State Department of Education’s Oversight of Homeless Program Is “Inadequate,” Auditor Says

The state government’s oversight of a homeless education program is woefully lacking, the state auditor reported November 7.

“Education is federally required to oversee the State’s homeless education program, but it has provided inadequate oversight and leadership,” the audit report stated. “It monitors this program in less than 1 percent of the nearly 2,300 LEAs [local education agencies] in the State each academic year. It does not effectively use the data it collects to identify and provide guidance to LEAs that may be underreporting the number of youth experiencing homelessness. It has not conducted a staffing analysis to identify additional resources needed to provide adequate oversight of LEAs’ homeless education programs.”

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