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Pentagon to furlough teachers, cut commissary time

By Lolita C. Baldor

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 01:55 p.m. HST, Mar 04, 2013


WASHINGTON » The Pentagon will furlough about 15,000 military school teachers and staff around the world because of the automatic budget cuts that took effect last Friday, but spokesman George Little said today the department will manage the process so the schools don't lose their accreditation.

Little said the military will also close all of the commissaries on bases around the world for one extra day each week. They are currently open six days a week.

Because the length of the school day can't legally be shortened, teachers and staff will likely have to take one unpaid day a week off to meet the furlough requirements. The Pentagon said that each school may handle the staff shortfall differently, perhaps having classes double up or using administrators or other teachers to stand in for absent co-workers.

"We're going to do everything we can to manage the furlough process in a manner that enables military children to receive an accredited school year for this academic year," Little told reporters. He added that summer school also will continue to be offered.

The furloughs would affect about 8,000 teachers and 7,000 support staff in the 194 military schools around the world. The schools are located in seven states, a dozen countries, as well as Guam and Puerto Rico, and they serve about 86,000 students.

The cuts, which could run through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, will have an impact on the current school year and the one that will begin in August or September.

Shutting the nearly 250 commissaries worldwide for an additional day per week particularly affects troops stationed abroad who rely on the base stores for their daily living necessities. About 12 million people are authorized to shop in the stores, which see more than $6 billion in transactions annually.

Under the budget cuts, the Pentagon must find $46 billion in savings by the end of the fiscal year. Officials have already said that 800,000 Defense Department civilian workers will be furloughed for one day without pay each week for about 22 weeks.






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nitpikker wrote:
how about they stop buying 500$ nails?? ridiculous the prices they let their contractors get away with!!
on March 4,2013 | 11:35AM
Anonymous wrote:
I hope they're furloughing the federal politicains 2 days a month, let them get a taste of what we go through.
on March 4,2013 | 12:23PM
blackmurano wrote:
Barack Obama just gave Eypgt 500 million dollar aid. This country is calling for the destruction of Israel and money is sent that could have been used for our citizens. . . This is the country in 2011 that Obama made a speech to their Parliament telling them "we are not a Christian nation."
on March 4,2013 | 02:00PM
64hoo wrote:
and john Kerry the secretary of state just got back from Egypt on this mourning news and gave 250 million dollars more in aid and it was Obama who gave Egyptss muslem brotherhood 1.5 billion aid last year and also gave them abrams tanks and f 16 fighters they have more f-16s then us.
on March 4,2013 | 04:16PM
Anonymous wrote:
than
on March 4,2013 | 06:02PM
pcman wrote:
I hope the DOD schools are able to recruit military spouses and furloughed civilian parents to substitute for furloughed teachers. The military bases overseas usually have abundant adults who voluteer as subsrtitues, aides, chaparones and assistant coaches to support the dependent schools. When I was assigned overseas, the DOD schools were always well endowed with parental help.
on March 4,2013 | 02:57PM
serious wrote:
That might be true, parental help, I agree, but the level of education--my kids were straight A's overseas but were set back one grade when they returned to the mainland. Sure cut the commissaries one day--just adjust your schedule.
on March 4,2013 | 03:10PM
MexMe wrote:
Those weren't volunteers: they were paid staff. All substitutes and aides are paid. You cannot have an unqualified person teaching in a classroom alone. The DoD schools will have furloughs just like the Hawai'i schools had in 2010. At that point, it would just be students doing busy work or having someone babysit the students at the school. It would help for those who will have childcare issues but it will do nothing for the educational time lost.
on March 4,2013 | 07:08PM
64hoo wrote:
the government don't have to cut teachers and commissary workers come on sa why don't you report that sos john Kerry just got back visiting the muslim brotherhood in Egypt and gave them 250 million in aid they could have use that money from cutting the teachers and commissary jobs. stop giving money away and keep it here so no jobs will be cut.
on March 4,2013 | 04:10PM
sailfish1 wrote:
They should close all the commissaries. They are from the days when we had a draft and soldiers started off with pay less than $100 per month. Today with the volunteer military, salaries are on par with civilian salaries and with tax free status and housing, transportation, and other benefits, why does the country have to provide tax free shopping?
on March 4,2013 | 04:50PM
Benibiker wrote:
Commissaries charge a 5% surcharge to maintain the building and they're a core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America's military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country. --- From the DeCa Website... It is a benefit to our hard working military men and women that put their lives on the line.
on March 4,2013 | 06:53PM
MexMe wrote:
Tax free status? The military pays taxes - lots of taxes. Transportation? No one gets free transportation unless it's driving a military vehicle for work purposes. As Benibiker stated, the commissary is a benefit. Even corporations give their employees benefits and most are as good, if not better, than what the military receives and... civilian employees don't risk their lives or leave their homes for war to earn them.
on March 4,2013 | 07:12PM
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