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The Department of Defense manages a school system that provides prekindergarten through 12th grade education—primarily for the children of military service members and other DOD employees.
We reviewed academic achievement at these schools for the 4th and 8th grades.
Natural disasters can be devastating for K-12 schools—especially in areas where people were already vulnerable.
Most school districts that received key federal recovery grants in the wake of 2017-2019 disasters had higher than average proportions of students from socially vulnerable groups (e.
Each year, millions of K-12 students experience hostile behaviors like bullying, hate speech, hate crimes, or assault. In school year 2018-19, about 1.3 million students, ages 12 to 18, were bullied for their race, religion, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased use of remote education, K-12 schools across the nation have increasingly reported ransomware and other types of cyberattacks.
Federal agencies offer products and services to help schools prevent and respond to cyberattacks.
When a college closes, students can be left with loans, no degree, and no path forward. Some of those students may be eligible for federal student loan forgiveness through a "closed school discharge" from the Department of Education.
Staffing levels at the Office of Federal Student Aid—the largest consumer lender in the country—have not kept pace with its growing student loan portfolio. We found that from FYs 2010-2019 borrowers increased almost 150%, but the office's staff increased 6%.
Certain nurses who agree to work in facilities with critical nurse shortages may receive loan repayments through a federal program. A requirement to work at nonprofits to qualify was dropped in 2020.
What have been the effects of eliminating this restriction?
It's too early to tell.
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers education benefits, like tuition coverage, to veterans through the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Veteran Readiness & Employment program, which helps veterans with disabilities re-enter the workforce, can also provide education benefits.
Each year, we make more than 1,000 recommendations to help improve the federal government. We alert department heads to where they can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve government operations.