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Options for Educating Students Attending Department of Defense Schools in the United States

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Technical Report

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RAND National Defense Research Institute Santa Monica United States

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The U.S. Department of Defense DoD sponsored a study to evaluate the mission of educating military-connected children in the contiguous United States CONUS. The DoD Education Activity DoDEA currently operates or contracts with local educational agencies to operate schools on 15 CONUS installations. DoDEA sponsored the RAND National Defense Research Institute project reported here to research and evaluate the options for educating military-connected children on these 15 installations. This report identifies the set of feasible options for educating military-connected children at these installations and determines which options are feasible at each installation. It evaluates the feasible options in terms of expected school quality, costs, and implementation considerations. It also specifies the construction and implementation implications for each feasible option. We intend the report to inform decisionmakers and stakeholders in DoD, as well as in the states, communities, and local education agencies that the options considered might affect.

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