Those who make the military a career frequently move from one base to another during their service. They accept that as part of the deal. But their children often pay a heavy price because the quality of the local schools near their base varies so widely in quality (“Military Kids Change School Up to 9 Times. So Let’s Make It Easier,” The New York Times, Jan. 9).
Dissatisfaction with the education their children receive is a significant factor in their leaving the service. Which is why a new bill called the Education Savings Accounts for Military Families Act of 2019 needs to become law. It would give them up to $6,000 to help with private school tuition, home-schooling, tutoring. college-prep classes and on-line courses in place of public school.
The sacrifices made by the men and women in the military are enormous. The least we can do as a grateful nation is to give them greater flexibility in the kind of education their children receive.
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