NCAI: Bush setting BIA schools up for failure
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President Bush's proposal to outsource tribal schools to private entities sets them up for failure, a National Congress of American Indians official told Jodi Rave of The Lincoln Journal Star.

The fiscal year 2003 budget calls for removing low-performing schools from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and handing them to private entities. Aura Kanegis, NCAI's governmental affairs director, in particular said the $11.9 million dedicated to advance the effort is troublesome.

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Indian Affairs budget request up $22 million (The Lincoln Journal Star 2/5)

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Interior Budget in Brief [DOI] | Budget Highlights: Service to American Indians [DOI] | Budget Highlights: Bureau of Indian Affairs [DOI] | Interior Overview [OMB] | Interior Details [OMB]

Related Report:
BIA and DOD Schools: Student Achievement and Other Characteristics Often Differ from Public Schools' (GAO-01-934)

Relevant Links:
Office of Indian Education Programs, BIA -
Indian School Report Cards, BIA -
National Indian Education Association -

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