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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Commentary: Time for DOD to Offload Schools to Local Districts

  • July 11, 2011
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In response to an investigation revealing that it would cost $4 billion to repair or replace schools located on installations throughout the globe, an Army Times editorial questions why the Pentagon continues to operate a network of 64 schools in the United States.

The department wouldn’t save all the money it spends at those schools since it would have to pay local school districts impact aid, but it still would provide savings that could be better spent on war fighting, according to the commentary.

The six-month investigation by the Center for Public Integrity found that three in four DOD-run schools are either beyond repair or require extensive renovation to meet minimum standards. The 159 base schools in the United States operated by local school districts are in similarly poor shape, meaning that tens of thousands of children attend schools on military installations that are falling apart from age and neglect.

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