Sets forth title IV part A provisions for State grants for drug and violence prevention programs.
Revises requirements for reservations and allotments.
Prohibits outlying areas from consolidating SDFSC funds with other Federal education funds.
Requires State applications to be jointly submitted by the SEA and Governor and to include descriptions of:
(1) procedures the SEA will use for reviewing applications and awarding funds to LEAs competitively, based on need and quality of the ESEA, those the SEA will use for reviewing applications and awarding funds to LEAs non-competitively, based on need and quality;
(2) procedures the Governor will use for reviewing applications and awarding funds to eligible applicants competitively, based on need and quality;
(3) SEA's and Governor's proposed use of funds reserved for coordinated capacity-building, technical assistance, and program accountability services and activities at the State and local levels; and
(4) proposed SEA technical assistance for LEAs not receiving SDFSC State grant funds to improve their programs.
Requires part A funds to be used for SEA and LEA programs and activities designed to create and maintain drug-free, safe, and orderly learning environments for learning in and around schools.
Requires SEAs to reserve between ten percent and 20 percent of their part A allocations for State-level activities.
Authorizes SEAs to use such reserved funds to plan, develop, and implement, jointly with the Governor, capacity building and technical assistance and accountability services to support the effective implementation of local drug and violence prevention activities throughout the State and promote program accountability and improvement.
Revises provisions for State administrative costs.
Authorizes SEAs and Governors to provide emergency intervention services to schools and communities following a traumatic crisis, such as a shooting or major accident that has disrupted the learning environment.
Requires SEAs to:
(1) use at least 80 percent of part A funds for local-level activities;
(2) use at least 70 percent of their total SDFSC State grant funding for competitive awards to LEAs that the SEA determines have need for assistance;
(3) base their competition on the quality of an LEA's proposed program and how closely it is aligned with specified principles of effectiveness;
(4) make competitive awards to no more than 50 percent of the LEAs in the State, with certain exceptions; and
(5) make their competitive awards to LEAs of sufficient size to support high-quality, effective programs and activities that are designed to create safe, disciplined, and drug- free learning environments in schools, and that are consistent with the needs, goals, and objectives identified in the State's plan.
Allows SEAs to use up to ten percent of their total SDFSC State grant funding for non-competitive awards to LEAs with the greatest need for assistance that did not receive a competitive award.
Requires, in order for an SEA to make a non-competitive award to an LEA, the SEA must assist the LEA in meeting the information requirements pertaining to LEA needs assessment, results-based performance measures, comprehensive safe and drug-free schools plan, evaluation plan, and assurances, and provide continuing technical assistance to the LEA to build its capacity to develop and implement high-quality, effective programs.
Sets forth authorized services and activities of local drug and violence prevention programs.
Requires each LEA receiving SDFSC funding to use such funds to support research-based drug and violence prevention services and activities consistent with specified principles of effectiveness.
Allows an LEA to use such funds for additional activities other than research-based programming, under specified conditions.
Authorizes SEAs to waive, under certain conditions, a 20 percent cap on SDFSC subgrant funds that LEAs may spend for the acquisition or use of metal detectors and security personnel.
Requires Governors to:
(1) use Governor's Programs funds (20 percent of the State allocation) to support community efforts that directly complement the efforts of LEAs to foster drug-free, safe, and orderly learning environments for learning in and around schools;
(2) reserve between ten percent and 20 percent of their allocations for State-level activities to plan, develop, and implement, jointly with the SEA, capacity building, technical assistance, and accountability services to support the effective implementation of local drug and violence prevention activities throughout the State and promote program accountability and improvement;
(3) use at least 80 percent of SDFSC State grant funding to make competitive subgrants to community-based organizations, LEAs, and other public entities and private non-profit organizations to support community efforts that directly complement the efforts of LEAs to foster drug-free, safe, and orderly learning environments in and around schools; and
(4) base competition for subgrants on the quality of the applicant's proposed program and how closely it is aligned with the principles of effectiveness, and on objective criteria, determined by the Governor, on the needs of the schools or LEAs to be served.
Allows subgrants made by Governors to support community efforts on a Statewide, regional, or local basis and the efforts of LEAs and schools that do not receive subgrants.
Allows use of such funds to support research-based drug and violence prevention services and activities consistent with the principles of effectiveness, and for additional activities other than research-based programming, under specified conditions.
Revises local application requirements to emphasize the applicant's need for assistance and the quality of its proposed programming.
Requires each applicant LEA for SEA competitive and formula grants to include assurances that it:
(1) has a policy, consistent with State law, that requires the expulsion of students who possess a firearm at school consistent with the Gun-Free Schools Act;
(2) has, or will have, a full- or part-time program coordinator whose primary responsibility is planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating the applicant's programs (unless the applicant demonstrates in its application, to the satisfaction of the SEA, that such a program coordinator is not needed);
(3) will evaluate its program every two years to assess its progress toward meeting its goals and objectives, and will use the results of its evaluation to improve its program and refine its goals and objectives, as needed; and
(4) has, or the schools to be served have, a comprehensive Safe and Drug-Free Schools plan that includes specified elements.
