School management and organization (21 - 28 of 28 items)
District of Columbia Public Schools: School Year 1996-97 Enrollment Count Vulnerable to Errors
T-HEHS-98-53: Published: Nov 20, 1997. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 1997.
GAO discussed its report on the enrollment count process that the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) used in school year 1996-97, focusing on whether the process appeared sufficient to produce an accurate count.GAO noted that: (1) even though DCPS changed parts of its enrollment process in school year 1996-97 to address prior criticisms, the process remained flawed; (2) some of the changes...
District of Columbia Public Schools: Student Enrollment Count Remains Vulnerable to Errors
HEHS-97-161: Published: Aug 21, 1997. Publicly Released: Aug 21, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the enrollment count process that the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) used in school year 1996-97, focusing on: (1) whether the process appeared sufficient to produce an accurate count; (2) enrollment count processes used by some other urban school systems; and (3) the role of the Department of Education's Inspector General in preparing...
Private Management of Public Schools: Early Experiences in Four School Districts
HEHS-96-3: Published: Apr 19, 1996. Publicly Released: May 20, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the experiences of four school districts that contracted for public school management, focusing on the effects of private management contract arrangements on students.GAO found that: (1) in Baltimore, Maryland, one contractor used its average per pupil allocation to manage 9 of the district's 183 schools, implement an instructional approach, and pa...
Charter Schools: A Growing and Diverse National Reform Movement
T-HEHS-95-52: Published: Jan 19, 1995. Publicly Released: Jan 19, 1995.
GAO discussed the growing movement toward charter schools, focusing on: (1) charter schools' instructional innovations, autonomy, and accountability systems; and (2) challenges charter schools pose for federal programs. GAO noted that: (1) states have approved 134 charter schools developed by teachers, school administrators, parents, and private corporations; (2) charter schools have diverse and i...
Charter Schools: New Model for Public Schools Provides Opportunities and Challenges
HEHS-95-42: Published: Jan 18, 1995. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the growth of charter schools, focusing on: (1) the number of charter schools that have been approved under state laws; (2) the characteristics of charter schools' instructional programs; (3) whether charter schools operate autonomously and are held accountable for student performance; and (4) the challenges charter schools pose for...
Education Reform: School-Based Management Results in Changes in Instruction and Budgeting
HEHS-94-135: Published: Aug 23, 1994. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the impact of school-based management (SBM) initiatives on education reform, focusing on: (1) how SBM implementation would affect school administrators' and teachers' ability to change schools' instructional programs and budgets; (2) the key similarities and differences in districts' approaches to SBM; and (3) how SBM would affect Ch...
Regulatory Flexibility in Schools: What Happens When Schools Are Allowed to Change the Rules?
HEHS-94-102: Published: Apr 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed three states' experience with providing regulatory flexibility to schools to better serve disadvantaged children.GAO found that: (1) the three states' regulatory flexibility approaches varied; (2) the states also granted regulatory waivers to schools on a case-by-case basis, but they could not waive federal regulations; (3) schools in all three sta...
Local Tax Abatement
HEHS-94-84R: Published: Apr 21, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the impact of tax abatements on five large city school districts. GAO noted that: (1) four of the five school districts reviewed did not believe that tax abatements had a major impact on school funding; (2) school district officials believed that declining state aid, federal and state unfunded mandates, property tax limitation laws, and property ta...