AUSA Recommends Steps to Help Educate Service Members' Children

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Association of the United States Army

    ARLINGTON, Va., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- In its in-depth examination of
 the challenges of educating the children of servicemen and servicewomen, the
 Association of the United States Army stated "appropriate levels of funding
 for schools serving military children are non-negotiable" and that will "level
 the playing field" with their civilian peers.
     The report, entitled "Educating Our Military's Children: Are We Closing
 the gaps?", set an AUSA goal that "no military child should lose academic
 and/or extracurricular opportunities as a result of the mobility of his or her
 parent."
     Other recommendations include:
     "Congress must authorize and fully fund the Federal Impact Aid Program in
 the U.S. Department of Education budget in a timely, consistent, forward-
 funded manner."
     The Department of Defense, military services, states, territories and
 local school officials "must find ways to institutionalize strong partnerships
 among military communities, local and state education systems to accommodate
 the lifestyle of military children without impact on the children of the local
 school district."
     The Department of defense, states, territories and local schools officials
 "must find ways to reduce obstacles to high school graduation by providing
 clear course and calendar information to parents and students and by
 establishing reciprocal agreements among school districts/states regarding
 graduation requirements and exit-level testing."
     This is the third in a series of Torchbearer reports on well-being.  Other
 organizations assisting in producing the report are the National Military
 Family Association, Military Child Education Coalition, Military Impacted
 Schools Association, National Association of Federally Impacted Schools and
 the Department of Defense.
     The report was published by AUSA's Institute of Land Warfare and will soon
 be available on the association's web site -- http://www.ausa.org .
 
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    ARLINGTON, Va., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- In its in-depth examination of
 the challenges of educating the children of servicemen and servicewomen, the
 Association of the United States Army stated "appropriate levels of funding
 for schools serving military children are non-negotiable" and that will "level
 the playing field" with their civilian peers.
     The report, entitled "Educating Our Military's Children: Are We Closing
 the gaps?", set an AUSA goal that "no military child should lose academic
 and/or extracurricular opportunities as a result of the mobility of his or her
 parent."
     Other recommendations include:
     "Congress must authorize and fully fund the Federal Impact Aid Program in
 the U.S. Department of Education budget in a timely, consistent, forward-
 funded manner."
     The Department of Defense, military services, states, territories and
 local school officials "must find ways to institutionalize strong partnerships
 among military communities, local and state education systems to accommodate
 the lifestyle of military children without impact on the children of the local
 school district."
     The Department of defense, states, territories and local schools officials
 "must find ways to reduce obstacles to high school graduation by providing
 clear course and calendar information to parents and students and by
 establishing reciprocal agreements among school districts/states regarding
 graduation requirements and exit-level testing."
     This is the third in a series of Torchbearer reports on well-being.  Other
 organizations assisting in producing the report are the National Military
 Family Association, Military Child Education Coalition, Military Impacted
 Schools Association, National Association of Federally Impacted Schools and
 the Department of Defense.
     The report was published by AUSA's Institute of Land Warfare and will soon
 be available on the association's web site -- http://www.ausa.org .
 
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