DoD Announces Results of Educational Facilities Review
The Department of Defense (DoD) announced the findings of the facilities assessment, which is part of an overall education review of public schools on military installations operated by local education agencies.
DoD assessed the condition and capacity of 157 of the 160 public schools on military installations. Three of the 160 public schools were not included in the assessment because they were built within the last year. Each school was graded red, yellow or green in two criteria -condition and capacity. The schools were then grouped based on similar condition and capacity, and were given a score - three points for red, two points for yellow, and one point for green.
Based on the Defense Department's priority list, public schools on military installations with the greatest need will be invited by the Office of Economic Adjustment to apply for grants to be used towards construction, renovation, repair, or expansion of current facilities. The grants will be paid by the provision in the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (Section 8109 of Public Law 112-10) which appropriates $250 million recapitalization of public schools on military installations.
The National Military Family Association has been actively seeking input from families and educators on this issue. We are supportive of this grant program and believe that the $250 million allocated by Congress is a good start. However, renovating these schools should be a shared responsibility by the local education agencies (LEAs) and not the sole responsibility of the Department of Defense. It is also important to note that the condition of these schools does not speak to the quality of education that is going on inside. Many are doing an excellent job of educating our military children.
For more information on the school facility assessment, visit Military Homefront at http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/l/onbaseschools.
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