Nelson resolution endorses removal of GDOE’s high risk status

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Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson has introduced a resolution in support of the Guam Department of Education’s request to be removed from U.S. DOE’s list of high-risk recipients of federal education funding.

As a result of the high risk designation the U.S. Department of Education has required Guam to hire a third party fiduciary agent to handle Guam DOE finances at an annual cost of roughly $2.5 million.

The department had been on high-risk status since 2003.

Resolution 249-35 was introduced ahead of a November meeting with U.S. DOE in Washington D.C. at which Guam DOE hopes that the high risk designation will be lifted.

A release issued by the Vice Speaker’s office quotes the senator as saying her resolution “is another step in the right direction as we work to ensure that the needs of the Guam Department of Education are being met.”

If the high risk designation is lifted, Nelson says “our taxpayer dollars will go wholeheartedly toward funding the hiring of more teachers, new walkway canopies, bathroom renovations, and most importantly, the quality education our children deserve.”