ERIC Number: ED049322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar-5
Reference Count: 0
Need to Improve Policies and Procedures for Approving Grants Under the Emergency School Assistance Program. Report to the Select Committee on Equal Educational Opportunity, United States Senate.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
At the request of the Senate Select Committee on Equal Educational Opportunity, the General Accounting Office (GAO) has reviewed the policies and procedures for the granting of Federal funds to school districts for desegregation. GAO selected grants made to 50 school districts for its review of approval procedures. In many cases, GAO believes that school districts did not submit sufficient information, so that it was difficult to determine whether or not the school districts' programs qualified for Federal desegregation funds. The files supporting most of the grants reviewed did not evidence full compliance by the school districts with the regulations concerning the formation of biracial and student advisory committees. Also, contrary to regulations, most of the applications did not contain adequate descriptions of the methods, procedures, or objective criteria that could be used by an independent organization to evaluate the effectiveness of each project. During the investigation, GAO discovered a number of questionable situations, in which Federal grants should not have been approved. This weakness in the procedures was due to the policy of emphasizing the emergency nature of the program and the desire for expeditious funding, at the expense of a more thorough review and evaluation of applications. (Author/JW)
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Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.