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Claims of better tribal school oversight draw lawmakers' skepticism

WASHINGTON — A Bureau of Indian Education official told lawmakers Feb. 14 that his agency is making strong improvements in the oversight of tribal schools, despite a long history of problems and proposed cuts to the bureau’s budget.

But BIE Director Tony Dearman’s testimony to a House Education and the Workforce subcommittee was criticized as ‘pretty naïve’ by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, who said the system’s $1.3 billion backlog of repairs, poorly allocated resources and other problems will not be helped by cuts to school and social programs.


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