8.26.13 - Alabama Real-Time News
Funding cuts impacting implementation of Common Core standards at Department of Defense schools
By <http://connect.al.com/staff/LeadaGore/posts.html> Leada Gore | firstname.lastname@example.org al.com
on August 26, 2013 at 11:39 AM, updated August 26, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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Sequestration cuts have prompted schools that serve military children to delay the full implementation of Common Core Standards.
Department of Defense Education Activity originally adopted Common Core in May 2012 and the schedule called for the new standards to be in place as schools opened their doors this year. The standards, which have <http://blog.al.com/wire/2013/04/senate_committee_approves_comm.html> prompted a firestorm of controversy in Alabama, are currently used in 46 states and the District of Columbia.
"We've prolonged (Common Core) for a year," Marilee Fitzgerald, director of the Department of Defense Education Activity, <http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=120671> told American Forces Press Service. "This year, we're going to do all the work that should have been done last year. We're doing a gap analysis. We're doing a lot of our financial planning and putting together a professional development program."
DODEA operates schools at Fort Rucker and Maxwell Air Force Base. Fort Rucker Primary and Elementary Schools have a combined 729 students. Maxwell's Elementary and Middle School serves as some 395 students in grades Pre-K through eighth. The activity serves more than 84,000 students at nearly 200 schools in seven states, Cuba, Guam, Puerto Rico and 12 countries...