Requires any eligible entity that applies to the Governor for a subgrant to include in its application:
(1) a description of how the services and activities to be supported will be coordinated with relevant SDFSC State grant programs that are supported by SEAs, including how recipients will share resources, services, and data;
(2) a description of how the applicant will coordinate its activities under this part with those implemented under the Drug-Free Communities Act, if any; and
(3) an assurance that it will evaluate its program every two years to assess its progress toward meeting its goals and objectives, and will use the results of its evaluation to improve its program and refine its goals and objectives as needed (if the applicant is not an LEA, or other specified assurances if the applicant is an LEA). Requires SEAs to use a peer review process, but allows Governors to use other methods, for reviewing local applications to ensure that SDFSC subgrants are made on the basis of need and quality.
Revises national evaluation and data collection requirements under title IV. Directs the Secretary and the Attorney General to publish an annual report on school safety.
Revises the State and local report requirements to focus on progress toward attaining performance indicators for achieving drug-free, safe, and orderly learning environments in schools.
Requires States to report to the Secretary all school-related suicides and homicides within the State within 30 days of the incident.
Requires LEAs to report to SEAs any problems in SDFSC program implementation that warrant provision of SEA technical assistance.
Requires SEAs to:
(1) review annual LEA reports; and
(2) terminate funding for the second or third year of an LEA's program unless the LEA is making reasonable progress toward meeting its objectives.
Sets forth annual progress report and program funding review requirements for Governor's award recipients.
Sets forth title IV part B provisions for National Programs. Revises the list of authorized national program activities.
Authorizes the Secretary to carry out programs for students that promote lifelong physical activity.
Establishes a title IV part C program, School Emergency Response to Violence (Project SERV), to provide education-related services to LEAs in which the learning environment has been disrupted due to a violent or traumatic crisis, such as a shooting or major accident.
Authorizes the Secretary to carry out Project SERV directly, through contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements with public and private organizations, agencies, and individuals, or through agreements with other Federal agencies.
Sets forth authorized activities under Project SERV. Directs the Secretary to establish criteria and application requirements as may be needed to select which LEAs are assisted under Project SERV. Authorizes the Secretary to establish reporting requirements for uniform data and other information from all LEAs assisted under Project SERV. Requires the establishment of a Federal Coordinating Committee on school crises, to coordinate the Federal responses to crises that occur in schools or directly affect the learning environment in schools.
Requires the Committee to be composed of the Secretary (who shall serve as Chair), the Attorney General, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and such other members as the Secretary shall determine.
Gun-Free Schools Act - Revises and transfers to ESEA title IV part D the provisions of the Gun-Free Schools Act (currently under ESEA title XIV part F). Requires each State receiving Federal funds under ESEA to have in effect a State law that:
(1) requires LEAs to expel from school, for a period of not less than one year, a student who is determined to have possessed a firearm at school under the jurisdiction of the LEA in that State; and
(2) allows the chief administering officer of that LEA to modify the expulsion requirement for a student on a case-by-case basis.
Sets forth local and State reporting requirements.
Prohibits awarding ESEA funds to any LEA unless it has a policy ensuring that:
(1) any student who possesses a firearm at a school served by such agency is referred to the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system;
(2) students who possess a firearm at school are referred to mental health professionals for assessment as to whether they pose an imminent threat of harm to themselves or others and need appropriate mental health services before readmission to school; and
(2) any student determined to pose such a threat receives appropriate mental health services, in addition to other services, before being permitted to return to school.
Requires drug prevention programs supported under title IV ESEA convey a clear and consistent message that the illegal use of alcohol and other drugs is wrong and harmful.
Prohibits the Secretary from prescribing the use of particular curricula for programs under title IV ESEA, but allows the Secretary to evaluate and disseminate information about the effectiveness of such curricula and programs.
Prohibits use of title IV ESEA funds for:
(1) construction (except for minor remodeling needed to accomplish the purposes of this part); and
(2) medical services, drug treatment or rehabilitation, except for pupil services or referral to treatment for students who are victims of, or witnesses to, crime or who use alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.
Sets forth a requirement for Drug-Free, Alcohol-Free, and Tobacco-Free Schools. Requires each SEA and LEA that receives title IV ESEA funds to have a policy that prohibits possession or use of tobacco, and the illegal use of drugs or alcohol, in any form, at any time, and by any person, in school buildings, on school grounds, or at any school-sponsored event.
Requires LEA applications to include an assurance of compliance with such requirement.
Requires annual SEA reports to the Secretary if any LEAs are not in compliance with such requirement.
Requires that title IV funds supplement, not supplant, State, local, and other non-Federal funds.