• 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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  • Communities Take Notice of Military’s Focus on School Quality0

    With the looming possibility of base closures or another form of downsizing, defense communities are paying more attention to the quality of their public schools, according to a commentary in Stars and Stripes. Education is a top quality-of-life issue for military families and the services are assessing the performance of local schools, among other factors, as they gauge the value of their installations, writes Jim Cowen, executive director of the Alexandria, Va.-based Collaborative for Student Success …

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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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  • ‘Could Scott Air Force Base Just Fly Away?’

    ‘Could Scott Air Force Base Just Fly Away?’0

    An editorial in the Belleville News-Democrat laments the stark possibility that Scott Air Force Base, Ill., could be shuttered in a future BRAC round. That potential outcome is particularly sobering given the level of dedication the base’s southwestern Illinois neighbors have shown it. “It is nice to the airmen. It makes sure the schools are top-notch to educate the military children and fixed the state system that ensured their class credits followed them. It has a healthy housing stock and worked to resolve property tax issues when base housing was developed by a private company …

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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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