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Jean Fuller
Schools on military bases struggle with maintenance
Schools on military bases struggle with maintenance

Water leaks stain the ceiling of Irving L. Branch Elementary School. Electrical wiring is exposed, and students are careful to avoid cracks in the playground's asphalt. "We need new stuff," sixth-grader Damian Rattler said recently while sitting in a chair held together with duct tape. The 700-student campus is one of 10 California military base schools that the Pentagon has ranked as being in the top third of those most in need of repair nationwide. In recent years, Congress allocated a total of $945 million to address critical problems with capacity and conditions at public schools on military installations. To access the money, however, school districts or their...

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