• New Education Law to Help School Officials Track Military Students

    New Education Law to Help School Officials Track Military Students0

    For the first time, public school officials will be required to track the progress of military kids as a group, helping defense leaders, educators and policymakers better understand how the children of service members are performing and tailor support for them. The provision requiring officials to include a military student identifier in school records was part of the new K-12 education law that President Obama signed Thursday ending heavy federal involvement in public schools and shifting much of that authority back to states and local school districts. Without the military student identifier, “educators and policy leaders have no way of knowing whether these students are faring well, keeping pace or falling behind,” said Mary Keller, president and CEO of the Military Child Education Coalition …

  • Academic Standards Can Help Support the Military, Report Says0

    Academic standards adopted by Florida for its public schools, along with associated assessment tests, could help the state retains its military installations in a future BRAC round, according to the latest report from a nonprofit promoting smart investments in America’s children. The study from Mission: Readiness, a nonpartisan organization of over 500 retired senior military leaders, points to the Army’s recent effort to evaluate the achievement at public schools in communities neighboring its installations. “Rigorous standards and assessments can help schools serve military families and improve at a faster pace. This is especially important in light of recent studies showing that public schools near some military installations are lower on some measures of performance, including high school graduation rates, than other schools in the state …

  • California Schools Left behind in Effort to Upgrade Facilities at Military Bases0

    California has more schools than any other state on the Pentagon’s list of on-base public schools most in need of repair, but in most cases the local school districts lack the matching funds to take advantage of congressional funding intended to address the problem. Congress has allocated almost a billion dollars in recent years to upgrade facilities or expand capacity at public schools on military installations, reported the Los Angeles Times. The grants, however, require school systems or their states to fund 20 percent of the projects’ cost. The Muroc Joint Unified School District would like to make a variety of repairs to its elementary school on Edwards AFB costing $27.8 million but so far hasn’t been able to raise the matching funds …