Military Acting on Troop Concerns about Education

The Associated Press reports the state of Hawaii has recently employed furloughs, closing public schools 17 Fridays this academic year. At 163 school days, Hawaii already has the least instructional days in the country.
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Rising concerns among stationed personnel have motivated the U.S. military to order a study by Johns Hopkins University to examine military attitudes about the public education system in the state of Hawaii.
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Col. Mike Davino, the director of manpower, personnel and administration for the U.S. Pacific Command, said the truncated school year is yet another concern for officials who have long heard about servicemen and women avoiding Hawaii assignments because of the state’s public education system.

”We’ve gotten a lot of anecdotal information. For example, one of my neighbors just this week said she wasn’t going to extend in Hawaii because of the education,” Davino said.

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Similar concerns have been raised by military organizations in Arizona.  As recently as May of 2009, the presidents of the DM-50, Ft. Huachuca-50 & Fighter County Partnership wrote an open letter to Governor Brewer asking her to resist further cuts to education in the state.  They explained that per pupil spending on public education, as well as the military personnel’s perception of public education, factor into the Department of Defense’s BRAC [Base Realignment and Closure] recommendations/decision to close military bases.
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To read more about the military perception of education in Hawaii and Arizona, visit the links below:

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Furloughs Hurt Military’s View of Hawaii Schools ~ New York Times, January 31, 2010

Presidents of DM-50, Ft. Huachuca-50 & Fighter County Partnership Letter to Gov. Brewer about Education Cuts ~ May 1, 2009
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488 jobs to leave Huachuca in 2011 ~ Arizona Daily Star, January 21, 2010

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