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ERIC Number: ED188810
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Apr-23
Reference Count: N/A
Should the Bureau of Indian Affairs Continue to Provide Educational Services to Indian Children? Report by the Comptroller General of the United States to the Chairman, Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
In six separate reports issued between 1972 and 1979, the General Accounting Office (GAO) reported that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has great difficulty in administering education programs and had failed to provide Indians a quality education. To bring about improvement, Congress enacted the Education Amendments of 1978, Title XI of which provided a framework for correcting the severe educational and management deficiencies which have thwarted the delivery of quality education to Indians. Responding to Title XI, the BIA has taken a number of positive steps, including (1) involving the Indian community in planning and implementing a new system of educational services, (2) giving the Director, Office of Indian Education Programs, responsibility for and authority over its education programs, (3) developing new education standards to deal with academic needs, cultural differences, language skills, geographic isolation, and pupil-teacher ratios, and (4) developing a new management information system to provide more reliable information for Indian education programs. In view of these and other positive steps, the GAO feels that a transfer of the Bureau's education programs to the Department of Education should not be considered for at least three to four years. This would give the BIA a chance to demonstrate whether its current efforts will improve the academic achievement levels of Indian students. (Author/DS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, American Indian Education, American Indians, Change Strategies, Decision Making, Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Improvement, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Government, Federal Programs, Financial Support, Government Role, Management Information Systems, Policy Formation
U.S. General Accounting Office, Distribution Section, Room 1518, 441 G Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20548 (single copies free, additional copies $1.00 each)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.