The U.S. Army is deeply concerned about K-12 education standards. If U.S. soldiers are left with no other option than to place their children in substandard schools or in schools in which the education standards vary greatly from one to the next, Army leaders worry that troops might well vote with their feet and leave the service.
The issue of education standards is an important one for any parent. But for parents who are members of the U.S. armed forces and who move many times during a military career, it is particularly pointed. With more than 240,000 active-duty U.S. soldiers who are also parents, some 300,000 school-age children (ages 15-18) of soldiers are affected by varying education standards and performance.
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