Improvements Recommended for Better Oversight of the Capitol Page School

GGD-79-56: Published: Apr 26, 1979. Publicly Released: May 7, 1979.

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The Capitol Page School, operated for Congress by the District of Columbia Public Schools, provides educational programs and instruction to young men and women while they are serving as pages for Congress.

Administration, programs, facilities, and general conduct of the school were adequate for a limited term experience; however, the educational program could be improved by overcoming such limitations as short class attendance time, few elective courses, and lack of supervised study after working hours. Congressional oversight of the school has been difficult because operating records have not been maintained, and the selection and hiring of teachers has not been documented adequately.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The District Board of Education should make a formal arrangement with the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House for the operation of the school; ensuring that complete and accurate operating cost records are maintained, and that a memorandum progress report on operations is submitted with the school budget. Also, the Board should direct the school to: (1) submit, after consultation with interested congressional parties, comments on deficiency reports and mid-advisory reports for pages who are not maintaining required grades for retention; (2) document actions concerning recruitment of regular and substitute teachers; and (3) determine whether any financial recovery can be made of overpayment to a school staff member.

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