H.R. 3343 (111th): Keeping PACE Act

111th Congress, 2009–2010. Text as of Jul 24, 2009 (Introduced).

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111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3343

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 24, 2009

(for himself, Mr. Kildee, and Mr. Scott of Virginia) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor

A BILL

To amend title V of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to encourage and support parent, family, and community involvement in schools, to provide needed integrated services and comprehensive supports to children, and to ensure that schools are centers of communities, for the ultimate goal of assisting students to stay in school, become successful learners, and improve academic achievement.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Keeping Parents and Communities Engaged Act or the Keeping PACE Act.

2.

Findings

Congress finds the following:

(1)

Research studies consistently show a positive relationship between parental involvement and student achievement. This relationship holds across families of all economic, racial/ethnic, and educational backgrounds and for students of all ages.

(2)

Educators recognize, on the basis of social science and common experience, that effective parental and community involvement is a critical element in children's academic and social development. Poverty, limited English proficiency, and varying cultural expectations are among the biggest barriers to effective parental involvement in schools.

(3)

Schools with effective parent and community involvement activities provide bridges between parents, community-based organizations, and schools to improve communication, information sharing, services, and comprehensive supports for children and families.

(4)

Educational research suggests that student achievement improves in environments where learning is a community value, and where schools have the ability to address a broad range of educational needs for all students, such as in full-service community schools.

(5)

Cross-sector community engagement of businesses, institutions of higher education, philanthropic organizations, school boards, family and care organizations, neighborhood and service organizations, after-school providers, and community-based organizations, is essential if schools are to ensure that all children meet college and work-ready standards.

(6)

More than 1,000,000 of the students who enter ninth grade do not receive a high school diploma 4 years later and approximately 7,000 students drop out of school each day, including a significant percentage of students with the potential of high academic achievement.

(7)

Integrated services and comprehensive supports, including after-school and other services, are necessary components of effective, school-based efforts to dramatically affect dropout prevention rates, increase graduation rates, and improve student achievement. In one national study, 98 percent of students receiving such services and supports stayed in school, 89 percent had fewer suspensions, and 85 percent of eligible seniors graduated.

3.

Outreach and coordination

(a)

In General

Title V of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7201 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

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Parent and community outreach and engagement

5700.

Grants authorized

(a)

In General

The Secretary shall award grants to States to enable the States to award subgrants—

(1)

on a competitive basis, to local educational agencies that receive assistance under part A of title I to enable such agencies to assist public elementary schools and public secondary schools served by such agencies to hire and maintain Parent and Community Outreach Coordinators, pursuant to subpart 1;

(2)

on a competitive basis, to eligible entities to provide necessary integrated services and comprehensive supports to students and schools, pursuant to subpart 2; and

(3)

to eligible entities to create schools as centers of communities, pursuant to subpart 3.

(b)

Application

A State that desires to receive a grant under this section shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and accompanied by such information as the Secretary may require, including the following:

(1)

A description of the State's need to engage parents and the community in students' education, as described in subpart 1.

(2)

A description of the State's need for community-based resources to address student and family needs.

(3)

A description of the progress a State is seeking relating to the indicators outlined in section 5707(b).

(4)

A description of the State's capacity and resources across multiple State agencies to integrate their existing State and Federal (managed by the State) programs with local educational agencies, schools, and community-based organizations.

5700A.

National activities

The Secretary is authorized to enter into a contract with a nonprofit organization with a demonstrated record of effectiveness and extensive national, State, and local experience in providing effective integrated student supports in order to ensure accountability in the execution of subparts 1 and 2. Such nonprofit organization shall be responsible for—

(1)

providing technical assistance and training to grantees and subgrantees to promote the effectiveness of the programs assisted under this part in improving the coordination, availability, delivery, and effectiveness of integrated services and comprehensive supports for children and families; and

(2)

establishing a national clearinghouse for the collection and dissemination of information on effective parent, family, and community engagement practices and programs, which information shall be disseminated to State educational agencies and made available to local educational agencies, schools, and community-based organizations.

