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Sign this petition and tell the Department of Defense that DoDEA schools need to stay open!

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools [1] exist in the United States for children of active service members. Thousands of military families depend on these schools to provide not only education, but also stability to lives that are often subject to frequent moves, deployments and other factors of military life.

However, the government is considering closing the schools as a budget cutting factor [2].

There are currently DoDEA schools on 15 military bases or installations in the United States, along with others overseas [3]. Thousands of children attend these stateside schools. For the students — and the military families as a whole — the DoDEA school system provides a measure of stability that should not be taken away from them.

According to the Hechinger Report in 2015, "Nearly 1.2 million U.S. children have at least one parent in the armed forces and they move around often, switching schools an average of six times between kindergarten and high school. [4]" Since DoDEA schools all operate under the same curriculum with the same standards and opportunities, military families do not need to worry about their children's education being disrupted by moving frequently.

A comprehensive study [5] found that these schools also provide above-average & above-standard education [6] and are specifically designed for the needs of service members' children. If closed, the students would be placed in public school systems where they would be subject to individual districts' standards, rules, curriculum and special needs programs.

Closing down the stateside DoDEA schools would save less than one percent of the overall military budget [7]. That is not worth the havoc it would cause in the lives of so many American military families.

Simply put, DoDEA schools provide better education, opportunities and stability to thousands of military families serving within the United States. Closing down the stateside DoDEA schools would not save money and would only hurt military families.

Sign the petition and let the Department of Defense know that we care too much about military families to take away such a basic, fundamental element such as education. The DoDEA schools must be kept open!

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Department of Defense:

Since the early 1800s the military has provided schools and education to the children of service members in the United States and at military installations overseas since World War II. These schools, Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools, now operate in multiple states here in the United States and provide preschool through 12th grade education to tens of thousands of children of active duty service members.

Unfortunately, there is now a growing momentum behind the idea of closing down the stateside DoDEA schools as a cost saving measure. That would remove the students from the military schools and place them in local public school systems. This measure could save the Department of Defense millions of dollars, but that would constitute less than a single percent of the total DoD budget. Add to that the cost of those students be educated and cared for in the public school system, and it ceases to be a fiscally beneficial venture.

But while budget concerns are the reason for those who would seek to close down the DoDEA schools, there are many reasons aside from just monetary factors that would make closing DoDEA schools a poor choice for the United States and a harmful one for military families and their children.

A Rand Study in 2016 analyzing the DoDEA system as a whole found that DoDEA schools perform above the national average. Conversely, the study also found that the DoDEA schools "exist mostly in states with below-average performance on national tests, and the specific LEAs (local educational agencies) tend to rank below average within these states."

That means that children of active military personnel would be taken from schools with above-average performance and instead be given a below-average education.

There is also the stability and uniformity which DoDEA schools provide to military families. Spouses and children of service members deal with more than enough issues on their own — including frequent, repeated moves, time spent apart due to deployment and training, uncertainty about the future and more — without the government giving them one more thing to worry about.

"Nearly 1.2 million U.S. children have at least one parent in the armed forces and they move around often, switching schools an average of six times between kindergarten and high school," according to the Hechinger Report in 2015. Since DoDEA schools all operate under the same curriculum with the same standards and opportunities, military families do not need to worry about their children's education being disrupted by moving frequently.

Taking that into account, as well as the fact that each school district has its own rules, policies, guidelines, curriculum, activities and special needs opportunities, the closing of DoDEA schools would mean these students would be forced into new school systems with new standards and opportunities every time they move.

The simple fact is that DoDEA school provide better education, opportunities and stability to thousands of military families serving within the United States. Closing down the stateside DoDEA schools would not save money and would only be to the detriment of service members' children. We owe our brave men and women of the armed forces all the best that we can give them. We owe them our very freedom. The least we can do is maintain the education system that has been around since our nation's infancy.

I implore to keep all DoDEA schools open, both stateside and overseas, and ensure that the funding for these great schools is not cut. We have a duty to provide for the men and women who serve our country and to their families. We must always live up to that duty. Keep stateside DoDEA schools open.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jan 18, 2018 kellyann morander
Jan 16, 2018 Carola Roy
Jan 16, 2018 Heather Pelletier I've personally seen how beneficial these schools are. These kids go to school year round with the summer months broken up throughout the year. It works, public schools should look to them for guidance on how to operate!!
Jan 16, 2018 Luna Grillo
Jan 15, 2018 Deborah Foster
Jan 14, 2018 Jackie Stone
Jan 12, 2018 Carla Marques
Jan 11, 2018 Michele Langston
Jan 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2018 Luisa Anaya
Jan 10, 2018 Marge Ferrance
Jan 10, 2018 Christiane Santos
Jan 10, 2018 Cynthia Lee
Jan 10, 2018 willem de reuck
Jan 9, 2018 Josh GUy
Jan 9, 2018 Debbi Wood We owe military children good educations, NO matter where their parents are stationed.
Jan 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 8, 2018 Bonnie Camp
Jan 8, 2018 Norma Garcia
Jan 8, 2018 Tony Lilich
Jan 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 7, 2018 Ertie Evangelista
Jan 7, 2018 Jim Sheridan
Jan 7, 2018 Wanda Moore With my husband and I being in the military, our two children went to DODEA schools. Since we lived on base, it was convenient to have their schools there. Having had their foundations established, by these schools, gave them the high level tools.
Jan 7, 2018 Dixie Pleska
Jan 7, 2018 christine DEFRANOUX
Jan 7, 2018 Margaret Randall
Jan 7, 2018 Marie-Anne Phillips
Jan 6, 2018 Judith Mayhew
Jan 6, 2018 Sally Simpson
Jan 6, 2018 Julie Hale
Jan 6, 2018 Olimpia Baraini
Jan 6, 2018 Julia Broad
Jan 5, 2018 Mckenzie Brown
Jan 5, 2018 (Name not displayed) as a wife of a service member, I find it awful that DoDEA would even think this idea. These children need this security and stability . Please do not close these schools.
Jan 5, 2018 Patty Agee
Jan 5, 2018 (Name not displayed) These schools are the only stability these kids know, who;e their parents are serving our country. They are essential.
Jan 5, 2018 Diane Letourneau
Jan 4, 2018 Martha Soto
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed) My children went to DOD schools while living in Berlin Germany. They have received a good education with added benefit of going with other children with same backgrounds.
Jan 4, 2018 Chelsea Rivera
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2018 patty langford
Jan 4, 2018 J.J. Green
Jan 4, 2018 Sharon Jones
Jan 4, 2018 Leslye Schoenhuth These Children NEED Schools Near their Families which are Usually Away from Cities. The Military is Underpaid & Need EDUCATION for their Children.
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2018 Charles Pan
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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