DoDEA Planning for Budget Cuts
Like other government agencies, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is making plans to cope with the current uncertainty surrounding the budget. DoDEA, which administers Department of Defense (DoD) schools in the U.S. and overseas, is facing the prospect of immediate budget cuts if the President and Congress are unable to come to an agreement to avoid sequestration by March 1. Adding to the fiscal stress, the system is still operating under a Continuing Resolution at Fiscal Year 2012 budget levels because an Appropriations bill was not passed.
The National Military Family Association met with Marilee Fitzgerald, the Director of DoDEA, to find out what impact the budget uncertainty is having on the military children who attend DoD schools. She said that DoDEA is committed to ensuring that budget uncertainty will not be felt in the classroom. She emphasized: schools will remain open; all athletic and co-curricular activities will continue; students and teachers will still be able to go on planned field trips; buses will continue to run; and all functions supporting the health and safety of students will be kept in place.
DoDEA announced that in order to reduce costs the system is severely restricting travel, professional development training, and conferences. In addition, both the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DODDS) Transfer Program and the Administrator Rotation Program, which move administrators and educators into open positions across the system, have been suspended.
Our Association recognizes that the current budget climate has placed a strain on the agencies serving military families. We thank DoDEA for recognizing the crucial role schools play in military communities already under stress and for taking steps to preserve the quality of education for military children. We ask our Congressional leaders to work together to avert sequestration and pass the Appropriations bill so programs serving military family members can be protected.
Until military families are relieved of the weight of war, we hope you will continue to contribute to their wellbeing.
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