GAO Report Calls for Guidance on Military Base Charter Schools

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Posted: February 11, 2013
Focus Areas: Military Families

A February 2013 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) focuses on charter schools on military bases and recommends that additional guidance be developed regarding operation of the schools.

The report, which profiles the eight charter schools in seven states that were identified on bases, covers start-up, use of federal grants, preferences for admission, facilities, and base security and access for civilian members of the school community.

The report states that “demand among military families and base communities for more military base charter schools will likely increase, especially in light of residential growth on bases affected by military Base Realignment and Closure,” and that such schools present a “novel set of challenges” and opportunities.

The development of military base charter schools was the subject of the January 2011 newsletter of the National Charter School Resource Center, which has posted on its website diverse resources related to the topic.