H.R. 3588 (107th): Academic Achievement Enhancement Act

107th Congress, 2001–2002. Text as of Dec 20, 2001 (Introduced).

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HR 3588 IH

107th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3588

To provide bonus funds to local educational agencies that adopt a policy to end social promotion.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 20, 2001

Mr. MALONEY of Connecticut introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce


A BILL

To provide bonus funds to local educational agencies that adopt a policy to end social promotion.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Academic Achievement Enhancement Act’.

SEC. 2. PROGRAM AUTHORIZED.

    (a) IN GENERAL-

      (1) BONUS AWARDS- The Secretary of Education is authorized to provide bonus awards described in subsection (b) to each eligible local educational agency that has adopted or adopts a policy to end social promotion.

      (2) ELIGIBILITY- To be eligible to receive bonus funds under this section, a local educational agency shall submit an application to the Secretary that provides assurances that the agency has adopted a policy to end social promotion. Such policy shall include the following criteria:

        (A) Standards that clearly define and specify the content that a student must master in order to be promoted to the next grade level.

        (B) A system in place that clearly measures or assesses a student’s progress in meeting standards.

        (C) A promotion policy that is based on demonstrated achievement in meeting the standards.

        (D) A system in place that monitors student achievement and can identify, in a timely fashion, a student who is struggling to meet the standards.

        (E) An effective intervention program and support services for a student who is identified as being at risk of failing.

    (b) BONUS AMOUNTS-

      (1) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraph (2) and except as provided in paragraph (3), a local educational agency that meets the requirements of subsection (a) shall receive a bonus award in an amount that equals 5 percent of the amount the agency received under section 1124 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 for the preceding fiscal year.

      (2) RATABLE REDUCTION-

        (A) REDUCTION OF FUNDS- If the sums made available under this Act for any fiscal year are insufficient to pay the full amounts that all local educational agencies are eligible to receive under paragraph (1) or paragraph (3) for such year, the Secretary shall ratably reduce the allotment to such agencies for such year.

        (B) INCREASE IN FUNDS- If additional funds become available for making payments under paragraph (1) for such fiscal year, allotments that were reduced under subparagraph (A) shall be increased on the same basis as such allotments were reduced.

      (3) MINIMUM AWARD- Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (1), each local educational agency that meets the requirements of subsection (a) shall receive an amount that is not less than $25,000.

SEC. 3. USES OF BONUS FUNDS.

    A local educational agency that receives a bonus award under this Act shall use such award to supplement the intervention and support programs for students identified as being at risk for failing which may include--

      (1) double-dose instruction;

      (2) weekend classes;

      (3) summer school classes;

      (4) extended day programs; and

      (5) tutoring.

SEC. 4. REPORTS.

    Each local educational agency that receives a bonus award under this Act shall submit to the Secretary a report that describes the effectiveness of programs established or enhanced as a result of a bonus award received under this Act.

SEC. 5. DEFINITIONS.

    For purposes of this Act:

      (1) The term ‘double-dose instruction’ means a class in a core subject that meets more frequently than the regularly scheduled class for such subject.

      (2) The term ‘Secretary’ means the Secretary of Education.