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Murray calls on feds for increased funds for military-impacted schools

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington) understands that school districts with a heavy population of military dependents — including those who have parents in the National Guard and Reserves — have unique issues to deal with and wants to help them out.

In a new proposal Murray will present as a part of the Senate’s Department of Defense Appropriations bill, Murray wants to see more funding go to those schools to help cover counseling and tutoring services.

The new round of base realignments looming and frequent deployments because of the war on terrorism are having a serious impact on local school districts — an impact that is both financial and emotional. If BRAC is approved, Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton would also gain approximately 1,400 civilian personnel positions. There is no specific timeline for the gain.

What is already set in stone is that two Trident-class submarines, USS Louisiana and USS Maine, are

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