2019 Surveying the Military - EdChoice


  • Jun 25 2019

2019 Surveying the Military

By Paul DiPerna, Lindsey Burke, Drew Catt

In this report, authors Paul DiPerna, Lindsey Burke and Drew Catt share the results of a 2019 online survey of 1,295 active-duty military servicemembers and their spouses to gain a better understanding of the experiences and views of military families in America toward K-12 education; and to expand on EdChoice’s first military survey in 2017.

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In this report, you will learn:

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    Military servicemembers and their spouses are net promoters of military service.

    Though they face challenges that are much different from civilians, nearly half of those surveyed gave military service high ratings and indicated they would be likely to recommend the vocation to friends or colleagues. Our survey found 45 percent were promoters, 27 percent were passives, and 25 percent were detractors.
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    Military families make more sacrifices than non-military families to get their kids the education they need.

    Active-duty military parents are much more likely to say they have taken out a new loan or moved closer to school to support their child's education, compared to current school parents in our latest national survey. Military parents also are more likely to say they have paid for tutoring, before/after care services and school transportation.
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    Military families think education is on the right track by a far larger percentage than the general population.

    Military families are more likely to say K–12 education is heading in the right direction (53 percent), compared to the proportion feeling K–12 education has gotten off on the wrong track (47 percent). That is a stark contrast to the general public, which only reported 35 percent “right direction” in our 2018 national survey.
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    There is strong support for choice programs among military families; education savings accounts (ESAs) are the most popular.

    Servicemembers and spouses are much more likely than those who responded to our national survey to support ESAs and other educational choice mechanisms, and they believe ESAs should be universally available, not means-tested. Margins of support for ESAs, vouchers and charter schools are very large, exceeding +30 points for all policy types.

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