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Posts Tagged ‘schools’

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 …

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 …

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 …

School Board Considers Creating Charter School for Georgia Marine Corps Base

  • February 13, 2013
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A local school board is considering establishing a K-8 charter school for the children of military personnel and civilian workers at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany to better improve local support for the installation in southwestern Georgia. “School systems are very important to military families, and I think a charter school with the Marine Base would be of benefit to the community, especially during the next round of BRAC hearings,” a member of the Dougherty County School Board said Monday. The school would be intended to stem the loss of children from the base to the school systems of surrounding counties, reported the Albany Herald. The school board endorsed the proposal to form an ad hoc committee to begin exploratory discussions with the base.

Aberdeen Proving Ground Strengthens Partnership with Local Schools

  • December 19, 2012
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In an effort to boost the number of students seeking high-tech careers, eight major tenant organizations at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., last week agreed to expand educational outreach efforts in science, technology, engineering and math with Harford County Public Schools. The partnership is intended to increase participation and improve students’ performance in STEM. “We are committed to tomorrow,” said Maj. Gen. Robert Ferrell, commanding general of Army Communications-Electronics Command and senior installation commander. “We are providing an opportunity to ensure that we have the right resources with the right intellect and energy …

School Districts Capture $110M in Grants to Build New Facilities at Three Installations

  • December 12, 2012
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Children of service members at Fort Riley, Fort Polk and Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake will attend class at new schools in a matter of years, following Tuesday’s announcement by the Defense Department that it is awarding $110.5 million to three public school districts to replace or renovate on-base facilities that are either in poor condition or overcrowded. Geary County Unified School District Number 475, Junction City, Kan., will receive $35.2 million to demolish and replace Fort Riley Middle School with a new 720-student school on the post to serve grades six through eight …

Educating the Educators is Latest Joining Forces Initiative

  • October 3, 2012
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More than 100 colleges and universities have signed on to a Joining Forces initiative to better prepare educators instructing military-connected children, Jill Biden and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno announced Tuesday. “As a military mom and as second lady, I have heard over and over from military families just how important it is that school be a supportive environment for children …

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