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Higher Education: A Small Percentage of Families Save in 529 Plans
GAO-13-64: Published: Dec 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2012.
A small percentage of U.S. families saved in 529 plans in 2010, and those who did tended to be wealthier than others. According to the Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF), less than 3 percent of families saved in a 529 plan or Coverdell Education Savings Account (Coverdell)--a similar but less often used college savings vehicle also included in the SCF. While the economic downturn may have reduced i...
Trade Adjustment Assistance: Labor Awarded Community College Grants in Accordance with Requirements, but Needs to Improve Its Process
GAO-12-954: Published: Sep 28, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2012.
The Department of Labor (Labor) designed and awarded the grants following its standard competitive award process by developing and publishing an announcement, screening applicants, and convening expert panels to score applications. It also collaborated with the Department of Education to develop the announcement and identify panelists. Though they varied in terms of target populations, as permitte...
Higher Education: Improved Tax Information Could Help Pay for College
GAO-12-863T: Published: Jul 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2012.
We found that multiple Title IV programs and tax expenditures provided substantial aid to populations across income levels. In 2009, 12.8 million students received Title IV aid, and approximately 18 million tax filers claimed a higher education tax benefit for current expenses. The number of students receiving Title IV aid increased from 10.4 million to 12.8 million, or 23 percent, from 2006 to 20...
K-12 Education: Selected States and School Districts Cited Numerous Federal Requirements As Burdensome, While Recognizing Some Benefits
GAO-12-672: Published: Jun 27, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2012.
Generally consistent with the views of key stakeholders we interviewed, state and school district officials cited 17 federal requirements as most burdensome for them. These requirements were related to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Title I, Part A; the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B; national school meals programs; or other requirements related to the...
Charter Schools: Additional Federal Attention Needed to Help Protect Access for Students with Disabilities
GAO-12-543: Published: Jun 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2012.
Charter schools enrolled a lower percentage of students with disabilities than traditional public schools, but little is known about the factors contributing to these differences. In school year 2009-2010, which was the most recent data available at the time of our review, approximately 11 percent of students enrolled in traditional public schools were students with disabilities compared to about...
Higher Education: Improved Tax Information Could Help Families Pay for College
GAO-12-560: Published: May 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2012.
Multiple Title IV programs and tax expenditures provided substantial aid to populations across income levels. In 2009, 12.8 million students received Title IV aid, and approximately 18-million tax filers claimed a higher education tax benefit for current expenses. Recent increases in both programs from 2008 to 2009 may be because of enrollment increases and legislative actions, among other factors...
Indian Issues: Federal Funding for Non-Federally Recognized Tribes
GAO-12-348: Published: Apr 12, 2012. Publicly Released: May 9, 2012.
Of the approximately 400 non-federally recognized tribes that GAO identified, 26 received funding from 24 federal programs during fiscal years 2007 through 2010. Most of the 26 non-federally recognized tribes were eligible to receive this funding either because of their status as nonprofit organizations or state-recognized tribes. Similarly, most of the 24 federal programs that awarded funding to...
School Improvement Grants: Education Should Take Additional Steps to Enhance Accountability for Schools and Contractors
GAO-12-373: Published: Apr 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2012.
Successful SIG implementation posed a number of challenges. Specifically, state and district officials were challenged to build staff capacity and commitment for reform, facing difficulties such as recruiting and retaining strong staff members. In addition, the SIG requirements to develop teacher evaluations and increase student learning time were difficult to implement quickly and effectively bec...
School Improvement Grants: Survey of State Educational Agencies Regarding Grant Implementation (GAO-12-370SP, April 2012), an E-supplement to GAO-12-373
GAO-12-370SP: Published: Apr 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2012.
This e-publication supplements our report: School Improvement Grants: Education Should Take Steps to Ensure Accountability for Schools and Contractors (GAO-12-373). This e-publication includes the questions we asked in a web-based survey of state educational agencies (SEA) about implementation of the School Improvement Grant (SIG) Program and summarizes the answers given by the SEAs. The SEA surve...
K-12 Education: School-Based Physical Education and Sports Programs
GAO-12-350: Published: Feb 29, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2012.
While the most recent national data show instruction time for PE decreased from 2000 to 2006, officials GAO interviewed stated that school sports opportunities have generally increased in recent years. Specifically, the percentage of schools that offered PE at least 3 days a week decreased from 2000 to 2006, but the percentage of schools that required students in each grade to take some PE increas...