The military needs a few good … charter schools

As Andy Rotherham reported this week, the House Appropriations Committee noted that Department of Defense installations throughout the United States are “struggling with the issue of dependent education for K-12 students” and is calling for a process that lets military families more easily establish charter schools. “Frequent moves by military families highlight the differences and inequities among various state public school systems,” the committee noted in its military construction and veterans affairs spending bill. “An increasing number of families are opting for private or home schooling to compensate for lack of public education quality and to maintain continuity in their child’s progress.”

The committee directed the U.S. comptroller general to determine how to make this happen and report back to both houses of Congress by the end of the year.

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BY Adam Emerson

Editor of redefinED, policy and communications guru for Florida education nonprofit