Military personnel make many sacrifices for our country. But did you know one of the top problems that they report is inadequate education options for their children? All too often, our men and women in uniform are forced to decide between their military careers and their children’s future.

However, a recent proposal in the House and Senate seeks to alleviate this tension by offering education savings accounts to military-connected children. The new policy would allow parents to tailor their children’s education to their unique needs. These changes are imperative to ensure that the U.S. military remains an effective and ready fighting force.

On Tuesday, Heritage hosted a discussion between Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., who introduced a military ESA bill in the House, Thomas Spoehr, director of Heritage’s Center for National Defense, and Lindsey Burke, Ph.D., director of Heritage’s Center for Education Policy and the innovator of the military ESA concept. You can watch the event here or listen to the conversation on the Heritage Events podcast.

This event addressed school choice, but what other needs would you like to see addressed for our military and their families? 

Comments (10)

Bill Conley - May 3, 2019

Yes to allowing money to follow the student and free choice.

david wilmarth - May 3, 2019

I would like a correlation run showing 1960 compared to 2018 in: 1. quality of USA education compared to other countries .
2. cost per student.
3. % of teachers being democrats VS % as republicans.
4. School violence
I think we can see the problems the liberal takeover of education has caused.

William Coates - May 3, 2019

Facilitate online homeschooling for military families, to avoid the falsehoods being taught in public school history and social studies. Several good curricula are available that avoid the madness of Common Core subversion.
Colleges and universities at his point in history are not useful; merely Marxist indoctrination mills.

James L Justice - May 3, 2019

Make the Hillsdale College K thru 12 curriculum available at very low cost to all military families.

Marilyn Hodgell - May 4, 2019

A scholarship savings account for the military children that they could apply for with good grades as one of the requirements. Internet education studies could also be used as many private schools also use. Our public education has been taken over by communisim, un diciplined parents and children leading to failure..

George Longino - May 4, 2019

This problem is a result of the takeover of most colleges by the “left”. Even “free college” for children of military families will not solve the problem. This issue cannot be solved by “the govt.”. There is only one Hillsdale College. The need for a balanced educational experience for children of military families can only accomplished by private funding, somewhat like the 529 plan. Veterans and others can “adopt” a current military family.

Bill Beck - May 4, 2019

Take the politics out of education. We need a strong English and History curriculum in the schools. Our military deserve the best housing, education and life necessities that our government can provide.

cathy simicich - May 6, 2019

Maybe some conservative colleges will offer more to the military families and that school will respect them and they will learn about how great our country is

XCharles Sears - May 17, 2019

MS. James;
Why do we never see you on t.v., Interviws etc?

Author Dustin Howard - May 20, 2019

President James was on Fox News earlier this month, but admittedly, she doesn’t do regular television appearances. She works hard behind the scenes, and leaves most of the interviews to Heritage policy experts.

Here’s her recent interview if you are interested:

Dustin Howard
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