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Posts Tagged ‘military children’

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 …

Illinois Law Eases School Transition for Military Families

  • July 2, 2014
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Legislation signed into law last week by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) will make it easier for the children of military families to transfer into Illinois schools following a military reassignment. “When a military family has to pick up and move to Illinois, we need to make sure the process is worry-free, especially when it comes to enrolling in a new school,” Quinn said in a written statement. “This new law will ensure that our children of military parents are supported during the school transfer process so they can join their new classmates without delay …

Arizona Website Supports Military Children in Transition

  • July 1, 2014
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Arizona has launched a website to help students of military families and school personnel navigate the challenges associated with frequent relocations. The website’s development follows a 2012 executive order from Gov. Jan Brewer (R) establishing a council to coordinate the state’s participation in the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children with local school districts and military installations, reported Sonoran News. The council and the interstate compact are designed to address issues such as enrollment, class placement, records transfer, immunization requirements, graduation requirements, attendance, exit testing and extracurricular opportunities. “This new website provides Arizona schools and military families with support to ensure all students have access to critical information when moving to a new school,” Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal said in a written statement.

Moves Pose Mental Health Risks for Military Kids, Study Shows

  • April 20, 2014
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Moving to a new town or city poses significant challenges for the mental health of children in military families, especially for teenagers, according to a new study. The researchers looked at the medical records of 548,336 children between ages 6 and 17 with at least one parent in the military; almost 25 percent of the children moved during the past year …

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 …

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