North Carolina has the third largest military population in the nation, with many of the state’s active-duty service members parenting school-aged children. Because of the geographic volatility unique to the military lifestyle, as well as the significant impact deployments and extended vocational schools have on the home life of service members and their families, it is time for Congress to change how federal education funds are distributed.
This week I had the opportunity to sit on a panel at Heritage Foundation to discuss precisely that. As a military wife and mother, my family and I have experienced the challenges that are part and parcel of life in the Armed Services.
I am encouraged by the strides Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN) and other legislators are taking to redirect federal education funds, also known as Impact Aid, to military families. The decision to distribute these funds directly to the parents of military-connected children would provide service members and their spouses greater education choice as they navigate the unpredictable waters of military life.
It is time to modernize the education policies affecting military families, offering them real choice and discretion in what is otherwise a variable lifestyle.
You can learn more about how policymakers and legislators are working toward educational freedom for military-connected children by watching the video below or reading the report by Heritage and EdChoice found here.