Category Archives: Education

The Report Card Is In

With back to school season in full swing, we thought we’d take a look at how the nation’s schools are measuring up. We’ve issued a number of reports recently on some serious challenges that confront students—particularly students facing suspension in … Continue reading

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Separate and Unequal?

Today, the nation marks the 63rd anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court case declaring that racially segregated schools are unconstitutional. On last year’s anniversary, we released a report examining race and poverty in schools. We … Continue reading

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Relief for Older Americans with Student Loans

An increasing number of older Americans have defaulted on their federal student loan debt. To recover this debt, the federal government can withhold a portion of Social Security payments—a process known as offsetting. A team led by Allison Bawden, a … Continue reading

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Student Loan Income-driven Repayment Plans (podcast)

Income-driven repayment (IDR) plans can help borrowers who are struggling to repay their student loans. These plans allow federal student loan borrowers to make lower payments over longer periods of time based on their income. At the end of the … Continue reading

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Back to School with GAO

As students return to school, some are facing more challenges than just catching the bus and doing homework. Today, the WatchBlog is testing your knowledge of some of the issues affecting the well-being of the nation’s school-age children.

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GAO for Your Reading Pleasure

Our reports make for great reads, but sometimes summer calls for lighter fare. For National Book Lovers Day, read about how our real-life work shows up in best sellers and lesser known books alike. Best sellers

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Customer Service for Federal Student Loan Borrowers (podcast)

The Department of Education issued almost $96 billion in higher education loans through its Direct Loan Program in fiscal year 2015. Under this program, students borrow from the federal government, but repay the loan through loan servicers under contract with … Continue reading

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Help for Those Who Help Provide Special Education

Since 1975, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has helped school-aged children with disabilities obtain an education. Last fiscal year, it helped nearly 7 million students participate in classes and engage in school-based activities. But are educators spending more time … Continue reading

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Addressing Sexual Abuse in Youth Sports Programs

Enrolling your child in a local soccer or other sports club is often a rite of passage, not to mention a great way for kids to meet friends and get some exercise. While many youth athletes have positive interactions with … Continue reading

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Federal Funding for Women in STEM

The federal government gives nearly $25 billion a year to universities to conduct cutting-edge research in science, technology, engineering, and math—commonly called STEM—fields. But studies show that women are still largely underrepresented in these fields. Given the underrepresentation, are the … Continue reading

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