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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.

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 …

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