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DOD to Explore Reasons behind Uptick in Child Abuse, Neglect Cases

  • September 15, 2015
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Defense officials have become concerned over a rise in the number of cases of child abuse or neglect, prompting the department to hire an expert to take a closer look at the trend — a 10 percent climb in fiscal 2014, and a 42 percent jump since 2008. “We’re hoping to take a deeper dive into the data in the next year,” a DOD official told the Washington Post. From 2004 to 2008, the number of abused and neglected military children had dropped steadily. The increase in cases since that period contrasts with a decline in child abuse and neglect among civilian families nationwide …

Pentagon Reviews Report on Viability of DOD Schools

  • September 3, 2015
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Defense officials are reviewing a report by the Rand Corp. on the need for the Defense Department to continue operating schools in the continental United States for the dependents of military families. The $905,000 study explored various options rather than making recommendations, Thomas Brady, director of the DOD Education Activity, told Military Times. The activity operates 56 schools in seven states. Brady questioned whether the federal government would realize significant savings from closing some of the activity’s schools. “If you look at options, I suppose you could make a business case that perhaps there could be some savings in money if we eliminated ‘X’ number of schools and the staffs associated with them …

Barksdale AFB to Consider Opening Charter School

  • August 18, 2015
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Officials at Barksdale Air Force Base are considering opening a charter school, according to D.C. Machen, superintendent of Bossier Parish schools. Only eight military installations in the United States have charter schools, including Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans in Belle Chasse. A charter school could be opened on-base in two years; the local school board would need to approve its charter, reported KTBS. It also would need to admit the children of civilian families, which would require civilians to obtain security clearances …

Education Overhaul Calls for Tracking Military Kids’ Performance

  • July 15, 2015
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Language in the House and Senate versions of legislation to overhaul the No Child Left Behind law would require states for the first time to track the academic progress of military children.
Tracking the performance of military children in school would help policymakers assess whether the nation’s education laws are working, said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who sponsored an amendment in committee in April to add a military child identifier to the Senate bill. The House passed its version of the bill replacing the current K-12 education law last week; the Senate is debating its measure this week. Both versions contain language requiring states to collect data on military children …

Army Study Spurs Local Leaders to Improve School Quality

  • July 5, 2015
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The bulk of public school systems serving Army children fall broadly within the middle range when compared to other schools within their state, according to an Army-sponsored review of the quality of public schools and student achievement. The Army never released the 2014 study by WestEd, but officials have discussed the results with local school districts, Military Times reported last week. The study evaluates 393 public schools that serve 200 or more Army children on factors such as academic performance, attendance, student-teacher ratio, quality of teachers, graduation rate, and participation rates and performance on the ACT and SAT tests. WestEd researchers only compared the performance of schools serving Army dependents against state-wide norms, so it doesn’t help the Army or military families compare school systems across the nation …

South Carolina, Washington Enact Laws to Protect Welfare of Military Children

  • July 5, 2015
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Two states for the first time have enacted laws to protect military children from neglect and abuse. Child advocacy legislation signed last month by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) requires local child protective services to identify child welfare and neglect incidents involving active-duty military families and share this information with the appropriate military authorities as soon as possible, according to a DOD Live blog post by Rosemary Freitas Williams, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy. “South Carolina and Washington have now set a precedent that we hope other states will follow in placing language in their state statutes that complements the DOD requirement to report all suspicions of child maltreatment to the state’s child welfare agency …

All 50 States on Board Interstate Schools Compact after New York Enacts Measure

  • September 2, 2014
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A long-standing goal of the Pentagon was reached last month after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed legislation adopting an interstate agreement designed to ease the transition for military children transferring to a new school district, making it the 50th state to embrace the compact. The goal of the interstate compact is to make transition easier so that military children — who typically attend from six to nine different school systems from K-12 — are afforded the same opportunities as other children. States that sign the compact agree to follow common guidelines in handling issues such as enrollment, class placement, records transfer, immunization requirements, graduation requirements, attendance, exit testing and extracurricular opportunities …

End of Quest for All 50 States to Adopt Schools Compact in Sight

  • August 6, 2014
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The aim of state education officials and the Pentagon for all 50 states to adopt an interstate agreement designed to smooth the transition for military children transferring to a new school district is almost at hand, after New Hampshire last week became the 49th state to adopt the pact. The lone remaining state, New York, already has approved legislation adopting the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children; its governor is expected to sign the measure shortly …

Louisiana Defense Communities Honored for Supporting Military Children

  • August 4, 2014
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Local school districts and community groups supporting Fort Polk and Barksdale Air Force Base received Partnership of Excellence Awards from the Military Child Education Coalition last week for collaborations with neighboring installations that address transition and educational issues affecting military children. In Central Louisiana, Fort Polk Progress, the Vernon Parish School District and Fort Polk, along with other local and state partners, received the Outstanding Partnership award for their recent initiative to assess the performance of the district’s schools and craft a plan to plug significant gaps …

DOD Awards STEM Grant to School District Supporting Missouri Post

  • July 21, 2014
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Waynesville R-VI School District recently received a $300,000 grant from the DOD Educational Activity (DODEA) to help it implement a program encouraging students at the school system neighboring Fort Leonard Wood to take college-level math and science courses. The grant will help support an additional five advanced placement (AP) courses in the school district located in central Missouri. DODEA partnered with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) college readiness program …

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