ERIC Number: ED455688
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Bilingual Education: Four Overlapping Programs Could Be Consolidated. Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, Restructuring and the District of Columbia, Committee on Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate.
Shaul, Marnie S.
This report evaluates how effectively four federally funded bilingual education block grant programs--Program Development and Implementation Grants, Program Enhancement Projects, Comprehensive School Grants, Systemwide Improvement Grants--used $163 million in fiscal year 2000 to serve children with limited English proficiency (LEP). There are four principle research questions: (1) How similar are the performance goals and measures, eligibility criteria, and allowable services among the four programs? (2) To what extent were the different kinds of grants made to the same types of schools or school districts and how were they used to provide the same services? (3) What is known about the effectiveness of thee programs? and (4) How can these programs be better coordinated and do opportunities exist for program consolidation and cost savings? Results include the following: (1) the four federal programs served similar grantees and funded similar services, but individual schools typically did not receive funding from more than one program; (2) the effectiveness of bilingual programs on a national level is unknown; and (3) consolidation of these programs offers little federal cost savings but may improve efficiency. Overall, it would be possible for a single federal program to address all these needs so long as it had adequate flexibility. Several data-rich tables and figures are provided. (KFT)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Block Grants, Cost Effectiveness, Data Analysis, English (Second Language), Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Program Administration, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: United States