Public schools (61 - 70 of 185 items)
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...
Student Discipline: Individuals With Disabilities Education Act
GAO-01-210: Published: Jan 25, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 2001.
Standards for discipline and safety in schools are set primarily by local school districts. Federal and local regulations provide additional protections to special education students who misbehave to ensure that they are not unfairly deprived of their rights to an appropriate education. GAO reviewed regular and special education discipline policies to determine whether there were any differences i...
Schools and Libraries Program: Application and Invoice Review Procedures Need Strengthening
GAO-01-105: Published: Dec 15, 2000. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2000.
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 expanded the concept of universal telephone service to include telecommunication support services for eligible schools and libraries. Under this program, called the "e-rate program," schools and libraries can apply for discounts on telecommunications services, Internet access, and internal connections. GAO found that the Universal Service Administrative Company's...
At-Risk Youth: School-Community Collaborations Focus on Improving Student Outcomes
GAO-01-66: Published: Oct 10, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 10, 2000.
This report focuses on school and community collaborations for improving student outcomes for at-risk youth. To better provide the support needed for these students to succeed in school and beyond, some schools and school districts have intensified their collaboration with businesses, community agencies, and other neighborhood organizations. These efforts, which go substantially beyond the usual l...
Public Education: Commercial Activities in Schools
HEHS-00-156: Published: Sep 8, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on commercial activities in public schools, focusing on: (1) laws, regulations, and policies that regulate commercial activities in schools; and (2) the nature and extent of these activities.GAO noted that: (1) state laws and regulations governing commercial activities in public schools are not comprehensive; (2) nationwide, only genera...
School Facilities: Construction Expenditures Have Grown Significantly in Recent Years
HEHS-00-41: Published: Mar 3, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed construction expenditures for public school facilities, focusing on: (1) the trends since 1990 in elementary and secondary school construction expenditures and how construction expenditures were divided between land, buildings, and equipment; (2) the trends since 1990 in the amount of expenditures for elementary and secondary school construction by...
Reported Year 2000 (Y2K) Readiness Status of 25 Large School Districts
AIMD-99-296R: Published: Sep 21, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the year 2000 readiness status of 25 of the nation's largest public school districts, focusing on the systems supporting those districts' key business functions.GAO noted that: (1) in most instances, surveyed public school districts designated administrative systems, student records, facilities/embedded systems, student transportation, and food ser...
District of Columbia Public Schools: Audit Confirms Reasonableness of Enrollment Count, but Report's Presentation Is Unclear
HEHS-99-66R: Published: Mar 31, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed an independent audit of the District of Columbia Public Schools' (DCPS) enrollment counts, which is required by the District of Columbia School Reform Act of 1995, focusing on whether the: (1) audit methodology was reasonable; and (2) audit report's presentation was clear and complete.GAO noted that: (1) it found the audit methodology to be reasona...
Schools And Libraries Program: Actions Taken to Improve Operational Procedures Prior to Committing Funds
RCED-99-51: Published: Mar 5, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Schools and Libraries Corporation's progress in implementing GAO's July 16, 1998, recommendations for improving its procedures and internal controls.GAO noted that: (1) the Corporation has taken actions to implement the key recommendations that GAO believed needed to be completed prior to issuing any funding commitment letters to applicants; (2...