ALEXANDRIA, VA — August 29, 2013 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Educational Partnership has awarded nearly $12.5 million in consortium grants. Three school districts received the grants: Clarksville Montgomery School District in Tennessee received $4.5 million; Chula Vista School District in California received nearly $5 million; and Lyme Central School District in New York received nearly $3 million.
There are over a million school age children from military families, with the majority attending public schools throughout our nation. DoDEA is committed to supporting educational outcomes for ALL children of military families. As the largest geographically dispersed school system in the nation, serving approximately 86,000 students worldwide, DoDEA shares its experience and resources with military-connected public school districts.
"A significant element of support for military children is an educational setting that provides not only a quality education but that recognizes and responds to each child’s needs, and provides a supportive and stable environment,” said Kathleen Facon, Chief of the DoDEA's Educational Partnership Program. “The Department of Defense is committed to ensuring that all children of military families have access to quality educational opportunities.
The FY 2013 consortium grants aim to strengthen family, school, and community engagement and enhance learning opportunities for military dependent students. The consortium must consist of at least two or more military-connected Local Education Agencies (LEAs). Each LEA in the consortium must have a military student enrollment of at least 8 percent at the district level. In addition to the two or more LEAs, the consortium must include at least one partner organization. Partner organizations can be colleges/universities; nonprofit/community organizations; state, local, and county government agencies; or other entities that provide relevant services to LEAs and their communities.
“Promoting partnerships between LEAs and non-Federal organizations will maximize our efforts to enhance learning opportunities and build high-quality support programs for military-connected students. We are looking forward to working with Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools to leverage success and learn from their experience,” said Facon.
DoDEA consists of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools located overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools located in the U.S. and its territories and possessions. DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.