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ERIC Number: ED513815
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 54
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Charter Schools: Education Could Do More to Assist Charter Schools with Applying for Discretionary Grants. Report to Congressional Requesters. GAO-11-89
Ashby, Cornelia M.
US Government Accountability Office
The number of charter schools is growing, spurred by demand for innovation and federal incentives, such as the Race to the Top Fund, which favors states supportive of charter schools. However, states often define charter schools differently than traditional public schools. Some charter schools operate as a school district, while others are part of a school district and some are for-profit entities. These differences could complicate eligibility determination for federal administrators. GAO was asked: (1) To what extent do charter schools apply for federal discretionary grant programs and what challenges do they face, if any, in doing so? (2) What role has the U.S. Department of Education played in helping charter schools establish their eligibility for federal discretionary grant programs? GAO identified grant programs governmentwide for which charter schools are eligible to apply, surveyed a stratified random sample of charter school officials, and interviewed federal agency officials. We also visited charter schools, school districts, charter school associations, and state educational agencies in 3 states. GAO recommends that Education clarify grant opportunities for charter schools, highlight charter schools' eligibility in relevant grant announcements, and post its grant application guidance for charter schools on its Web site. Education agreed with our recommendations. Appended are: (1) Scope and Methodology; (2) Federal Discretionary Grant Programs for which Charter Schools Are Potentially Eligible; (3) Comments from the Department of Education; and (4) GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments. (Contains 9 tables, 6 figures and 20 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office