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Grant Helps Military Child Education

February 9, 2012

The Military Child Education Coalition received $150,000 from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve the education for military-connected children, preparing them for college and making them ready for careers. Both the Gates Foundation and Military Child Education Coalition want to help children beyond high school, working towards a better college experience and future.

The Military Child Education Coalition is a global non-profit leadership and advocacy organization focused on providing educational opportunities for America's military children. Families who are affected by mobility, family separation and transition are at risk for the most issues. Military Child Education Coalition received the grant to help advocate for better standards.

Children in National Guard and National Reserve families experience a lot of issues and unique challenges that do no face civilian families. For one, parents are constantly on call and may be called to serve at any time. They may move a lot and have anxiety issues that prevent them from getting the most out of their education.

The Military Child Education Coalition will create clear and consistent educational standards across 50 states for the nation's nearly 2 million military children. These include the Common Core Standards, including the creation and implementation of standards in core subject areas, such as science, math, reading and language arts, and social studies that will benefit students.

As many military parents know, families move often and deal with unexpected issues. For that reason, military children have some common troubles in schools. In fact, children move three times more frequently than other classmates and experience separations that last a long time from their parents. Active duty children also have a lot of anxiety that affects their learning progress. The point of the coalition is to make educators more aware of these issues and offer ways to address these problems.

"Common Core Standards (CCS) are essential for military-connected students because they increase the predictability and continuity of our highly mobile students' academic experiences," stated Dr. Mary Keller, the President and CEO of Military Child Education Coalition. Research conducted by her group suggests that mathematics is the subject that gives military children the most trouble. With more tutoring and programs that help students, mathematic s can become an easier to understand subject.

 

The new support grant will offer more ways to connect to policymakers and educators. Approximately 80 percent of students attend public schools and the remaining go to a Department of Defense Dependent School in Europe, whether private or parochial. Some students are even home-schooled. These students need a common ground and legislation to regulate their education and gain further support from the coalition to create standardized codes for their education.

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