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ERIC Number: ED508578
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 35
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Federal Education Funding: Overview of K-12 and Early Childhood Education Programs. Report to Congressional Requesters. GAO-10-51
Scott, George A.
US Government Accountability Office
Over the last two decades there have been a number of efforts to catalogue and determine how much is spent on federal education programs. However, because education programs are administered by agencies throughout the federal government, and there is no standard definition of a federal education program, there currently is no single source that legislators and policymakers can refer to for an accounting of federal education programs. To address the interest in these issues, the author and his colleagues answered the following questions: (1) What is the federal expenditure on K-12 and early childhood education programs? (2) What are the characteristics of these programs? (3) To what extent have these programs completed evaluations? In summary, they reported the following findings: (1) The federal government provided an estimated $166.9 billion over the 3-year period from fiscal years 2006-2008--for an average of $55.6 billion per year--to administer 151 different federal K-12 and early childhood education programs; (2) Federal K-12 and early childhood education programs have a variety of goals, although serving disadvantaged populations was cited most frequently by survey respondents; and (3) Agencies reported that 65 of the 151 programs have completed program evaluations. In addition, of the 20 programs with the largest funding amounts, representing 90 percent of fiscal year 2006-2008 funding, 12 reported performing program evaluations, and 3 reported evaluations under way. Appendices include: (1) Briefing Slides; (2) Federal K-12 and Early Childhood Education Programs Funded in Fiscal Years 2006-2008 by Agency; (3) Federal K-12 and Early Childhood Education Programs Funded through the Recovery Act; and (4) Comments from the Department of Education. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I