Category Archives: Education

Racial Disparities in Education and the Role of Government

The death of George Floyd and other Black men and women has prompted demonstrations across the country and brought more attention to the issues of racial inequality. Over the past several years, GAO has been asked to examine various racial … Continue reading

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Education for Students with Disabilities

In 1970, only 1 in 5 children with disabilities was educated in a public school, and many states had laws that excluded children with certain disabilities from school. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act sought to change that by requiring … Continue reading

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Lead Safety at Home and in School

Exposure to lead can harm a child’s brain, growth, behavior, and ability to learn. No safe blood lead level in children has been identified, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common source of lead exposure … Continue reading

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Back to School with GAO

Across the nation, teachers are gearing up for the new school year, with tests at the ready to determine how well kids know their numbers and facts. Today, the WatchBlog is testing your knowledge of various topics affecting the nation’s … Continue reading

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Get ON the Internet and Do Your Homework!

These days, internet access is crucial for students both in and out of the classroom. “Underconnected” students—those with limited or no internet access at home—may have difficulty completing homework assignments. This puts them at risk of falling behind better-connected students. … Continue reading

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Educational Opportunities and Discipline Issues in Public Schools on the 65th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

On May 17, 1954, in its Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that state laws establishing “separate but equal” public schools for Blacks and Whites were unconstitutional. Sixty-five years later, race and … Continue reading

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Love is in the Air: A GAO Mixtape, Part 2

Today, we celebrate our love for you – and our work. Maybe you noticed this with our first Valentine’s Day mixtape last year? We Crush on providing you with objective, reliable information that helps the government save money and work … Continue reading

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Title IX and High School Sports: Facts and Findings 

Did you know that Title IX applies to high school sports, as well as college sports? Title IX’s complexities make it a program that is not very well understood. So, in honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day … Continue reading

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Colleges and Universities Rely Heavily on Contingent Faculty

It’s American Education Week and we’re reflecting on the changing employment landscape in colleges and universities. Not so long ago, for many, a faculty career in higher education came with expectations of steady income and almost unparalleled job security. While … Continue reading

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Federal STEM Education Programs

Education programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) play an important role in preparing students for careers in STEM fields and in enhancing the nation’s global competitiveness. On National STEM Day, today’s WatchBlog explores the federal government’s role in … Continue reading

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