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Compact to Ease School Transitions Adds 45th State

  • April 19, 2013
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Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter signed a measure earlier this month making Idaho the 45th state to adopt an interstate agreement designed to smooth the transition for military children transferring to a new school district. “We thank Gov. Otter for signing the interstate compact,” said Kathleen Berg, chair of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission. “This was truly one of the fastest moving pieces of legislation for the commission …

Publication Series to Help Community Members Support Military Families

  • April 16, 2013
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A partnership between the federal government and other organizations has unveiled a publication series intended to help civilians support military families and veterans across a variety of endeavors. The How to Help Military and Veteran Families series will feature 11 issues tailored to audiences such as medical professionals, faith-based communities, educators, employers, financial institutions, legal professionals, first responders, mental health professionals, and families and friends …

Military Children Won’t Lose Class Time during Current School Year

  • April 15, 2013
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Teachers and counselors at DOD Education Activity (DODEA) schools will not be furloughed during the current school year, ensuring military children won’t miss any class time before the academic year ends in June. Until last week’s announcement, DODEA had not said how sequestration would affect the operation of on-base schools, but military families had worried that planned furloughs for civilian employees would shorten the school year …

Concerns Grow over Impact of DODEA Closures on Students

  • April 4, 2013
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As the administrators of the DOD Education Activity’s 194 schools plan for cancelling classes during furlough days, affected teachers worry about the impact on their students. Many teachers — who like most DOD civilian employees will be subject to 14 furlough days through the end of September — wonder about a plan that will force about 84,000 military dependents to lose up to three weeks of school …

State Awarded $26.6M to Renovate Elementary School at Hawaiian Army Post

  • March 7, 2013
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The state of Hawaii will receive a $26.6 million grant from DOD to renovate and expand an elementary school at Wheeler Army Airfield/Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, the department announced Thursday. The federal funding comes from $500 million allocated to DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment by Congress in the fiscal 2011 and 2012 spending bills to construct, renovate, repair or expand public schools located on military installations …

Military Caregivers Largely Unsupported, Study Finds

  • March 7, 2013
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Researchers estimate there are between 275,000 and 1 million women and men who are providing care or have provided care for veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan, but little is known about their needs and the nation lacks a coherent strategy for supporting them, according to a new RAND Corp. report. Military caregivers — which include spouses, children and parents of military members and veterans — differ from informal caregivers of civilians in several key ways, the report states …

Interstate Schools Compact Picks up 44th State

  • March 6, 2013
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Gov. Mike Beebe signed legislation this week making Arkansas the 44th state to adopt an interstate agreement intended to smooth the transition between school districts and states when military children move. The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families, including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation …

DOD Schools will Struggle to Maintain Full School Year

  • March 5, 2013
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DOD Education Activity’s 194 schools, which serve 84,000 students, will attempt to ensure military dependents receive an accredited school year in the face of furloughs for teachers and support personnel, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Monday. “We’re mindful that we need to protect the education of military children,” Little told reporters …

Schools Serving Military Kids Will Feel Cuts Immediately, Education Secretary Says

  • February 27, 2013
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Local school districts serving substantial numbers of military children would face funding cuts immediately after sequestration is triggered Friday, confronting them with a dilemma as to how to make up a shortfall of tens of millions dollars before the school year ends in the spring, Education Secretary Arne Duncan told reporters Wednesday at a White House briefing. Cuts to school systems that rely on the Impact Aid program — including those enrolling children of service members who live on or near military installations and children who live on Indian reservations — would total $60 million in the current fiscal year …

DOD Schools Face Difficult Decisions amid Cuts

  • February 26, 2013
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Teachers at DOD schools anticipate a shortened school year or four-day work weeks if sequestration is triggered and the DOD Education Activity is forced to furlough teachers and other school employees. So far, the DOD Education Activity has not said how it would cope with the fiscal crisis the department is facing, reported Stars and Stripes. Last month, officials said civilian employees would need to take up to 22 days of unpaid furlough between April and the end of the fiscal year if lawmakers fail to avert the $40-plus billion in defense cuts scheduled to go into effect Friday. One response under consideration is cutting 10 to 12 days from the current school year and additional days from the school year beginning next fall, according to the story. About 84,000 children are enrolled in DOD schools.

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