Communities in California with a large military presence should take note: the armed forces are sizing up the value of installations in preparation for potentially dramatic action at the local level. And this time around, the military will be placing a greater emphasis on non-traditional qualities such as the performance of local schools, in addition to the standard military utility.
The nonpartisan Stimson Center puts a finer point on it. It states in a study that “if host communities do not offer soldiers’ children a consistently high-quality education, they risk the economic challenges that result from losing support of a major employer.”
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