The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) operates 166 schools serving more than 70,000 military and DoD civilians dependents in 11 foreign countries, eight U.S. States, Guam and Puerto Rico. DoDEA schools have been recognized repeatedly for the outstanding quality of education they offer, including their efforts to reduce achievement gaps and to provide a full array of services and educational opportunities for special needs students.
Faculty and staff in DoDEA schools are represented by the Federal Education Association, an affiliate of NEA, and are protected by the same bargaining and civil service due-process rights currently enjoyed by other federal workers.
An effort by the management of DoDEA is currently underway to eliminate those rights and protections that allow DoDEA to recruit and retain excellent employees. A proposed piece of legislation, using the supposed need to combine DoDEA’s overseas and stateside schools into a single unit to improve operations, would strip employees of all meaningful bargaining rights and civil service protections.
For decades, DoDEA employees have produced outstanding results for our nation’s military families. Destroying the rights of those hard working school employees threatens to end DoDEA’s ability to recruit and retain a high quality staff with the knowledge and experience necessary to help military dependents with the unique stresses and situations they face.
DoDEA employees and the military dependents they serve should be rewarded, not punished, for their record of success. NEA and FEA are opposed to this effort by DoDEA management to strip employees of their most basic rights and to put the continued success of these schools at risk.