The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit of two Idaho online charter schools, the Idaho Connections Academy and the Idaho Virtual Academy. OIG reviewed the schools’ oversight of program requirements including those for highly qualified teachers, Title I of The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). OIG found that despite the two schools’ adequate oversight of ESEA and IDEA, the Idaho Connections Academy had “significant weaknesses” in its compliance requirements for highly qualified teachers and its documentation of service delivery at-risk students and students with individualized education programs.
The President of the Los Angeles Board of Education stepped down after being found guilty of money laundering involving campaign donations. President Rodriguez was the first charter school operator to join the board of education and received more than $2 million from California Charter Schools Assn. Advocates (CCSA Advocates) during the election. He was backed by supporters that wanted to convert the public schools in Los Angeles County to a charter system.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its report on oversight in postsecondary schools, and provided recommendations to address gaps in oversight and communication in fiscal monitoring. GAO found that 450 of approximately 6,000 schools that participate in federal student aid programs did not receive a passing financial composite score. Additionally, a higher percentage of for-profit schools received non-passing scores than non-profit schools despite the U.S. Department of Education increasing oversight of schools owned by publicly traded companies and private equity firms.
In its report to Congressional Committees, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) detailed its assessment of tiered evidence grants. Tiered evidence grants are a new policy tool used by federal agencies to incorporate the effectiveness of evidence in grant making. Under this approach, agencies establish tiers of grant funding based on the level of evidence grantees provide on their models
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