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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
Tax credit scholarship (TCS) programs offer state tax credits to individuals or businesses that donate to scholarship funds for students to attend private elementary and secondary schools. Through these credits, donors may reduce the amount they owe in state taxes by the full or a partial amount of their donation, depending on each program's…
Descriptors: School Choice, Tax Credits, Scholarships, Donors
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