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ERIC Number: ED524264
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 82
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Recovery Act Education Programs: Funding Retained Teachers, but Education Could More Consistently Communicate Stabilization Monitoring Issues. Report to Congress. GAO-11-804
Scott, George A.
US Government Accountability Office
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) provided $70.3 billion for three education programs--the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF); Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Title I); and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B. One goal of the Recovery Act was to save and create jobs, and SFSF also requires states to report information expected to increase transparency and advance educational reform. This report responds to two ongoing US Government Accountability Office (GAO) mandates under the Recovery Act. It examines (1) how selected states and local recipients used the funds; (2) what plans the Department of Education (Education) and selected states have to assess the impact of the funds; (3) what approaches are being used to ensure accountability of the funds; and (4) how Education and states ensure the accuracy of recipient reported data. To conduct this review, GAO gathered information from 14 states and the District of Columbia, conducted a nationally representative survey of local educational agencies (LEA), interviewed Education officials, examined recipient reports, and reviewed relevant policy documents. GAO recommends that the Secretary of Education establish mechanisms to improve the consistency of communicating SFSF monitoring feedback to states. Education agreed with our recommendation. Appended are: (1) Objectives, Scope, and Methodology; (2) Drawdown Rates by Program; (3) Comments from the Department of Education; (4) Status of Prior Open Recommendations and Matters for Congressional Consideration; (5) GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments. (Contains 5 tables, 8 figures and 71 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act