The Defense Department has proposed turning over operation of the 47 schools it operates in seven states in the continental United States to local school districts as part of a Trump administration initiative to cut spending and shrink the federal workforce. The plan, which would not impact DOD-run schools overseas, was one of several reforms the department sent the Office of Management and Budget in September, reports Military Times. If the plan is approved by the White House, DOD would first test it at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., which has an elementary school and a middle/high school.
The department’s fiscal 2017 budget included about $600 million to operate DOD Education Activity (DODEA) schools on 15 installations in the U.S., including five schools in Cuba and Puerto Rico which presumably would not be affected by the proposal. “This could cause an uproar in the affected communities, and understandably so,” said Eileen Huck, deputy government relations director for the National Military Family Association. “Military families take their kids’ education very seriously. The DODEA schools are an important part of the communities where they are operating.”