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Posts Tagged ‘military children’

Brigade’s Deactivation to Prompt Closure of Four Schools at Ft. Knox

  • March 7, 2014
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In a sign of things to come, especially for Army communities, Fort Knox will close four of its eight DOD schools for children this summer due to declining enrollment stemming from the loss of its only brigade combat team later this year. The Army is disbanding the 3rd Combat Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Knox as part of its plan to shrink its active component end strength by 80,000 soldiers through the deactivation of brigade combat teams at 10 U.S. installations. The drawdown would leave the Army with 490,000 troops by 2015, a level which would drop further under the Pentagon’s latest five-year spending plan …

DOD Awards $16M Grants to Build Elementary Schools at Kansas, New Mexico Bases

  • January 8, 2014
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School districts in Albuquerque, N.M., and Junction City, Kan., will each receive $16 million grants from the Defense Department to replace elementary schools at neighboring military installations. Albuquerque Public Schools will receive $16.3 million to demolish and rebuild Wherry Elementary School located on Kirtland Air Force Base. Geary County Unified School District 475 will receive $16.1 million to build the new Fort Riley Elementary School …

RAND Study Examines Benefits of Divesting DOD Schools

  • December 2, 2013
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The RAND Corp. is looking at the costs and benefits of operating DOD schools for military dependents in the continental United States, the latest study to focus on a potential divestiture that could help the military stretch its shrinking budget dollars. The study, which is costing the Pentagon $905,000, will review 60 schools at 15 installations that enroll about 23,000 schoolchildren, reported Stars and Stripes. The review will compare the performance of DOD schools with nearby public schools. It will not look at overseas schools operated by the DOD Education Activity …

Schools Remain Open for Military Children, but Commissaries to Close

  • October 1, 2013
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The government shutdown will have a varying impacts on services provided to military personnel, with schools run by the DOD Education Activity for military children remaining open while military commissaries will be forced to shut their doors. School personnel are exempt from the emergency furloughs imposed on about half of the Pentagon’s civilian workers as a result of the shutdown that began Tuesday. Schools will operate on a normal schedule and scheduled student activities will continue …

Education Secretary Participates in Town Hall at MCAS Yuma

  • September 17, 2013
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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan participated in a town hall meeting last week at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., where the quality of education for military dependents was the chief concern of military families and local education officials. Duncan — whose visit was part of the “Strong Start, Bright Future” annual back-to-school bus tour — underscored the detrimental impact of sequestration on schools in military communities that rely on federal impact aid. “To see sequestration take those scarce resources away is absolute nonsense, absolutely infuriating,” said Duncan, reported DOD. “I keep pushing folks in Congress on both sides of the aisle to get out of Washington and spend time in real communities and see what the impact of their dysfunction has on kids.”

Young Children Feel the Strains of War Too, Research Finds

  • July 23, 2013
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Children in military families under the age of six are particularly vulnerable to the impact of deployments and other challenges related to military service, according to a new report by Child Trends. Parents and caregivers should be taught to better manage child behavior as the strain on military families after more than a decade of war is felt by young children just as it is by older children and non-deployed adults, according to the report. Young children are at risk because of their emotional dependence on adults and their developing brains’ susceptibility to high levels of stress …

Local District Awarded $91M to Build Three Schools at JB Lewis-McChord

  • June 14, 2013
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The Clover Park School District of Lakewood, Wash., will receive three grants totaling $90.8 million from DOD to demolish and replace three elementary schools on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the department announced last week. Project funding to replace the three schools, which will serve a combined 1,550 students in grades pre-kindergarten through fifth, also includes a non-federal share of $23.1 million …

Furloughs Limited at DODEA Schools

  • May 15, 2013
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s announcement Tuesday that civilian employees would be forced to take 11 days of unpaid leave during the last three months of the fiscal year provided exceptions for significant segments of the workforce, including workers at DOD schools and the Navy’s four public shipyards. About 11,000 teachers, aides and other workers at DOD Education Activity schools will be limited to a maximum of five days of furloughs, which will be taken at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year …

Schools Compact Approaches Adoption by All 50 States

  • May 9, 2013
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Montana became the 46th state to adopt an interstate agreement designed to smooth the transition for military children transferring to a new school district after Gov. Steve Bullock signed Senate Bill 203 last week. “We thank Governor Bullock for signing the interstate compact and the supporters in Montana for helping to resolve education transition issues for military children. We look forward to having all 50 states on board …

Budget Constraints Slow DOD School Upgrades

  • May 6, 2013
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Sequestration is holding up 11 DOD Education Activity replacement and renovation projects in the fiscal 2013 budget, according to DODEA. Only one of the projects is in the United States, with the remaining ones spread across Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom and South Korea. The U.S. project is at Fort Campbell, Ky.

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