Military Schools Grapple With Budget Cuts Confusion, Instability

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

When BettyLou Cummins became a teacher in Defense Department schools 34 years ago, she knew that her livelihood would depend on the federal government.

"It's been said that Congress is our school board," said Cummins, who teaches at Ramstein High School on Ramstein Air Base in Germany and serves as a vice president of the Federal Education Association.

But now, she said, that school board has failed her. "And the stress level is through the roof."

Over the past week, since Congress failed to prevent the implementation of across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration, parents of students in Defense Department schools around the globe have heard all sorts of rumors regarding how the cuts will affect them. Concerned parents have approached teachers raising such concerns as whether school on Fridays might be canceled for the rest of the year.

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