Category Archives: Education

Governors Express Support for Early Childhood Education

While Congress has its hands full determining what to do with health care concerns and other issues making the headlines, the nation’s governors recently stressed that there is another topic that is just as important and desperately needs attention —…

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Sneak Preview: OIG Finds Charter School Oversight Weaknesses

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Single Audit Information Service.) Several offices within the Department of Education (ED) plan to establish a working group that will draft guidance on minimum levels of monitoring, risk assessment and…

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Educational Initiatives Launched To Help Benefit the Hispanic Community

This is a special time of year for the Hispanic community as the nation observes National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Several federal agencies, led by the White House, have launched initiatives to bolster this segment…

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ED Awards More Than $50M in Grants to Tribal Colleges, Universities

It’s early September and for most students across the country, that means it’s back to school time, not only for K-12 students, but those in higher education as well. With the help of some new federal grant funds, many tribal…

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Are Salad Bars in Schools a Fruitful Option?

Some legislative proposals on Capitol Hill make perfect sense, while others are definite head scratchers. And then there are some that, in theory, sound totally reasonable, but in practicality, maybe not so much. For example, let’s turn to a bill…

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Sneak Preview: Emphasis on Procurement Accountability Greater Now

(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The procurement of goods and services with federal funds is a major challenge for recipients and a growing concern for auditors, as grant recipients struggle to…

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Sneak Preview: Accurate Information Required for ESEA Waivers

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Single Audit Information Service.) State educational agencies (SEAs) submitting renewals this spring for provision waivers under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the No Child…

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Sneak Preview: Interior, BIE Aim To Improve Expenditure Oversight

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Department of the Interior (DOI) plans to develop written procedures for its Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) staff to better oversee expenditures within its major grant…

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PE Goes High-Tech With Help from ED Grant Fund

Ever heard of a “sports wall”? Until today, I hadn’t. And again, until today I had not realized how much physical education is changing in the nation’s schools. Thanks to the help of federal grant funds, PE is going more…

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Sneak Preview: New Manual Calls for Extra Reviews for Some LEAs

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Food and Nutrition Service has issued to state educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) the 2014 version of the Eligibility Manual for School Meals,…

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