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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.”

Proving Ground’s STEM Center Extends Outreach to Northeastern Maryland

  • August 5, 2013
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Last week’s opening of the STEM and Education Outreach Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, the latest initiative by the installation to further science and technology education throughout the Chesapeake Corridor, will usher in a new era of partnerships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for northeastern Maryland and beyond, according to Army officials. The STEM Center’s opening was “a great day for the state of Maryland and a great day for Aberdeen Proving Ground,” said Maj. Gen. Robert Ferrell, senior commander at the proving ground and commanding general at the Army’s Communications-Electronics Command …

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 …

Installation Changes Could Affect Need for School Upgrades, Milcon Panel Says

  • May 22, 2013
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House appropriators fully support the administration’s fiscal 2014 request to spend $798 million for upgrades at 17 DOD Education Activity schools located overseas and within the U.S., but at the same time they want to make sure the department doesn’t invest in facilities at installations slated to be downsized. “[The committee] is concerned that the changes that are occurring across the Department of Defense associated with force structure reductions may impact whether funding is needed at an installation or if it is determined not to be an enduring installation …

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 …

Huntsville-Area Schools Get Their BRAC Fix

  • May 5, 2013
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North Alabama schools will be the beneficiary of $175 million in state bond funds dedicated to school districts affected by BRAC mission growth, after Madison County lawmakers voted last week to allocate $5 million to the county school system to use as matching funds. The Alabama Legislature passed a measure last year to provide bond funds for construction and renovation of aging schools whose enrollments would be expanding due to BRAC growth, but no money had been allocated, reported the Huntsville Times. About 4,700 jobs moved to Redstone Arsenal following the last round of BRAC …

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 …

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 …

Support Group Launches BRAC Evaluation to Gauge Robins’ Standing among Depots

  • March 25, 2013
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The 21st Century Partnership, the community partner for Robins Air Force Base, Ga., has commissioned a series of 15 studies for $175,000 to assess how the installation compares to 12 other service depots as part of its effort to prepare for a future BRAC round. The Middle Georgia Regional Commission is conducting the studies, which will evaluate Robins’ strengths and weaknesses on 15 different military and community factors, including education, encroachment and economic impact …

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