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The Head Start program helps children from low-income families get ready to attend school. We attempted to enroll fictitious children in 15 Head Start centers using information that should have disqualified our applications, such as pay stubs that exceeded income requirements.
The Department of Agriculture's National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program give schools billions of dollars every year to provide meals for children. Historically, the rates of estimated payment errors have been high, suggesting that the programs may be vulnerable to fraud.
About 16 percent of adolescents and 38 percent of young adults used illicit substances in 2016. Most young adults who develop substance use disorders begin using in adolescence.
There are federal grants that fund drug addiction treatment for adolescents and young adults.
What GAO Found From fiscal years 2003 through 2012, state funding for all public colleges decreased, while tuition rose. Specifically, state funding decreased by 12 percent overall while median tuition rose 55 percent across all public colleges.
What GAO Found Unlike public schools, Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools receive almost all of their funding from federal sources. BIE directly operates about a third of its schools, and tribes operate two-thirds.
What GAO FoundBy school year 2012-13, 6 of 12 Race to The Top (RTT) states fully implemented their evaluation systems (i.e., for all teachers and principals in all RTT districts). However, their success in fully implementing by the date targeted in their RTT applications varied.
What GAO Found The federal government spent about $68 million on 15 of the 16 financial literacy programs that were comprehensive in scope or scale in fiscal year 2010; cost data were not available for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which was created that year.
What GAO FoundThe U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Academy) has made progress in improving its internal control since GAOs August 2009 report, but has not yet fully addressed one key recommendation related to fundamental weaknesses in its overall internal control system.
What Participants SaidParticipants highlighted the following themes during the forum: Focus on key populations. Participants discussed a number of areas that should be the most sustained focus of the nations financial literacy efforts in the coming years.