ERIC Number: ED484723
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
DOD Schools: Limitations in DOD-Sponsored Study on Transfer Alternatives Underscore Need for Additional Assessment. Report to Congressional Committees. GAO-05-469
US Government Accountability Office
The Department of Defense (DOD) operates 59 elementary and secondary schools serving over a dozen military bases in the continental United States. Periodically, questions have been raised concerning the continuing need for such schools. In 2002, DOD commissioned the Donahue Institute of the University of Massachusetts to examine the potential for transferring these schools to local education agencies (LEAs). This assessment focuses on: (1) the extent to which DOD has established a school closure policy and the effect such policies have on quality-of-life issues for service members and their dependents; and (2) the transfer study, including the clarity of the basis for conclusions reached, the overall financial impact, and issues identified but not resolved by the study. GAO's report also identifies issues not addressed in the transfer study that could impact the future of DOD's domestic schools. GAO is making recommendations to the Secretary of Defense to ensure DOD schools are properly accounted for in real property records and if a transfer decision is made, to undertake a more complete assessment of impending changes in U.S. basing levels and their impact on educational facility requirements to foster appropriate facility planning by DOD and/or LEAs. In commenting on a draft of this report, DOD concurred with GAO's recommendations. The following are appended: (1) list of Expert Panel Members; (2) list of Department of Defense Elementary and Secondary (DDESS) schools in the continental United States; (3) summaries of prior studies on transferring DDESS schools to LEAs; (4) Transfer Study Rules and Alternatives; (5) Differing Perspectives on Selected DDESS and LEA Schools Contained in Various Transfer Study Report Documents; and (6) Comments from the Department of Defense.
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Military Personnel, Educational Policy, School Closing, School Districts, Public Schools, Quality of Life
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.