5700B.

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this part $260,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2010 through 2014, of which—

(1)

50 percent shall be used to carry out subpart 1;

(2)

30 percent shall be used to carry out subpart 2; and

(3)

20 percent shall be used to carry out subpart 3.

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Parent and Community Outreach Coordinators

5701.

Purpose

The purpose of this subpart is to provide support, through competitive subgrants, to schools who may work in conjunction with a community-based organization, to hire and maintain Parent and Community Outreach Coordinators to—

(1)

ensure that families and communities participate in the education of their children and become an integral part of the school climate and culture;

(2)

enable principals and teachers to complement and enrich efforts to help all children make learning gains, prepare for graduation, and plan for their futures through parent and community involvement activities that include educational, family, and financial planning necessary to make postsecondary education a reality; and

(3)

act as a liaison with other coordinators from Federal, State, local, and private programs that serve the school, including community school coordinators, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, school health coordinators, and violence prevention coordinators, as appropriate.

5702.

Subgrants authorized

A State that receives a grant under section 5700 shall award subgrants, on a competitive basis, to local educational agencies that receive assistance under part A of title I to enable such agencies to assist public elementary schools and public secondary schools served by such agencies to hire and maintain Parent and Community Outreach Coordinators.

5703.

Application

(a)

In General

A local educational agency that desires to receive a subgrant under this subpart shall submit an application to the State at such time, in such manner, and accompanied by such information as the State may require.

(b)

Contents

An application submitted pursuant to subsection (a) shall include the following:

(1)

A description of the schools to be assisted by the local educational agency under this subpart.

(2)

The current state of family and community engagement in the schools, including a description of the ways in which families and communities are engaged during the school day, before school, and during after school and summer hours.

(3)

The particular family and community outreach needs identified by the schools, parents, families, and community-based organizations.

(4)

A workplan to address the needs identified in paragraph (3).

(5)

A description of the desired progress of the local educational agency related to the indicators outlined in section 5707(b).

(6)

A description of the capacity of the schools for measuring school-specific outcomes of the work provided by the Parent and Community Outreach Coordinators.

(7)

A description of the capacity of the schools for supporting a position of Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator by providing space and adequate resources.

(8)

A description of how the activities supported with funds under this subpart will be coordinated with the programs and activities carried out by the local educational agency pursuant to section 1118, including whether such activities will be supported with funds provided under title I.

5704.

Awarding of subgrants

(a)

Priority

In awarding subgrants under this subpart, a State shall give priority to applications—

(1)

proposing to target high-need schools—

(A)

with the highest proportions of students from low-income families; and

(B)

with a large percentage of students who fail to meet the State's challenging student academic achievement standards, as assessed pursuant to section 1111(b)(3); and

(2)

submitted by local educational agencies describing a partnership structure that delineates how the local educational agency, community-based organizations, local government, institutions of higher education, and other key institutions will come together to support a common vision, defined results, and measures of effectiveness, with clear roles and responsibilities, and a plan for serving multiple schools.

(b)

Duration of Subgrant

Each subgrant awarded under this subpart shall be for a period of 5 years.

5705.

Screening and evaluation committee

(a)

Establishment

A school receiving assistance under this subpart shall establish a screening and evaluation committee that shall consist of the following members:

(1)

The school principal or headmaster.

(2)

Two parents of students enrolled at the school.

(3)

A teacher who teaches at the school.

(4)

One paraprofessional at the school.

(5)

Community partners.

(6)

The superintendent of the school or a designee of the superintendent.

(b)

Hiring

A school that receives assistance under this subpart shall hire, based on the recommendation of the screening and evaluation committee, a Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator.

(c)

Oversight and Evaluation

The screening and evaluation committee shall prepare and submit an evaluation to the local educational agency on an annual basis regarding the performance of the Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator based on the indicators of effectiveness described in section 5707(b). The local educational agency shall submit such report to the Secretary.

5706.

Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator

(a)

In General

A Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator hired pursuant to section 5705 shall—

(1)

provide leadership in building relationships, bridging gaps, and facilitating the creation of partnerships among school staff, families, and community members; and

(2)

provide support and resources—

(A)

to increase participation of family and community members in the school; and

(B)

in support of all children's learning, including those children meeting or exceeding academic achievement standards (as assessed pursuant to section 1111(b)(3)).

(b)

Responsibilities

Each Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator shall—

(1)

implement a family needs and parent involvement assessment at the school that includes goals and suggestions on how to improve family and parental involvement in the school, with particular attention to the needs of low-income families, limited-English proficient families, families living in rural areas, families with children in either the child welfare system or juvenile justice system, families experiencing homelessness, and families whose children may have special development needs;

(2)

develop an individual workplan that includes an overall family and parental engagement action plan for the school, which shall include a description of the community resources that will be brought into schools as well as a strategy for connecting students and families with resources available within the community;

(3)

establish and maintain consistent, effective, and timely communication with families especially low-income, limited English proficient, and minority families in a variety of ways;

(4)

work with the principal or headmaster of the school and school staff to establish an environment in which families feel safe, welcome, and free to voice their opinions;

(5)

act as an advocate and liaison to assist parents and school staff to resolve issues at the school and district levels;

(6)

work with other Federal, State, local, and private partners to develop and implement activities, programs, and training aimed at assisting families to support student learning needs and postsecondary education planning;

(7)

create, organize, strengthen, and support a school parent council (which may include a school parent teacher association) that is representative of the school community;

(8)

work with the principal to engage parents in school-based decisionmaking bodies, including recruiting nontraditional parents and providing training and support to parents participating in such an entity;

(9)

as appropriate, participate in the school's school improvement process and development of school improvement plans;

(10)

take part in ongoing training and professional development which may be provided by community-based organizations and other staff serving at the local educational agency that serves the school;

(11)

have the ability to relate to students as a caring adult; and

(12)

carry out other duties specifically related to the engagement of families and the community as designated by the principal or headmaster of the school.

5707.

Evaluations

(a)

In General

Each Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator shall—

(1)

be directly supervised and evaluated by the principal or headmaster of the school on a regular basis; and

(2)

be evaluated on an annual basis by the school's screening and evaluation committee established under section 5705 in order to determine the effectiveness of the Coordinator.

(b)

Effectiveness

Each screening and evaluation committee shall work with the local educational agency and the Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator to identify indicators of success related to the activities supported under this subpart, and to develop baseline data and evaluate progress on such indicators, which may include—

(1)

student achievement as measured by assessment data, classroom grades, and participation in programs and services for gifted and talented students;

(2)

student attendance rates;

(3)

graduation rates;

(4)

lower mobility rates;

(5)

lower dropout rates;

(6)

fewer detentions, suspensions, and expulsions;

(7)

postsecondary education attendance;

(8)

a school environment in which parents, community members, and all school visitors are greeted with respect and courtesy;

(9)

the degree of communication between schools and families, including personal interaction, school visits, home visits, telephone calls, and publications;

(10)

the degree of participation in parent-teacher conferences, open houses, family nights, and other school-based activities;

(11)

the degree of school-wide awareness and completion of home-school compacts;

(12)

the frequency of ongoing workshops, training, and other events that provide families with tools to support their child's learning at home and enable planning for postsecondary education experiences; and

(13)

ability to relate to students as a caring adult.

(c)

Basis for Evaluations

In evaluating a Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator under this section, the screening and evaluation committee shall base such evaluation on case studies, interviews, and outcomes based on the indicators described in subsection (b).

5708.

Report

An eligible entity that receives a subgrant under this subpart shall submit a biennial report to the Secretary regarding activities conducted by such entity with subgrant funds received under this subpart.

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Connecting students to community resources and comprehensive supports

5721.

