The Pentagon will furlough about 15,000 military school teachers and staff around the world because of the automatic budget cuts that took effect March 1, but spokesman George Little said March 4 that the department will manage the process so 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 a week. Right now they are open six days a week so that will cut them back to only five 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. Teachers and staff will likely have to take on unpaid day a week off to meet the furlough requirements. The Pentagon said 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. The furloughs would affect about 8,000 teachers and 7,000 support staff in the 194 military schools.
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