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Jacqueline M. Nowicki – US Government Accountability Office, 2024
In 2021-2022, Head Start served nearly 790,000 young children, primarily from low-income families. However, the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) estimates that far more children are eligible than can be served due to limited resources, heightening the importance of targeting services effectively. House Report 117-96 includes a…
Descriptors: Poverty, Enrollment Trends, Low Income Students, Social Services
Melissa Emrey-Arras – US Government Accountability Office, 2024
Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) play a prominent role in the nation's higher education system. For example, 574 HSIs enrolled over 2 million Hispanic students in the 2021-2022 school year, representing 60 percent of all Hispanic students in college. Like most colleges, HSIs must continue to invest in their facilities and digital…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Minority Serving Institutions, Higher Education, Educational Needs
Emrey-Arras, Melissa – US Government Accountability Office, 2023
In today's interconnected world, many career fields--such as diplomacy, national security, and business--need individuals with knowledge about world languages and cultures. To address these areas of needed expertise--both at the federal level as well as in the education, business, and nonprofit sectors--the Higher Education Act of 1965, as…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Employment Potential, Grants
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
House Report 116-450 includes a provision for the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report on Charter Schools Program (CSP) grants, with a particular focus on charter schools that eventually closed or never opened. This report examines the extent to which CSP-recipient schools stayed open or closed compared to non-recipient charter…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Charter Schools, Federal Aid, Educational Finance
Locke, Dawn – US Government Accountability Office, 2022
Career and technical education (CTE) programs offer students opportunities to explore potential careers while learning technical and employability skills. Education administers funds for these programs through the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). For fiscal year 2021, Congress authorized about $1.3…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Educational Strategies, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation
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
Emrey-Arras, Melissa – US Government Accountability Office, 2022
The Department of Education disbursed nearly $112 billion in financial aid to students through various grant and loan programs in fiscal year 2021. Colleges generally provide students information about the aid for which they are eligible in financial aid offers. Students use these offers to make key decisions, including which college to attend and…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Paying for College, Federal Aid, Best Practices
Emrey-Arras, Melissa – US Government Accountability Office, 2020
The Department of Education (Education) gives grants to schools and organizations that provide disadvantaged students with services to help them attend college. These eight grant programs are collectively known as "TRIO," named for the original three programs. Congress provides over $1 billion each year to these programs, but Education…
Descriptors: Grants, Access to Education, Higher Education, Disadvantaged Youth
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
Goodwin, Gretta L. – US Government Accountability Office, 2020
Federal and other studies have noted that exposure to violence and substance abuse make Native American youth susceptible to becoming involved with the justice system. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to examine federal and tribal efforts to address juvenile delinquency and the barriers tribes face in doing so. This report…
Descriptors: American Indians, Delinquency, Youth, Violence
Emrey-Arras, Melissa – US Government Accountability Office, 2019
Student parents face many challenges, including paying for child care, that can make it difficult for them to complete a degree. The federal government supports student parents through Education's Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program, which provides colleges funding for child care services, and federal student aid, which can…
Descriptors: Child Care, Parents, Student Financial Aid, Federal Aid
Emrey-Arras, Melissa – US Government Accountability Office, 2019
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA's) largest educational program. It provides payments for eligible veterans to cover tuition and fees, housing and other costs while they pursue a higher education. However, for some veterans this pursuit is interrupted when the school they attend unexpectedly closes. This testimony…
Descriptors: Veterans, Veterans Education, Federal Legislation, School Closing
Goodwin, Gretta L. – US Government Accountability Office, 2019
Incarcerated students are generally prohibited from receiving Pell grants, which provide need-based federal financial aid to low-income undergraduate students. However, Education has the authority to waive specific statutory or regulatory requirements for providing federal student aid at schools approved to participate in its experiments.…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Federal Aid
Nowicki, Jacqueline – US Government Accountability Office, 2019
The U.S. Department of Education (Education) plays a key role in supporting educational opportunities for K-12 students, including awarding grants and overseeing compliance with federal education laws. Over the past decade, Education's grant awards have generally increased in number and size. Using Education budget data, it was determined that in…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Program Evaluation, Federal Programs, Public Agencies
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