Many Army posts around the country have dodged a major hit — for now. While some installations absorb a recently announced reduction of 40,000 soldiers, service leaders warn that more cuts could be on the horizon.
If local communities want to hedge against future cuts to local bases and installations, they should pay very close attention to the quality of schools in and around military installations, because the Army certainly is.
Some states with a large Army presence have adopted education standards that have resulted in schools that perform well, according to a report by the Stimson Center, a Washington, D.C., think tank. “Other communities with equal economic dependency on the Army are challenged by less rigorous academic standards at the state level or inadequate performance at the school and district levels.”
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