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Charter Schools: Guidance Needed for Military Base Schools on Startup and Operational Issues
GAO-13-67: Published: Feb 5, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 2013.
Eight charter schools were located on domestic military bases and one charter school was being developed on a base at the time of GAO's review. The military base charter schools differed in their academic focuses and served militaryconnected students to different degrees. For example, one school focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while another used the arts to teach all s...
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...
Military Dependent Students: Better Oversight Needed to Improve Services for Children with Special Needs
GAO-12-680: Published: Sep 10, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2012.
The Department of Defense (DOD) provides special education services through a complex system that varies by location. Domestically, DOD provides special education mainly within DOD schools. In contrast, DOD schools overseas vary in the types and levels of disabilities they are readily equipped to serve. For example, DOD schools in Ramstein, Germany, are equipped to serve children with severe disab...
Students with Disabilities: Better Federal Coordination Could Lessen Challenges in the Transition from High School
GAO-12-594: Published: Jul 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 2012.
Students with disabilities face several longstanding challenges accessing services that may assist them as they transition from high school into postsecondary education or the workforce--services such as tutoring, vocational training, and assistive technology. Eligible students with disabilities are entitled to transition planning services during high school, but after leaving high school, to rece...
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...
Student and Exchange Visitor Program: DHS Needs to Take Actions to Strengthen Monitoring of Schools
GAO-12-895T: Published: Jul 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2012.
In summary, we reported that ICE does not have a process to identify and assess risks posed by schools in SEVP. Specifically, SEVP (1) does not evaluate program data on prior and suspected instances of school fraud and noncompliance, and (2) does not obtain and assess information from CTCEU and ICE field office school investigations and outreach events. Moreover, weaknesses in ICEs monitorin...
Financial Literacy: Overlap of Programs Suggests There May Be Opportunities for Consolidation
GAO-12-588: Published: Jul 23, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2012.
The federal government spent about $68 million on 15 of the 16 financial literacy programs that were comprehensive in scope or scale in fiscal year 2010; cost data were not available for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which was created that year. In addition, about $137 million in federal funding in four other major programs was directed to housing counseling, which can include e...
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...
Payment to Counties: More Clarity Could Help Ensure County Expenditures Are Consistent with Key Parts of the Secure Rural Schools Act
GAO-12-775: Published: Jul 16, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2012.
Both the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have provided limited oversight of county spending under Title III of the Secure Rural Schools Act. Neither agency has issued regulations, and guidance available from these agencies is limited and sometimes unclear about which types of expenditures are allowable under the act. In addition, their guidance appears to be inconsistent wit...