07/05/2011 12:22 pm ET Updated Sep 04, 2011

Live chat: Worsening conditions at military base schools

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After 10 years of war, are we neglecting the sons and daughters of U.S. military personnel? Is the decrepit shape of many of their schools adding to the strains they already feel from parents who are absent for many months if not years of their lives? Who should be responsible for the educational needs of military kids? 

Join us here on Tuesday, July 5, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT for a live chat with Center for Public Integrity's iWatch News reporter Kristen Lombardi about her latest investigation into the worsening conditions of schools on U.S. military installations, and how those conditions have affected children whose parents are often deployed.

Joining her will be Joyce Raezer, executive director of the National Military Family Association; Ronald Walker, superintendent of Geary County Public Schools, which serve schools on the Fort Riley post in Kansas; and Norman Heitzman, former assistant schools superintendent for South Carolina-Fort Stewart-Cuba District, Department of Defense schools, which serve schools on Fort Stewart, in Georgia.

We'll discuss the findings of Lombardi's investigation, and will talk with Raezer, Walker and Heitzman about the problems that base schools are facing, and what can be done to solve them.

We want you to particpate in the conversation, so if you have questions before the chat, you can tweet them to @iWatch using the hashtag #dodschools, or post them in the comments below. You can also write in while the chat is live.