Sequester hits Department of Defense-run schools

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Sequestration means a herky-jerky start to the school year for about 84,000 kids on military bases.

Although the 200 schools run by the Defense Department plan to make the start of the year as smooth as possible, students will be out of school for five days between the start of classes and Sept. 21 because of employee furloughs that affect teachers, principals, and other school employees.

The missed days are all clustered at the beginning of school because employees’ unpaid time off couldn’t begin until after July 8, when defense schools around the world were all closed, said Marilee Fitzgerald, director of the Department of Defense Education Activity. And they must all be taken before the start of the next fiscal year.

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