Bureau of Indian Education: Challenges, Reform Proposals, Funding and Expenditure Issues

Wilson Fisher (Editor)

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU034000



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Unlike public schools, Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools receive almost all of their funding from federal sources. BIE directly operates about a third of its schools, and tribes operate two-thirds. BIE, within Interior’s office of Indian Affairs, oversees 185 schools, serving about 41,000 students on or near Indian reservations. BIE’s mission is to provide students with a quality education.

However, BIE student performance has been consistently below that of public school students, including other Indian students. This book examines how funding sources and expenditures of BIE schools compare to those of public schools; the extent to which BIE has the staff and expertise needed to oversee school expenditures; and the extent to which BIE’s processes for oversight adequately ensure that school funds are spent appropriately. (Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1 - Findings and Recommendations Prepared by the Bureau of Indian Education Study Group Submitted to the Secretaries of the Departments of the Interior and Education (pp. 1-78)
Bureau of Indian Education Study Group

Chapter 2 - Indian Affairs: Bureau of Indian Education Needs to Improve Oversight of School Spending (pp. 79-122)
United States Government Accountability Office


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