The Defense Department is taking a look at how it educates military children. And two Georgia military bases are part of the study. The department's education officials will be looking at graduation rates, test results and community involvement at Ft. Benning in Columbus and Ft. Stewart near Savannah.
The Savannah, Augusta and Columbus communities are the most impacted in the state by reductions in federal spending, according to a new report by Georgia State University. Dr. Peter Bluestone, Senior Research Associate at GSU’s Fiscal Research Center, said those cities feel more of the cuts from sequestration and the government shutdown because a larger percentage of their economy is based on federal defense spending.
While Congress works to iron out a budget, the so called sequester still stands. With it, areas that rely on federal spending are bracing for across the board cuts. Military communities are particularly hit.
Around Georgia’s nine military bases, companies that cater to the military are bracing for millions of dollars in Defense Department budget cuts. President Obama will release a budget next month that’s likely to include $500 million in cuts to the Defense Department.
The Longleaf Stewardship Fund announced a new partnership in Columbus Wednesday to preserve the pine tree in Georgia and other southeastern states. Through the Fund, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Southern Company and the Department of Defense and other government agencies are pooling resources to provide grants for environmental management efforts.