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Ensuring Access to Safe, Quality K-12 Education

Public schools face a number of challenges in ensuring that all students have access to a safe, high-quality education.

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The U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies work to ensure that 50 million students in K-12 public schools have access to a safe, quality education. However, there are ongoing concerns about disparities in educational quality for low-income and other vulnerable students, as well as issues related to the safety and well-being of all students. Also, as COVID-19 affects schools with closures and transition to distance learning, stay informed about our ongoing oversight of the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Low-income students, minority students, and students with special needs face challenges in accessing a quality education. These challenges include: 

Additionally, issues related to the safety and well-being of all students include improving:

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    • Jacqueline M. Nowicki
    • Director, Education, Workforce, and Income Security
    • nowickij@gao.gov
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