WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will furlough about 15,000 military school teachers and staff around the world because of the automatic budget cuts that took effect last Friday, but spokesman George Little said Monday the department will manage the process so the schools don’t lose their accreditation.
Little said the military will also close all of the commissaries on bases around the world for one extra day each week. They are currently open six days a week.
The furloughs will occur at schools on military bases around the world that serve the children of military personnel posted there. The teachers and staff are Defense Department employees.
Because the length of the school day can’t legally be shortened, teachers and staff will likely have to take one unpaid day a week off to meet the furlough requirements. The Pentagon said that each school may handle the staff shortfall differently, perhaps having classes double up or using administrators or other teachers to stand in for absent co-workers.
“We’re going to do everything we can to manage the furlough process in a manner that enables military children to receive an accredited school year for this academic year,” Little told reporters. He added that summer school also will continue to be offered.