• Pentagon Proposes Turning over DOD-Run Schools to Local Authorities

    Pentagon Proposes Turning over DOD-Run Schools to Local Authorities0

    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. If the plan is approved by the White House, DOD would first test it at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. …

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  • Higher Academic Standards Would Benefit Virginia’s Military Families, Op-Ed States

    Higher Academic Standards Would Benefit Virginia’s Military Families, Op-Ed States0

    Virginia’s public schools have a reputation for high standards, an attribute that historically has made serving at a Virginia military installation a favorable assignment for military families. Recently, however, an independent education organization found a significant gap between students’ proficiency scores on the state’s Standards of Learning assessments with their scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests. The discrepancy of about 35 percentage points indicates the Virginia Department of Education has lowered its learning standards to improve students’ proficiency scores, writes Sandy Law, a military wife and mother of three sons, in a commentary in the Richmond Times-Dispatch …

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  • Transition Issues Continue to Plague Military Kids Transferring Schools

    Transition Issues Continue to Plague Military Kids Transferring Schools0

    Military children transferring to new school districts when their families move continue to encounter problems associated with their transition even after all 50 states and the District of Columbia last year adopted an interstate agreement designed to eliminate such issues. Problems include eligibility for sports teams, acceptance of credits from previous schools, and placement in programs such as gifted and talented, Military Times reported following a discussion at the National Training Seminar of the Military Child Education Coalition. The majority of attendees at the session were school liaison officers, who serve as liaisons between parents, local schools and the military commands …

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  • Monterey School District Celebrates Support for Military Children

    Monterey School District Celebrates Support for Military Children0

    The Monterey Peninsula (Calif.) Unified School District has released a video showcasing its support for the children of military families stationed at Monterey-area installations. Overall, 11 percent of the district’s students are connected to the military. “We’re proud of our relationship with our military institutions and our commitment to ensuring that each military child is well served within the district,” Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh says at the outset of the video …

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  • Schools Serving Military Families Strive to Make Children Feel Welcome

    Schools Serving Military Families Strive to Make Children Feel Welcome0

    As schools across the country prepare to track the academic progress of military kids under education legislation passed in December, a number of districts already have programs in place to support the children of service members. Silver Strand Elementary School in the Coronado Unified School District, outside of San Diego, has a full-time military family life counselor and eight part-time specialists who work closely with small groups of students on reading, writing and math, reported EdSource. The tutors are funded by federal grants; the counselor is paid for by the Navy …

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  • House Passes Amendment Restoring Impact Aid Funds to Illinois School District0

    The House on Tuesday approved an amendment to the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill that would provide additional impact aid funds to a school district serving military families based at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., that is slated to loss eligibility for about half of its current funding under the federal program intended to help school districts with large concentrations of military students. The Mascoutah School District, which receives about $8 million annually through the program, was recently informed by the Department of Education that it was losing eligibility for heavily impacted aid, which meant a projected loss of about $4 million annually …

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