ERIC Number: ED504642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar-16
Reference Count: N/A
State Education Activities to Support Mission Growth. NGA Center for Best Practices. Issue Brief
Butler, Tara A.
National Governors Association
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) leads a Mission Growth Working Group, which consists of states that are significantly impacted by the growth of military bases. The group includes state representatives appointed by the governors of Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia. The Working Group's goal is to enhance the relationship between states, military communities, and military bases, with a particular focus on addressing growth issues outside the military fence line. The Working Group has identified education as one of the top challenges mission growth states face. Recognizing that there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution to meet the education needs of a growing state, the Working Group offers recommendations to respond to both the needs of incoming military dependent children, as well as long term workforce needs of a base: (1) Establish collaborative approaches that coordinate educational responses and represent diverse stakeholders; (2) Adjust educational programs to allow for flexibility; (3) Focus on teacher recruitment, retraining, and retention strategies; (4) Establish educational programs that support military dependent students and prepare future workforce; and (5) Identify and Secure Funding. Member listing of Mission Growth Working Group is appended. (Contains 38 endnotes and 1 table.) [Additional writing and research support was provided by Sue Gander and Ryan Reyna.]
Descriptors: Armed Forces, Facilities, Educational Demand, Population Growth, State Government, State Officials, Educational Needs, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Military Personnel, Dependents, Labor Force Development, Partnerships in Education, Teacher Recruitment, Adjustment (to Environment)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Department of Defense, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Colorado; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Missouri; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Texas; Virginia