Military families place a high value on the quality of their children’s education, and this in turn affects many important family decisions. The perceived quality of local schools can determine which duty station a service member volunteers for, whether the family accompanies the service member or stays behind, and where a family chooses to live in their new community. School quality will impact whether a family chooses to spend their financial resources on private schools or considers homeschooling options. It can even influence a family’s decision to remain in the service.
Military families want quality education for their children just as their civilian counterparts do. It is important to remember that military families must include an extra element when they define “quality of education.” For military families, it is not enough for children to be doing well in their current schools; they must also be prepared to do well in their next location. Most military children will move at least twice during their high school years and will attend six to nine different schools between kindergarten and 12th grade. Though many of our civilian schools are already doing an excellent job of educating and supporting our military children, we believe military children deserve a quality education wherever they may live.
Our Association supports:
- Quality education for all military-connected children
- Continuation of Department of Defense grants to repair or replace school buildings where large numbers of military children are enrolled
- Passage of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children in all 50 states, territories, and the District of Columbia
- State implementation of the Compact at the local level
- Full funding of Department of Education Impact Aid at authorized levels
- Allowing school districts experiencing high growth due to base realignments to apply for Impact Aid funds using current student enrollment numbers
- Increasing the DoD supplement to Impact Aid
- Extending the authority for the DoDEA Educational Partnership Grant Program
- State adoption of Common Core Standards
- Improved data collection of military-connected students
Association Testimonies, Letters + Articles
- June 2013 Keeping with a long-time Association goal, we support an amendment that creates a military student identifier.
- May 21, 2013 Letter to Senator Warner supporting exempting DoDEA educators from furloughs.
- April 9, 2013 Idaho becomes the 45th state to adopt the Interstate Compact.
- March 27, 2013 Congress passed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, which included $270 million for construction, renovation, repair or expansion of public schools located on military installations. These funds are limited to schools where the enrollment is at least 50 percent defense-connected children and will be administered by the Office of Economic Assistance (OEA).
- February 26, 2013: Arkansas became the 44th state to adopt the Interstate Compact.
- February 5, 2013 Association receives further information from DoDEA on budgetary guidance.
Related Article: DoDEA Receives Further Guidance on Budgetary Uncertainty
- January 22, 2013 Association meets with Marilee Fitzgerald, the Director of DoDEA, to discuss what impact the budget uncertainty is having on military children.
Related Article: DoDEA Planning for Budget Cuts
- January 2, 2013 The House National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) contains key provision affecting military children’s education. It adds $25 million to Impact Aid, $5 million for communities impacted by Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), and $5 million for schools with military children with severe disabilities.