Military Children’s Education

While military life can be rewarding, it includes unique challenges that can affect the quality of children’s education. The average military child will move six to nine times between kindergarten and twelfth grade, and may attend two or more high schools. Our Association supports efforts by schools and communities to ease military children’s transition challenges. However, we also feel that the federal government and the Department of Defense have a responsibility to support local school districts who have taken on the responsibility of educating the nation’s military children.

We Support:

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  • Raising awareness of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, in order to resolve issues that children face as they transition to new school districts and states.
  • Fully funding Department of Education Impact Aid, to help districts offset the costs of educating large numbers of military connected children.
  • Continuing the Department of Defense Impact Aid program to support school districts with a large concentration of military children.
  • Extending the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) grant program, which funds programs directly supporting military children in public schools.
  • Establishing a Military Student Identifier, which would allow for improved tracking of military children’s graduation rates and academic achievements.

Legislation + Testimony

In our testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, we asked Congress to:

  • Fully fund Impact Aid
  • Continue the Department of Defense Supplement to Impact Aid
  • Extend the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) grant program that supports public schools educating military children.

Information + Resources

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) offers a scholarship program for college-bound military kids. Each commissary will award at least one $2,000 scholarship. Applications are accepted starting on December 15.

Military kids have access to free online tutoring through Tutor.com.

TAPS has launched a portal for surviving family members seeking information about education assistance.

Military families with special needs children can learn about resources available to them in each state with the recently revised DoD Education Directory for Children with Special Needs.

For more information about the Interstate Compact, visit the Compact Commission website. The site includes contact information for Commissioners in each state as well as downloadable reference guides families can share with teachers and school administrators.

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