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Nowicki, Jacqueline M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2023
The Department of Education Charter Schools Program (CSP) provides grants to open or expand charter schools. Enrollment in charter schools that received CSP grants grew from 213,576 to 1,380,530 students from school years 2006-07 to 2020-21. This report examines (1) enrollment growth at new charter schools that received CSP grants compared to…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Grants, Enrollment Trends
Nowicki, Jacqueline M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2022
Since 2017, over 300 presidentially-declared major disasters have occurred across all 50 states and all U.S. territories. Many of these disasters have had devastating effects on K-12 schools, including those in socially vulnerable communities for whom disaster recovery is more challenging. The Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Emergency Programs, School Districts, Economically Disadvantaged
Nowicki, Jacqueline M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2021
Charter schools are public schools established under charters, typically with state or local entities. In return for more flexibility and autonomy, charter schools must meet specific accountability standards. This briefing from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) describes: (1) the challenges charter schools face when attempting to…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Charter Schools, Educational Facilities, Accountability
Nowicki, Jacqueline M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2020
National reports have raised concerns about the physical accessibility of public school facilities for people with disabilities. These facilities serve important roles as schools, voting locations, and emergency shelters, among other things. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to examine the physical accessibility of public school…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Students with Disabilities, Public Schools, Barriers
Nowicki, Jacqueline M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2020
More than 260 presidentially-declared major disasters have occurred since 2017, affecting every state and several U.S. territories, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Many of these natural disasters have had devastating effects, including rendering K-12 school facilities unusable for extended periods of time. These…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Elementary Secondary Education, School Closing
Nowicki, Jacqueline M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2020
States use their accountability systems to identify low-performing schools, which can receive added support and are expected to improve. Alternative schools serve students whose needs are not met in a regular school. They often serve at-risk students who are struggling academically or behaviorally. Given this unique population, the Government…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Assessment, Accountability, Nontraditional Education
Nowicki, Jacqueline M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2018
Research shows that students who experience discipline that removes them from the classroom are more likely to repeat a grade, drop out of school, and become involved in the juvenile justice system. This can result in decreased earning potential and added costs to society (lost tax revenue and incarceration). The Government Accountability Office…
Descriptors: Discipline, African American Students, Accountability, Elementary Secondary Education
Scott, George A. – US Government Accountability Office, 2012
The School Improvement Grant (SIG) program funds reforms in low performing schools. Congress provided $3.5 billion for SIG in fiscal year 2009, and a total of about $1.6 billion was appropriated in fiscal years 2010-2012. SIG requirements changed significantly in 2010. Many schools receiving SIG funds must now use the funding for specific…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Grants, Federal Programs, Program Implementation
Scott, George A. – US Government Accountability Office, 2011
Since the early 1990s, Congress has supplemented the Department of Education's (Education) Impact Aid program by providing funds for the Department of Defense's (DOD) Impact Aid program to compensate school districts with a high number of military dependent students. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 required GAO to…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Financial Support, Public Schools, School Districts
Ashby, Cornelia M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2010
Educational achievement of students can be negatively affected by their changing schools often. The recent economic downturn, with foreclosures and homelessness, may be increasing student mobility. To inform Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) reauthorization, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked: (1) What are…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Homeless People, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Programs
Kutz, Gregory D. – US Government Accountability Office, 2010
The Head Start program, overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services and administered by the Office of Head Start, provides child development services primarily to low-income families and their children. Federal law allows up to 10 percent of enrolled families to have incomes above 130 percent of the poverty line--GAO (Government…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Integrated Services, National Programs, Low Income Groups
Scott, George A. – US Government Accountability Office, 2010
Higher education has become more accessible than ever before, although students from some demographic groups still face challenges in attending college. To help improve access to higher education for minority and low-income students, Titles III and V of the Higher Education Act, as amended, provide grants to strengthen and support institutions…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Access to Education, Disadvantaged, Low Income
US Government Accountability Office, 2009
In 2005-2006, students with disabilities comprised 9 percent of the student population in the United States, and English language learners comprised about 10 percent. Many of these students spend a majority of their time in the general classroom setting in elementary and secondary schools. Most teachers are initially trained through teacher…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Special Needs Students