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Other Relevant Topics

These are some of the relevant policies, issues, and challenges impacting military-connected children. The MCEC seeks to ensure the educational needs of these children are recognized at the national, state, and local level. That students thrive and succeed in our education system. That military parents are informed, empowered and involved, equipped with the tools and knowledge necessary to help their children succeed. That educators understand what military-connected students wrestle with and those educators are prepared to assist as needed. And finally, that state and local communities provide the necessary support for military-connected children.

Charter Schools and Military Communities - A Toolkit
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CHARTER SCHOOLS - Guidance Needed for Military Base Schools on Startup and Operational Issues
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CHARTER SCHOOL INFORMATION for Military-Connected Families
At this time, there is no national clearinghouse that specifically addresses the school choice needs of military-connected students. MCEC supports school choice with reliable information but does not endorse specific options or specific schools.


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We appreciate members of Congress who support continued funding of Impact Aid.
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MCEC supports efforts to protect funding of Federally impacted Schools
MCEC support letter with the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools to block the proposal to eliminate impact aid funding for 250 school districts under Impact Aid Federal Properties (Section 8002).  Proposal was successfully blocked and the FY 2014 funding is at near pre-sequestration levels.

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     The Military Child Education Coalition is happy to present this copy of Military Children
and Families, a Princeton-Brookings publication of The Future of Children journal. The Future
of Children and the Military Child Education Coalition jointly developed this edition
to promote effective policies and programs for military-connected children and their families.
     We hope you will find this journal informative and useful in your professional endeavors.
Perhaps even more so, we hope you will come away with an even greater respect and appreciation
for not only those who serve our nation, but for their families and children as well.


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“This publication sounds a clarion call for action. The clear, powerful, consistent message
of intellectual unity of purpose around the military child and family summons the urgent attention
and action of all with the capacity to assist. The health and well-being of those who have carried
the burdens of service and sacrifice deserve the careful, coordinated system of care that enables
reliable, long-term, sustainable responses to their needs." 

                                                                          -Patty Shinseki, MCEC Board Member

    Keeping the Promise: Maintaining the Health of Military
    and Veteran Families and Children


MCEC Supports Department of Education Letter of Guidance on Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
    The CGI was created in 2005. It convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. A companion program, CGI America, is focused on finding solutions that promote economic recovery in the United States. An annual working meeting takes place each June and brings  together leaders from the business, foundation, NGO, and government sectors to develop solutions that increase employment, advance access to education and skills development, strengthen energy security, and promote an environment for business growth and innovation.
     The MCEC is proud to partner with CGI America in its work promoting high quality early childhood education. We are particularly supportive of these programs for our military-connected children.
     Please follow the link below to read more about initiatives that support and promote early childhood education and early childhood education teachers.
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MCEC Contributes to Council on Foreign Relations report: U.S. Education Reform and National Security
     Highlighting the connection between well-educated students and our nation’s ability to thrive in a global economy, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has released an Independent Task Force report on U.S. Education Reform and National Security (http://www.cfr.org/united-states/us-education-reform-national-security/p27618?cid=otr-partner_site-militarychild). MCEC contributed data to the report pertaining to military-connected children. 
     "Educational failure puts the United States' future economic prosperity, global position, and physical safety at risk," warns the Task Force, chaired by Joel I. Klein, former head of New York City public schools, and Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State. The country "will not be able to keep pace—much less lead—globally unless it moves to fix the problems it has allowed to fester for too long," argues the Task Force.
     The report draws specific attention to the education of service members’ children and reflects concern that “this is a recruiting and retention problem for the armed services: the parents of school-age children will be hesitant to serve if their children’s education will be at risk.” In order to be able to identify and serve over one million military-connected school-age children, the Task Force backs the use of an audit that would include an annual section assessing the condition of education for the children of service members.
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Convening Executive Report
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