Military Children Left Behind

Tens of thousands of children attend schools on military installations that are falling apart from age and neglect, and fail to meet Defense Department standards. Over 10 years, school conditions on bases have worsened while parents endured an average three deployments, each lasting 15 to 18 months. The military’s own assessment puts 39 percent of the schools it operates in the worst category, “failing,” and 37 percent in “poor” physical shape.