ERIC Number: ED371061
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-14
Reference Count: N/A
Immigrant Education. Federal Funding Has Not Kept Pace with Student Increases. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Education, Arts, and the Humanities, Committee on Labor and Human Resources, U.S. Senate.
Morra, Linda G.
The statement by Linda G. Morra, Director of Education and Employment Issues in the Health, Education, and Human Services Division, discusses the agency's work on immigrant education and the Emergency Immigrant Education Act (EIEA) Program. The nation's ability to meet its educational goals increasingly depends on its ability to educate immigrant children. More than 2 million immigrant students enrolled in the nation's schools in the last decade, and this growth has increased the financial burden of many school districts. At the same time, contributions under the EIEA have gradually lessened as congressional appropriations have not grown. The General Accounting Office estimates that, of the 700,000 students who have been in our nation's schools less than 3 years, nearly 85 percent are in schools receiving EIEA grants, representing 529 school districts. These districts used about 80 percent of their funds to pay for academic instructional programs, with the balance used for testing, counseling, parent involvement, and administration. Proposed legislative revisions about EIEA funding must be considered in the difficult context of balancing the funds available with areas of greatest need. One figure illustrates the discussion. A list of eight related Government Accounting Office documents is attached. (SLD)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Children, Counseling, Educational Finance, Educational Objectives, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Grants, Immigrants, Parent Participation, School Districts, Trend Analysis
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy free; additional copies $2 each).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.