Perspectives: DOD Pressing Communities and School Districts Near Installations to Provide Quality Education
Communities across the nation hosting military installations should take heed that their long-term economic well-being due to the local infusion of DOD funds could be at risk if your public schools are faltering, a new Dallas Morning News column warns.
Military members with school-age children are increasingly concerned with school quality around military installations, and poor quality is a major factor in their decision to continue serving. Military leaders are listening and taking action, and that could have serious implications for the economic health of local communities, according to the column.
Each year billions in DOD funds reach state economies through the operation of military installations and defense weapons contracts, and the Office of Economic Adjustment’s (OEA) most recent study on state-by-state DOD spending revealed that in just one year $407 billion reached all 50 states and the District of Columbia.