Purpose

The purpose of this subpart is to provide support, through competitive subgrants, to eligible entities to—

(1)

improve the coordination, availability, delivery, and effectiveness of integrated services and comprehensive supports for children and families; and

(2)

act as a liaison with other organizations in order to assist public schools in providing children and families the integrated services and comprehensive supports needed to improve the learning of children and their ability to plan for postsecondary educational opportunities, such as health, employment, mentor/tutor, and human services, enrichment and accelerated learning opportunities, before and after-school programs, and recreation, and related assistance.

5722.

Eligible entity

In this subpart, the term eligible entity means 1 or more community-based organizations in partnership with public schools.

5723.

Subgrants authorized

A State that receives a grant under section 5700 shall award subgrants, on a competitive basis, to an eligible entity to connect integrated services and comprehensive supports to students and families in order to enhance student learning and outcomes, by—

(1)

conducting an assessment of student and family needs in schools;

(2)

assessing the availability and quality of learning opportunities beyond the classroom, including service-learning opportunities;

(3)

linking needed integrated services and comprehensive supports to children, their families, and their public schools, and evaluating the impact of such services and supports once the services and supports are provided;

(4)

enhancing the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of students; and

(5)

providing training and support related to integrated services and comprehensive supports for staff, teachers, and, as appropriate, Parent and Community Outreach Coordinators in such public schools.

5724.

Application

(a)

In general

An eligible entity that desires to receive a subgrant under this subpart shall submit an application to the State at such time, in such manner, and accompanied by such information as the State may require.

(b)

Contents

An application submitted under subsection (a) shall include the following:

(1)

A description of the public schools to be assisted by the school or community-based organization, their performance with respect to other State performance criteria, and a description of their student populations (including demographics).

(2)

A memorandum of understanding between the public school and the community-based organization that explains how they will work to effectively coordinate the provision of integrated services and comprehensive supports to students within the public school (and with after-school and extended day programs and services, if applicable), the objectives that they expect to achieve, the educational research bases that will guide the provision of student integrated services and comprehensive supports in meeting their objectives, and the capacity of the community partner to meet their objectives.

(3)

A description of how the community-based organization plans to build and improve on the current state of community involvement to increase support and ownership of the integrated services and comprehensive supports designed to enhance student learning outcomes, including the measures of progress and desired results related to students and families.

(4)

The particular student needs to be addressed through integrated services and comprehensive supports and the organizations able to provide integrated services and comprehensive supports to meet those needs, including intellectual, social, emotional, and physical well-being, and other academic and non-academic needs related to student learning, including planning for college or other postsecondary education options.

(5)

A draft work plan regarding the provision of integrated services and comprehensive supports, including a description of—

(A)

the role of the public school principal and staff, including the Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator, if applicable, in the management of the provision of integrated services and comprehensive supports;

(B)

how the community-based organization will efficiently manage and leverage non-Federal resources (which may include in-kind resources) to meet identified student needs;

(C)

plans to track student performance along with integrated services and comprehensive supports provided to students over time, including plans to integrate the community-based organization's data reporting with the public school’s data systems;

(D)

criteria by which the eligible entity will evaluate the effectiveness of services and comprehensive supports provided to students, including a description of the proposed measurements used to evaluate the impact of such services and supports on the academic achievement of students; and

(E)

plans to leverage other non-Federal resources (which may include in-kind resources) to support integrated services and comprehensive supports.

(6)

Assurances that activities supported with funds under this subpart will be coordinated with the programs and activities carried out by the public school pursuant to section 1118.

5725.

Awarding of subgrants

(a)

Priority

In awarding subgrants under this subpart, a State shall give priority to applications—

(1)

proposing integrated services and comprehensive supports to high-need public schools—

(A)

with the highest proportions of students from low-income families; and

(B)

with a large percentage of students who fail to meet the State's challenging student academic achievement standards, as assessed pursuant to section 1111(b)(3); and

(2)

that include a partnership structure that delineates how such eligible entity will work with other organizations, including local government, institutions of higher education, and other key institutions that will come together to support a common vision, defined results, and measures of effectiveness, with clear roles and responsibilities, and a plan for serving multiple schools.

(b)

Duration of Subgrant

Each subgrant awarded under this subpart shall be for a period of 5 years.

