ACE Program Model for GAO
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The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) visited the Burnet County Consortium Afterschool Community Education (ACE) program sites at Highland Lakes Elementary and Marble Falls High School May 3rd.  The sites’ ACE programs were chosen for the visit to provide examples of exemplar program practices for the GAO to present to the Senate and House Appropriation Subcommittees with jurisdiction over the U.S. Department of Education.  Final findings from the study by the GAO will be presented to Congress sometime early next year.


“The GAO will visit several States over the course of their review and Texas is the first,” said Shana Hale, ACE Project Director.  “Our program was one of only four programs selected out of approximately seventy-four current Texas grantees.  The USDE’s 21st Century Community Learning Center program review is looking for model programs that met specific demographic criteria for them to visit.”

MFHS Students studying during ACE evening tutorials


For more information about the Burnet County Consortium Afterschool programs in Marble Falls ISD and Burnet CISD, visit:

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