Public schools (51 - 60 of 185 items)
Public Schools: Insufficient Research to Determine Effectiveness of Selected Private Education Companies
GAO-03-11: Published: Oct 29, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 2002.
In recent years, local school districts and traditional public schools have taken various initiatives to improve failing schools. School districts and charter schools are increasingly contracting with private, for-profit companies to provide a range of education and management services to schools. In the District of Columbia, some public schools contract with three such companies: Edison Schools...
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...
School Meal Programs: Estimated Costs for Three Administrative Processes at Selected Locations
GAO-02-944: Published: Sep 25, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2002.
Each school day, millions of children receive meals and snacks provided through the National School Lunch and National School Breakfast Programs. Any child at a participating school may purchase a meal through these school meal programs, and children from households that apply and meet established income guidelines can receive these meals free or at a reduced price. The federal government reimburs...
District of Columbia: Planned Funding and Schedule for D.C. Public Schools' Modernization Program Are Unrealistic
GAO-02-815R: Published: Jul 25, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2002.
In April 2002, GAO testified on the major challenges facing the District of Columbia Public School system faces in modernizing and renovating the District's schools (see GAO-02-628T). The school system, with the assistance of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has made considerable progress in making emergency repairs during the past few years. However, the school system now faces the more complex...
District of Columbia: D.C. Public Schools' Modernization Program Faces Major Challenges
GAO-02-628T: Published: Apr 25, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2002.
The District of Columbia school system, with help from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), has made considerable progress in fixing roofs, replacing windows, repairing bathrooms, and completing other maintenance work that has been neglected for years. The D.C. school system is now addressing the more complex task of modernizing--either through renovation or through new construction--virtuall...
BIA and DOD Schools: Student Achievement and Other Characteristics Often Differ from Public Schools'
GAO-01-934: Published: Sep 28, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 2001.
Unlike public schools, the schools run by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) depend almost entirely on federal funds. Although the two school systems are similar in that regard, their histories and settings are very different. The performance of many BIA students on standardized tests and other academic measures is far below that of public school students. BIA s...
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,...
District of Columbia: D.C. Public Schools Inappropriately Used Gas Utility Contract for Renovations
GAO-01-963: Published: Sep 28, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2001.
By the mid 1990s, most of the District of Columbia's public schools were more than 50 years old and in poor condition. Deferred maintenance had led to a host of safety problems, from fire code violations to leaky roofs. GAO found that the D.C. school system mismanaged a contract with the Washington Gas Light Company. GAO found the use of the gas contract to obtain school renovation services, inclu...
Schools and Libraries Program: Update on E-Rate Funding
GAO-01-672: 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. Under FCC's program, often referred to as the 'e-rate' program, sc...
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...