By Jane Meredith Adams
Schools across the country are preparing to formally track students from military families, monitoring their academic progress as they move from military base to military base and state to state, under a new provision in the federal education law.
The change comes in response to concerns raised by the Department of Defense that the children of active-duty members of the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and Marines have academic and emotional needs that schools often are ill-equipped to meet.
At Chula Vista’s Veterans Elementary School, a new effort to support students from military families already is underway to help students like 5th-grader Victoria Ayekof.
She had a rough start when she arrived last fall from a U.S. Navy base in Ghana where her father was stationed. Veterans Elementary is Victoria’s fifth school in five years and in the beginning, the adjustment was tough.
Her mother, Joyce Ayekof, said school staff reported her daughter was “always isolated and crying.”