Air Base education options is Maxwell group's focus

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A newly formed group at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama is aiming to improve the education options for military families.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports the group plans to tackle a variety of topics. Among them: Increasing attendance at the on-base school; a streamlined application process for Montgomery's magnet schools; and more school choice options for military families.

Exploring the possibility of charter schools in the area is part of the discussion.

The group was created about a month ago in response to statistics highlighted in August by Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton.

Cotton said about 56 percent of airmen in last year's Air War College came to Montgomery without their families. Schools were the No. 1 reason given in surveys to find out why they spent the time apart.