GW WonkCast S2E11: American Indian Education

Join us as co-Host Katherine Lundie interviews Melissa Emrey-Arras, the Director of Education, Workforce, and Income Security at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), about the state of American Indian education from a program evaluation standpoint. The federal government runs 185 elementary and secondary schools in 23 states for American Indian children that serve over 40,000 students, primarily in rural and small town areas. While these schools can be more attune to culture with their course offerings, they also have lower test scores and graduation rates. Further, the GAO has found a severe lack of oversight both of classroom content and infrastructure. Listen to the interview to hear what caused the GAO to put the Bureau of Indian Education on its 2017 high risk list.

co-Hosts Gabe Moss, Jessica Blackband, and Katherine Lundie unpack the interview after. There is no Below the Fold this week.

Watch for upcoming Congressional hearings on the topic at the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs page.

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