K-12 Education

The DoD reported 38.8% of its service members have children, of which over half (54%) of those children are school-aged (6-18 years old). Although civilian families also relocate, the average military child moves three times as often as their civilian peers, which can exacerbate education concerns for military families. Multiple moves have been associated with some possible educational consequences such as a gap in learning, credit transfers, and graduation requirements, which might entail repeating classes.

On top of this, while military families are often able to provide some degree of input into where they’d like to relocate, they ultimately have little control over when or where they actually move, and many of these moves do not occur at national transition points (e.g., elementary to middle school/junior high). This can add an additional layer of uncertainty for military children and their families.

Blue Star Families supports legislation that would ease education-related challenges for military children.

Recommendations

  • Make homeschooling a more accessible option for military families by expanding the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children to cover children who enter the public school system after homeschooling
  • Provide high-quality online educational resources to military families who choose to homeschool their children
  • Fully fund Department of Education Impact Aid and increase funding provided via DoD Impact Aid to ensure that public schools serving military children have adequate resources