Educational facilities (11 - 20 of 30 items)
District of Columbia Public Education: Agencies Have Enhanced Internal Controls Over Federal Payments for School Improvement, But More Consistent Monitoring Needed
GAO-11-16: Published: Nov 18, 2010. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2010.
Between fiscal years 2004 and 2009, Congress appropriated nearly $190 million in federal payments for school improvement to the District of Columbia (D.C.). This includes $85 million to the state education office--currently the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)--to expand public charter schools and $105 million to D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) to improve education in public schoo...
School Facilities: Physical Conditions in School Districts Receiving Impact Aid for Students Residing on Indian Lands
GAO-10-32: Published: Oct 29, 2009. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 2009.
State and local governments spend billions of dollars annually on the construction, renovation, and maintenance of public school facilities, yet concerns persist about the condition of some school facilities, particularly in school districts serving students residing on Indian lands. The Department of Education's (Education) Impact Aid Program provides funding to school districts that are adversel...
District of Columbia Public Schools: Important Steps Taken to Continue Reform Efforts, But Enhanced Planning Could Improve Implementation and Sustainability
GAO-09-619: Published: Jun 26, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2009.
In response to long-standing problems with student achievement and the management of the District of Columbia (D.C. or the District) public school system, the D.C. Council approved the Public Education Reform Amendment Act of 2007. This act made major changes to the governance of the D.C. public school system, giving the Mayor authority over public schools. This report follows a GAO testimony in M...
District of Columbia Public Schools: Implementation and Sustainability of Reform Efforts Could Benefit From Enhanced Planning
GAO-09-902T: Published: Jul 23, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2009.
This testimony presents information on the District of Columbia's (D.C. or the District) progress in reforming its public school system. The District's school system has had long-standing problems with student academic performance, the condition of school facilities, and its overall management. The District's public schools have fallen well behind the District's own targets for demonstrating adequ...
Seclusions and Restraints: Selected Cases of Death and Abuse at Public and Private Schools and Treatment Centers
GAO-09-719T: Published: May 19, 2009. Publicly Released: May 19, 2009.
GAO recently testified before the Committee regarding allegations of death and abuse at residential programs for troubled teens. Recent reports indicate that vulnerable children are being abused in other settings. For example, one report on the use of restraints and seclusions in schools documented cases where students were pinned to the floor for hours at a time, handcuffed, locked in closets, an...
Access to Arts Education: Inclusion of Additional Questions in Education's Planned Research Would Help Explain Why Instruction Time Has Decreased for Some Students
GAO-09-286: Published: Feb 27, 2009. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2009.
Under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA), districts and schools must demonstrate adequate yearly progress (AYP) for all students. Because schools may spend more time improving students' academic skills to meet NCLBA's requirements, some are concerned that arts education might be cut back. To determine how, if at all, student access to arts education has changed since NCLBA, the Congress asked: (...
District of Columbia Public Schools: While Early Reform Efforts Tackle Critical Management Issues, a District-Wide Strategic Education Plan Would Help Guide Long-Term Efforts
GAO-08-549T: Published: Mar 14, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2008.
In response to long-standing problems with student academic performance, the condition of school facilities, and the overall management of the D.C. public school system, the D.C. Council approved the Public Education Reform Amendment Act of 2007 (Reform Act). The Reform Act made major changes to the operations and governance of the D.C. public school system, including giving the Mayor authority ov...
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...
District of Columbia Public Schools: Status of Fiscal Year 1998 Roof Projects
T-AIMD-98-219: Published: Jun 24, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the District of Columbia Public Schools' (DCPS) roof replacement work for fiscal year (FY) 1998, focusing on: (1) the availability of funds to pay for roof repairs; (2) the current status of the roof repair process; (3) the estimated cost of the roof repairs; and (4) additional capital improvements in FY 1999 and beyond.GAO noted that: (1) at leas...
District of Columbia Public Schools: Availability of Funds and the Cost of FY 1997 Roof Projects
AIMD-98-82: Published: Mar 9, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the District of Columbia Public Schools' (DCPS) efforts to repair school roofs during the summer of 1997, focusing on the conflicting information on the availability of funds to pay for the roof work and the cost, including cost per square foot, of the work completed in fiscal year (FY) 1997.GAO noted that: (1) sufficient funding was available to b...