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Opinion: We Need Consistent Academic Standards for Children in Military Families

Opinion: We Need Consistent Academic Standards for Children in Military Families

When the debate over rigorous, national standards comes up, too frequently do the children of military families get left out of the conversation.

A national standard is important for all children, but especially for the children of military families who move schools every few years, says Gov. Jan Brewer in a Fox News opinion piece.

"Military families, like others, want their children to have the best education possible. But consider this fact: Military families move an average of six to nine times throughout a child’s K-12 life. That’s a new school every year and a half to two years,” she says.

Previously, because different states use different standards, it was impossible to compare the quality of public schools near different bases, meaning it was also difficult to ensure that a base transfer did not mean having to send children to poor-performing schools.

That’s why Brewer advocates for the continued use of Common Core Standards. Children of military families do not deserve to fall behind every move they make, she says.

"That’s where high, consistent standards, such as the Common Core State Standards, come in. Developed by governors and state education departments, the Common Core is currently used in 43 states and the District of Columbia. The Department of Defense Education Activity, the branch of the Pentagon that runs military schools, also uses it.”

"Military families sacrifice a lot for us. In return, we need to do everything possible to ensure their kids have an opportunity to succeed. The continued use of high, consistent national standards ensures their kids, and ours, get the best education possible.”

Read the full piece here.

Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

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