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Department of Education: Guaranteed Student Loan Program Vulnerabilities
GAO-03-268R: Published: Nov 21, 2002. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2003.
Congress requested that GAO investigate weaknesses in the Department of Education's administration of student loans for postsecondary education under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program. As a result of the undercover investigation, GAO exposed vulnerabilities in the administration of the FFEL Program. GAO set up a fictitious school and sought and obtained approval for student loans to...
School Vouchers: Characteristics of Privately Funded Programs
GAO-02-752: Published: Sep 10, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2002.
Privately funded voucher programs are a new development in the nation's experiment with school vouchers. These programs, started in the early 1990s, provide low-income families with private, nongovernmental tuition assistance at private schools for kindergarten through grade 12. Although private schools have long offered various forms of financial assistance, many of these privately funded voucher...
Federal Student Aid: Additional Management Improvements Would Clarify Strategic Direction and Enhance Accountability
GAO-02-255: Published: Apr 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2002.
The Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) administers more than $53 billion in financial aid for more than 8.1 million students. Since 1990, GAO has included student financial aid on its high-risk list. To address these and other long-standing management weaknesses, Congress established FSA as a performance-based organization (PBO) within Education in 1998. To develop and i...
Title I: Education Needs to Monitor States' Scoring of Assessments
GAO-02-393: Published: Apr 1, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 2002.
Concerned that Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) had not significantly improving the educational achievements of children at risk, Congress mandated major changes in 1994. States were required to adopt or develop challenging curriculum content and performance standards, assessments aligned with content standards, and accountability systems to measure progress in raising...
Veterans' Education Benefits: Comparison of Federal Assistance Awarded to Veteran and Nonveteran Students
GAO-02-368: Published: Feb 25, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2002.
The Montgomery GI Bill provides a monthly stipend to pay postsecondary education expenses for veterans and eligible service members. Concerns have been raised about whether GI benefits adequately cover educational costs and whether the receipt of GI benefits affects other federal financial assistance available to postsecondary students under Title IV of the Higher Education Act and the Internal Re...
School Dropouts: Education Could Play a Stronger Role in Identifying and Disseminating Promising Prevention Strategies
GAO-02-240: Published: Feb 1, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 2002.
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that the national status dropout rate--the percentage of 16- through 24-year olds who are not enrolled in school and who lack a high school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate--fluctuated between 10.9 and 12.5 percent between 1990 and 2000. However, dropout rates have varied considerably between regions of the country and amo...
Title I Funding: Poor Children Benefit Though Funding Per Poor Child Differs
GAO-02-242: Published: Jan 15, 2002. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2002.
The Title I program spends $8 billion each year on elementary and secondary education. Although state and local funds account for more than 90 percent of national education expenditures, Title I has been an important source of funding for many poor school districts and schools since 1965. In the 1999-2000 school year, Title I funds were targeted on the basis of numbers and percentages of poor chil...
School Vouchers: Publicly Funded Programs in Cleveland and Milwaukee
GAO-01-914: Published: Aug 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2001.
This report reviews the Cleveland and Milwaukee school voucher programs, which provide money for low-income families to send their children to private schools. Both programs require participating private schools to be located within the city or the city's school district and to adhere to state standards for private schools, such as those covering health and safety. In both Cleveland and Milwaukee,...
Schools and Libraries Program: Update on State-Level Funding by Category of Service
GAO-01-673: Published: May 11, 2001. Publicly Released: May 11, 2001.
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 expanded the traditional definition of universal service--affordable, nationwide telephone service--to include eligible schools and libraries. The act authorized the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to begin a program to help these institutions acquire advanced telecommunications services in the following three areas: telecommunications, Internet access, a...
Public Education: Meeting the Needs of Students With Limited English Proficiency
GAO-01-226: Published: Feb 23, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 2001.
Experts disagree about the best methods to teach student who speak little English. Even though different approaches to English language instruction may be effective, many variables may influence a given school's program choices. Moreover, there is no clear time line for acquiring English proficiency. Local decisions about the amount of time needed to attain proficiency and the amount of languag...