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Sequestration Cuts Hurt Military Base Schools

Photo by Cheryl Rodewig

Teacher Kathy Henley with her students at Fort Benning, Georgia in 2010.

Sequestration cuts will affect the number of days civilian teachers employed by the Department of Defense can work, according to the American Forces Press Service.

Pentagon spokesman George Little announced Monday that teachers employed by the Department of Defense Education Activity, or DODEA, will be subject to furloughs triggered by sequestration cuts.

According to Little, DOD civilian personnel - including DODEA teachers - will be furloughed one day a week from April through the end of September, barring congressional intervention:

"We're mindful that we need to protect the education of military children.

"We are 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."

The DODEA serves 84,000 students at 194 schools worldwide.

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