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Teacher Furloughs Affect Fort Benning Schools

Six elementary schools and a middle school at Fort Benning will close for up to five days in September because of teacher furloughs.

Department of Defense Education Activity director Marilee Fitzgerald said the furloughs will affect some 11,000 educators working in the nine-month category throughout the department.

Christy Cabezas, superintendent of schools for the Georgia/Alabama District which includes Fort Benning, Fort Rucker near Dothan, Ala., and Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., declined to comment on teacher furloughs. She referred questions to Washington.

Fitzgerald says 84,000 children will be affected in 194 schools worldwide. That includes 24,000 in U.S. schools.

Fort Benning spokeswoman Elsie Jackson said Fort Benning served 2,831 students in the current 2012-2013 school year.