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ERIC Number: ED533827
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 43
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
K-12 Education: Selected States and School Districts Cited Numerous Federal Requirements as Burdensome, While Recognizing Some Benefits. Report to Congressional Requesters. GAO-12-672
Scott, George A.
US Government Accountability Office
States and school districts receive funding through ESEA, IDEA, and national school meals programs. Some requirements for these programs are intended to help ensure program integrity and transparency, among other purposes, but questions have been raised about whether some federal requirements place an undue burden on states and school districts. GAO was asked to (1) describe federal requirements identified as the most burdensome by selected states and school districts and other stakeholders, (2) describe information states and school districts collect on the cost of complying with those requirements, and (3) assess federal efforts to reduce or eliminate burdensome requirements. We defined burdensome requirements as those that are viewed as complicated or duplicative, among other things. We interviewed officials in 3 states and 12 districts and obtained information on the costs to comply with selected requirements. While the results from these interviews are not generalizable, they provide insights into complying with federal requirements. We interviewed external education stakeholders and officials in the Departments of Education and Agriculture and the Office of Management and Budget. GAO recommends that the Secretary of Education take additional steps to address potentially duplicative reporting requirements, such as working with stakeholders to address their concerns, and develop legislative proposals to reduce unnecessarily burdensome statutory requirements. Education generally agreed with our recommendations. Appended are: (1) Description and Source of Requirements Identified as Burdensome by the State and School District Officials We Interviewed; (2) Comments from the U.S. Department of Education; and (3) GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures and 40 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act