Condition of Military Schools Remains in Spotlight
Last month’ s probe by Center for Public Integrity’ s iWatchNews and related stories in major national publications has continued to focus significant attention on the condition of schools on military installations. The probe reported that many of the 353 base schools around the globe are falling apart from age and neglect, and fail to meet even the minimum standards of the military.
Included in the military construction/veterans appropriation bill passed Wednesday was an amendment requiring the Secretary of Defense to submit a report on the status and improvement plan for all DoD schools with a poor or failing condition rating.
Also on Wednesday, two former Virginia governors locked in a heated Senate race, Democrat Timothy Kaine and Republican George Allen, issued a rare joint statement regarding the problems with military schools. in their joint statement, they asked, “Don’t we as a country have a responsibility to these brave men and women — and their families — to ensure their children are provided for as their parents fight for our country?”
Earlier this week, a bipartisan group of senators sent a letter urging Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to make the repair and replacement of substandard base schools a priority.
Last month, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) asked the Government Accountability Office launch an inquiry into the state of base schools, calling school conditions “a very serious issue which demands immediate attention.”