Policy Audit on the Dominican Republic

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We are pleased to share with you PREAL’s Policy Audit, “Decentralization for a Quality Education: A Work in Progress” (in Spanish) that analyzes decentralization reforms in the Dominican Republic in light of that country’s 1997 Decentralization Law.

Produced by our Dominican partner, EDUCA, in collaboration with PREAL, the audit looks at the law’s legislative framework, implementation, financing, results, and transparency, particularly with respect to the decentralized education councils specified by the General Education Law.

The document notes that the number of district and school level councils rose between 2008 – 2012 and that the country has established clear budgeting mechanisms for the councils based on student enrollment.  However, challenges remain in monitoring how well the councils are functioning and their impact on student learning.