School districts (71 - 80 of 189 items)
Prekindergarten: Four Selected States Expanded Access by Relying on Schools and Existing Providers of Early Education and Care to Provide Services
GAO-04-852: Published: Sep 9, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2004.
For nearly 40 years, the federal government has played a role in providing early childhood development programs for children of low-income families through Head Start and other programs. Since 1980, the number of states with preschool programs has also significantly increased. While most of these programs have targeted children at risk of school failure, more recently, interest has grown in expand...
Flexibility Demonstration Programs: Education Needs to Better Target Program Information
GAO-03-691: Published: Jun 9, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2003.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLBA) has focused national attention on increasing accountability for states and school districts to improve student achievement. While increasing accountability, NCLBA also provided states and school districts with additional flexibility. The act established two flexibility demonstration programs--State- and Local-Flex--which allow up to 7 states and 80 scho...
School Meal Programs: Revenue and Expense Information from Selected States
GAO-03-569: Published: May 9, 2003. Publicly Released: May 9, 2003.
The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs provide millions of children with low-cost or free nutritious meals each school day. In school year 1996-97, the Department of Agriculture instituted more stringent requirements for the nutritional content of school meals. GAO was asked to study the school food service revenues and expenses and how they have changed since the requirements went into...
Title I: Although Definitions of Administrative Expenditures Vary, Almost All Districts Studied Spent Less Than 10 Percent on Administration
GAO-03-386: Published: Apr 7, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 2003.
Because of concern about school district spending on administration, Congress directed GAO in two separate mandates in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 to (1) examine how school districts defined and spent Title I funds on administrative activities and (2) review Title I expenditures in at least six school districts. In response to these mandates, we are reporting on (1) how five studies defi...
DOD Overseas Schools: Compensation Adequate for Recruiting and Retaining Well-Qualified Teachers
GAO-03-19: Published: Dec 12, 2002. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2002.
The Department of Defense (DOD) overseas schools educate more than 70,000 children of military service members and DOD civilian employees throughout the world. In order to ensure the continued success of this school system, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 directed GAO to assess whether the DOD overseas teachers' compensation package is adequate to recruit and retain qua...
Public Schools: Insufficient Research to Determine Effectiveness of Selected Private Education Companies
GAO-03-11: Published: Oct 29, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 2002.
In recent years, local school districts and traditional public schools have taken various initiatives to improve failing schools. School districts and charter schools are increasingly contracting with private, for-profit companies to provide a range of education and management services to schools. In the District of Columbia, some public schools contract with three such companies: Edison Schools...
Teacher Training Programs: Activities Underway to Improve Teacher Training, but Information Collected To Assess Accountability Has Limitations
GAO-03-197T: Published: Oct 9, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 9, 2002.
In 1998, the Congress amended the Higher Education Act (HEA) to enhance the quality of teaching in the classroom by improving training programs for prospective teachers and the qualifications of current teachers. This testimony focuses on two components of the legislation: one that provides grants and another, called the "accountability provisions," that requires collecting and reporting informati...
School Meal Programs: Estimated Costs for Three Administrative Processes at Selected Locations
GAO-02-944: Published: Sep 25, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2002.
Each school day, millions of children receive meals and snacks provided through the National School Lunch and National School Breakfast Programs. Any child at a participating school may purchase a meal through these school meal programs, and children from households that apply and meet established income guidelines can receive these meals free or at a reduced price. The federal government reimburs...
DCPS: Attorneys' Fees for Access to Special Education Opportunities
GAO-02-559R: Published: May 22, 2002. Publicly Released: May 22, 2002.
The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) has been unable to meet the obligation to its special education students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). By 1998, DCPS was experiencing serious problems in conducting timely hearings requested by parents under IDEA and in issuing final decisions within the required timelines. This resulted in many complaints and law suits...
Title I Funding: Poor Children Benefit Though Funding Per Poor Child Differs
GAO-02-242: Published: Jan 15, 2002. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2002.
The Title I program spends $8 billion each year on elementary and secondary education. Although state and local funds account for more than 90 percent of national education expenditures, Title I has been an important source of funding for many poor school districts and schools since 1965. In the 1999-2000 school year, Title I funds were targeted on the basis of numbers and percentages of poor chil...