Did you know
that while the state governments in all 50 states are responsible for
educating the students in their states, the Federal government has direct
responsibility for educating students in two school systems? That's right.
The Federal government operates education programs for the children of
U. S. military personnel stationed outside the United States. And, the
government's Office of Indian Education Programs (OIEP) in the Department
of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) funds and operates 185
elementary and secondary schools in 23 states for American Indian children
living on 63 reservations. BIA also operates two higher education institutions
and funds the operation of 25 Tribally Controlled Community Colleges.
When President Clinton
signed Executive Order 13096 on American Indian and Alaskan Native Education,
he committed his administration to upgrading educational systems to foster
improved American Indian student academic performance, and he promised
to implement measures that would reduce the high drop-out rate of American
Indian students - - both formidable challenges. To do this, the Executive
Order sets out six education goals, including expanding the use of educational
technology for the over 50,000 students in the BIA school system.