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Letter to Congress Opposing Department of Defense School Furloughs

May 15, 2013

Dear Senator/Representative: 

On behalf of the 3 million members of the National Education Association (NEA), we convey our strong views of opposition and disappointment over the disruption of education caused by sequestration, specifically the furloughs at Department of Defense (DOD) schools. 

For military dependents to lose even a single minute of education because of furloughs would be a disservice to military families. The military personnel whose children attend Department of Defense schools entrust the government with their children’s education. DOD schools should be exempted from any furloughs so that children are not made to suffer for policy makers’ poor fiscal decisions. 

Educators in Department of Defense run schools face up to 5 furlough days while education support professionals face 11 days. This will result in military dependents losing school days and vital services while many of their parents are fighting overseas. Due to the timing of this decision these furloughs will be sandwiched into the first month of school next year, impacting students’ access to high quality education. Furloughs will harm students and are an unconscionable affront to the men and women who selflessly serve in our military. It is time for Congress to take action and protect children from bearing the brunt of these damaging, across the board cuts. 

Again, we urge you to oppose the disruption of students’ education by exempting DOD educators from furloughs and work toward a balanced approach to deficit reduction. 

Sincerely, 

Mary Kusler
Director of Government Relations