Understanding Education And Military Families
North American Precis Syndicate
The schooling options many military parents are able to access now don't match what they want for their children—and that can affect America's preparedness. (NAPS)
military service members make great sacrifices for our country—and for
their own families—but are their kids getting what they need from our K−12
A new national survey of service members, spouses and veterans looks at
educational options for military families, their satisfaction and how their
choices can play a role in whether a family accepts an assignment or even
factor into decisions to leave military service altogether. There are roughly
750,000 school-aged children in active-duty-member households today.
Data show military families are very interested in alternatives to
district schools. According to a new EdChoice and Braun Research survey, we know
80 percent of them attend public schools today, despite the fact that more
than 60 percent would prefer different schooling environments for their
children, such as private school, charter school, virtual school or home
In fact, once military and veteran families are informed of how school
choice options work, their support for those programs increases dramatically.
Types of School Choice
Education savings accounts (ESAs). Education
savings accounts allow families to receive a deposit of public funds into
government-authorized savings accounts—often distributed to families
via a restricted-use debit card. Families can purchase any combination of
private school tuition and fees, online learning programs, private tutoring,
community college costs, higher education expenses and/or other approved
customized learning services and materials.
Military respondents were almost five times more likely to support ESAs
than they were to oppose them.
Tax-credit scholarships allow
families to choose private schools that best fit their needs. Nonprofit
scholarship-granting organizations provide those scholarships and are funded
by private charitable donations, for which donors are reimbursed through tax
Sixty-three percent of military respondents support the concept of a
tax-credit scholarship program.
School vouchers. School
vouchers give parents the freedom to choose a private school for their
children, using all or part of the public funding set aside for their
Nearly two out of three military households support school vouchers.
For further facts and figures on education choice opportunities, go to www.edchoice.org.
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