5726.

Report

An eligible entity that receives a subgrant under this subpart shall submit a biennial report to the Secretary regarding activities conducted by such entity with subgrant funds received under this subpart.

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Schools as centers of communities

5731.

Purpose

The purpose of this subpart is to provide incentives to schools, in conjunction with the applicable local educational agencies, and mayors, nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, and other community partners, such as 21st Century Community Learning Centers and other after-school providers, to redesign such schools as centers of communities that—

(1)

encourage the participation of family and community in children's education;

(2)

engage students as resources to their communities;

(3)

encourage extensive and innovative community use of school facilities, which may include renovation and expansion of existing facilities to coordinate and deliver integrated services and comprehensive supports to families, children, and communities;

(4)

assist in keeping school facilities open outside of traditional school hours in order to promote community use of such facilities; and

(5)

engage the community in the redesign and planning of such facilities.

5732.

Definition of eligible entity

In this subpart, the term eligible entity means a consortium of a school in conjunction with the applicable local educational agency, a mayor, and 1 or more nonprofit organization, for-profit organization, or other community partner.

5733.

Subgrants authorized

A State that receives a grant under section 5700 shall award subgrants to eligible entities to enable the eligible entities to redesign schools to be centers of communities and to incorporate community education consistent with the purpose of this subpart.

5734.

Application

(a)

Current school

An eligible entity that desires to receive a subgrant to redesign a school as a center of community under this subpart shall submit an application to the State at such time, in such manner, and accompanied by such information as the State may require.

(b)

Contents

An application submitted under subsection (a) shall include the following:

(1)

A needs assessment of the school facility identified for redesign as a center of community, including any renovations or expansions, if necessary, to enable the school to serve as a joint-use school facility.

(2)

An assessment of the need to keep the school facilities open outside the traditional school hours, including the needs of the surrounding community and the existing capacity to facilitate a joint-use school facility as a center of community.

(3)

A description of the eligible entity applying for the subgrant.

(4)

A description of the eligible entity's capacity to provide integrated services and comprehensive supports to an existing school facility to transform it into a center of community school.

(5)

A draft workplan of what the eligible entity hopes to achieve at the joint-use school facility, including a description of the integrated services and comprehensive supports that would be available to the school, students, and families through partnership with the eligible entity.

(6)

A description of student and family involvement in redesigning the school to become a center of community school.

(7)

A memorandum of understanding between the school selected for redesigning and the eligible entity.

5735.

Matching funds

An eligible entity that receives a subgrant to redesign an existing school facility to incorporate community education under this subpart shall provide matching funds, from non-Federal sources, equal to 50 percent of the cost of activities under this subpart.

5736.

Report

An eligible entity that receives a subgrant under this subpart shall submit a biennial report to the Secretary regarding activities conducted by such entity with subgrant funds received under this subpart.

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(b)

Table of Contents

The table of contents in section 2 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 5618 the following:

PART E—PARENT AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT

Sec. 5700. Grants authorized.

Sec. 5700A. National activities.

Sec. 5700B. Authorization of appropriations.

SUBPART 1—Parent and Community Outreach Coordinators

Sec. 5701. Purpose.

Sec. 5702. Subgrants authorized.

Sec. 5703. Application.

Sec. 5704. Awarding of subgrants.

Sec. 5705. Screening and evaluation committee.

Sec. 5706. Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator.

Sec. 5707. Evaluations.

Sec. 5708. Report.

SUBPART 2—Connecting students to community resources and comprehensive supports

Sec. 5721. Purpose.

Sec. 5722. Eligible entity.

Sec. 5723. Subgrants authorized.

Sec. 5724. Application.

Sec. 5725. Awarding of subgrants.

Sec. 5726. Report.

SUBPART 3—Schools as centers of communities

Sec. 5731. Purpose.

Sec. 5732. Definition of eligible entity.

Sec. 5733. Subgrants authorized.

Sec. 5734. Application.

Sec. 5735. Matching funds.

Sec. 5736. Report.

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