The Department of Defense Education Activity has issued on order stating that teachers of DoDEA schools will be furloughed for 5 days and administrators up to 11 days. The law in most states requires 1080 hours of educational instruction which equates to 180 days 6 hours per day. DoDEA requires 175 days at 6 hours per day. That means that children in DoD schools receive 30 hours less education than students who attend state run schools. DoDEA’s furlough days are scheduled to occur in August and September 2013 in order to fall into the 2013 fiscal year. However, furlough days have been approved for the 2014 fiscal year. Currently the 5 furlough days mean that students will attend school 178 days. That leaves only 3 days for inclement weather or other emergencies. Two-Thirds of DoDEA schools are overseas. Those families do not have another education choice for their children. It is unethical to deprive children of the mandated hours of education when parents have no other option. Children in military families carry heavier burdens due to moving. It is not right to punish them more by reducing their education. DoDEA needs to stop furlough days for overseas schools or lengthen the school day to allow for the same amount of educational hours.
We the undersigned petition to either stop furlough days of overseas schools or lengthen the school day to meet mandated hours. This ensures DoD children receive fair unrushed education.