Fort Bragg schools could move to four-day week

Posted March 26, 2013

Fort Bragg sign

— Federal spending cuts that kick in next month under the so-called sequester could force military schools to shift to a four-day class week.

The military is considering various options to handle the billions in mandated cuts, but teachers at schools on military installations face furloughs in the coming months.

Any change to class schedules would affect 84,000 students on military installations worldwide, including about 5,000 at Fort Bragg.

"It's not fair. I don't understand why our kids have to suffer because we already go through enough," Natalie Loyco-Thompson, whose husband is stationed at Fort Bragg, said Tuesday.

Loyco-Thompson has two children at school on post, and she said the lack of information about the situation is frustrating for families who are used to dealing with uncertainty.

"Everybody is already pointing fingers at everybody else," she said. "I just never thought I'd be sitting on my couch today crying that I'd have to sit here fighting for my kids' education or even thinking about this process."

Natalie Loyco-Thompson Mother upset federal cuts affect Fort Bragg students

Department of Defense spokeswoman Commander Leslie Hull-Ryde conceded that teachers at military schools "are not exempt from furloughs" and that schools would close on furlough days.

"The priority remains focused on mitigating the impact of sequestration on our students," Hull-Ryde said, noting that Advanced Placement and end-of-grade exams will be given and summer school classes will be held.

"(The Defense Department's) goal is to preserve the accreditation of its schools and ensure a quality education for all of its students," she said.


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  • Sherlock Mar 27, 2013

    Make those days the teacher work days, kids are off from school anyway. Try to finds ways to make this work for you and not against you. But one point that going to a 4 day make employee works as part time so no benefits have to be paid...

  • Sherlock Mar 27, 2013

    Funny that NO one it the top brass received any cuts, for the amount of pay they receive if you start at the top and go down you can save a great deal of money.

  • tjszx2 Mar 27, 2013

    @ Pirate01 obviously you don't have a single clue about the cuts affecting our active duty forces, so maybe you should move onto another topic to leave your comments. There are more cuts happeneing than the main stream media and our government tells the American people about. Flying hours cut, active duty members are being forced out (yes they are forcing people out....AF 9900 people gone), temporary duty assignments have been cancelled, aircraft and facility maintenance is being cancelled/delayed, not to mention the DOD employees will be furlough beginning next month.

  • KermitDFrog Mar 27, 2013

    So much for "investing in our future".

  • yellowhorses Mar 27, 2013

    the entire government is to blame. Also while I feel for the military families no one forced them to do this. No one said they had to have children or live on base. that is a freedom of choice.
    OMG, I cannot believe your arrogance. You ask these people to stand between you and anyone else in the world with a gun, but you pay them next nothing. You act like they are second class citizens who don't deserve to the have the same rights of a home, children, etc., as you do. You really are a sad case.

  • Reader X Mar 27, 2013

    I'm sure this will also make it difficult for the parents and their work schedules depending on the age of the children.

  • Pirate01 Mar 27, 2013

    There are no cuts. The budget for next year will be larger than the budget for this year. There has not been a federal budget since obama has been President. It is all continuing resolution with automatic increases. The "cuts" are just cuts to projected spending increases. If they are cutting anything it is not because of sequestration. It is because of political posturing.

  • Burnspot Mar 27, 2013

    I think a 4 day school week would be good if they did it right. Around 1985, our school district switched to a 4 day school week during my high school years. It was done to save school heating costs and transportation costs (school was in the mountains). No school on Monday's and local ski-areas provided students with free passes on those days (the community already had free ski shuttle busses). The actual 4 day week consisted of longer days (7:30-4:30 IIRC), which meant going to/coming from school in the dark over the winter, but all in all, it was, and still is, a successful program for that district in Colorado. Having a day off allowed for getting a lot of things done that would otherwise subtract from time in class (doctor's appointments, etc.).

  • bobbyj Mar 27, 2013

    the entire government is to blame. Also while I feel for the military families no one forced them to do this. No one said they had to have children or live on base. that is a freedom of choice.

  • MonkeyFace Mar 27, 2013

    So on point Roseviking. Sad thing is, they don't care because its not effecting them.