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.
- 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.
- Know Your Rights: Special Education and Military Kids
- No Child Should Ever Go Hungry—Nutrition Assistance Programs For Military Families
- Switching Schools Again? Here’s Your Best Asset
- Wide Awake: Here’s our Stance on the Post-9/11 GI Bill
- The Common Core: What Do Military Families Need to Know?
- Organizations unite to ask Congress to reject the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal to eliminate funding for Impact Aid Federal Properties
- Comments on proposed rule of the Interstate Compact
- We support a military student identifier to track the academic progress of military kids.
- We oppose changes to Impact Aid that takes away funding from military kids. Legislation under consideration would change how school districts are paid reducing millions of dollars of funding for local school districts educating military kids.
- Association representative attends the annual meeting of the Military Interstate Compact Commission
- Association testifies before the New Hampshire State Legislature in support of the Interstate Compact
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.