide information and make recommendations to any<br>executive or legislative agency or officer of the federal government concerning the<br>common education policies of the states, and may advise the agency or officer<br>concerning any matter of mutual interest.Article VI - CommitteesA.To assist in the expeditious conduct of its business when the full commission is not<br>meeting, the commission shall elect a steering committee of thirty-two members<br>which, subject to the provisions of this compact and consistent with the policies of<br>the commission, shall be constituted and function as provided in the bylaws of the<br>commission. One-fourth of the voting membership of the steering committee must<br>consist of governors, one-fourth must consist of legislators, and the remainder must<br>consist of other members of the commission.A federal representative on thecommission may serve with the steering committee, but without vote. The voting<br>members of the steering committee shall serve for terms of two years, except thatPage No. 3members elected to the first steering committee of the commission shall be elected<br>as follows: sixteen for one year and sixteen for two years. The chairman, vice<br>chairman, and treasurer of the commission must be members of the steering<br>committee and, anything in this paragraph to the contrary notwithstanding, shall<br>serve during their continuance in these offices. Vacancies in the steering committee<br>do not affect its authority to act, but the commission at the next regular meeting<br>following the occurrence of any vacancy shall fill it for the unexpired term.Noperson may serve more than two terms as a member of the steering committee;<br>provided, that service for a partial term of one year or less does not count toward the<br>two-term limitation.B.The commission may establish advisory and technical committees composed of<br>state, local, and federal functions. Any advisory or technical committee may, on<br>request of the states concerned, be established to consider any matter of special<br>concern to two or more of the party states.C.The commission may establish such additional committees as its bylaws may<br>provide.Article VII - FinanceA.The commission shall advise the governor or designated officer of each party state<br>regarding its budget and estimated expenditures for the period required by the laws<br>of that party state. Each of the commission's budgets of estimated expenditures<br>must contain specific recommendations regarding the amount to be appropriated by<br>each party state.B.The total amount of appropriation requests under any budget must be apportioned<br>among the party states. In making the apportionment, the commission shall devise<br>and employ a formula that takes equitable account of the populations and per capita<br>income levels of the party states.C.The commission may not pledge the credit of any party state. The commission may<br>meet its obligations in whole or in part with funds available to it pursuant to<br>paragraph G of Article III of this compact; provided, that the commission takes<br>specific action setting aside such funds prior to incurring an obligation to be met in<br>whole or in part in this manner. Except when the commission makes use of funds<br>available to it pursuant to paragraph G of Article III, the commission may not incur<br>any obligation prior to the allotment of funds by the party states adequate to meet<br>the obligation.D.The commission shall keep accurate accounts of all receipts and disbursements.<br>The receipts and disbursements of the commission must be subject to the audit and<br>accounting procedures established by its bylaws.However, all receipts anddisbursements of funds handled by the commission must be audited annually by a<br>qualified public accountant, and the report of the audit must be included in and<br>become part of the annual report of the commission.E.The accounts of the commission must be open at any reasonable time for inspection<br>by duly constituted officers of the party states and by any person authorized by the<br>commission.F.Nothing contained herein may be construed to prevent commission compliance with<br>laws relating to the audit or inspection of accounts by or on behalf of any<br>government contributing to the support of the commission.Article VIII - Eligible Parties; Entry Into and WithdrawalA.This compact has as eligible parties all states, territories, and possessions of the<br>United States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.Page No. 4With respect to any jurisdiction not having a governor, the term &quot;governor&quot;, as used<br>in this compact, shall mean the closest equivalent official and the jurisdiction.B.A state or eligible jurisdiction may enter into this compact and it becomes binding on<br>the state or jurisdiction when adopted; provided, that in order to enter into initial<br>effect, adoption by at least ten eligible party jurisdictions is required.C.Adoption of the compact may be either by enactment of the compact or by<br>adherence to the compact by the governor; provided, that in the absence of<br>enactment, adherence by the governor is sufficient to make a state a party only until<br>December 31, 1967. Any party state may withdraw from this compact by enacting a<br>statute repealing the compact. A withdrawal may not take effect until one year after<br>the governor of the withdrawing state has given notice in writing of the withdrawal to<br>the governors of all other party states. No withdrawal shall affect any liability already<br>incurred by or chargeable to a party state prior to the time of withdrawal.Article IX - Construction and SeverabilityThis compact must be liberally construed to effectuate its purposes.The provisions of thiscompact are severable and if any phrase, clause, sentence, or provision of this compact is<br>declared to be contrary to the constitution of any state or of the United States, or the application<br>of the compact to any government, agency, person, or circumstance is held invalid, the validity of<br>the remainder of this compact and the applicability of the compact to any government, agency,<br>person, or circumstance is not affected. If this compact is held contrary to the constitution of any<br>participating state, the compact must remain in full force and effect as to the state affected and<br>as to all several matters.15.1-04-02. Education commission of the states - Bylaws. Pursuant to paragraph I ofarticle III of the compact for education, the education commission of the states shall file a copy of<br>its bylaws and any amendment to its bylaws with the secretary of state.Page No. 5Document Outlinechapter 15.1-04 compact for education

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