Daring to Do More for Kids in Military Families

Our military members are willing to sacrifice everything for the good of all of us back home. Military spouses feel the weight of that service as well–but what about children in these families?

School isn’t always a picnic, as no two kids have exactly the same needs. But the stakes are even higher for children whose families are on the move as frequently as those affected by military service. And that means we need to do more to support them.

As Christine Cooke writes in The Daily Signal:

An education savings account would allow students to access an online course in a particular subject and make consistent progress no matter where their family is transferred. It would enable parents to pay for tuition at a private school if they are assigned to an area in a low-performing district. And, it would give families the funds to cover the costs of homeschooling in order to make up for an especially fragmented education.

These options would present a critical alternative for families struggling to piece together their children’s education while moving so much.

But most American teens don’t move this much. Only 5.6 percent of teens move once, and only 2.2 percent move twice. That leaves about 92 percent of teens who stay put and receive consistent schooling. So the remedy is not top-down uniformity across states (think of the Common Core debacle).

What we need are publicly funded options for those families most likely to experience the unique challenges of moving. Those options are most powerful when we put money into the hands of parents who know their children’s academic needs the best, no matter where they live.

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