The U.S. Department of Education oversees the LCME. Public Law 96–88 of October 1979 authorizing the organization of the ED defined its mission. The following areas are considered ED’s purview:

  • Strengthen the federal commitment to ensuring access to equal educational opportunity for every individual.

  • Supplement and complement the efforts of states, the local school systems, other instrumentalities of the states, the private sector, public and private nonprofit educational research institutions, community-based organizations, parents, and students to improve the quality of education.

  • Encourage the increased involvement of the public, parents, and students in federal education programs.

  • Promote improvements in the quality and usefulness of education through federally supported research, evaluation, and sharing of information.

  • Improve the coordination of federal education programs.

  • Improve the management of federal education activities.

  • Increase the accountability of federal education programs to the president, Congress, and the public.

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