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Text of the Full-Service Community Schools Act of 2009

This bill was introduced on September 9, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Sep 9, 2009 (Introduced).

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111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3545

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 9, 2009

(for himself, Mr. George Miller of California, Mr. Loebsack, Mr. Conyers, Ms. DeLauro, Ms. Fudge, Mr. Massa, Mr. Sarbanes, Mrs. Capps, Mr. Ellsworth, Mr. Sires, Ms. Markey of Colorado, Mr. Fattah, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Berman, Ms. Clarke, Mr. Himes, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Stark, Ms. Bordallo, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Honda, Mr. Tonko, Ms. Norton, Mr. Carson of Indiana, Ms. Linda T. Sánchez of California, Mr. Ellison, Ms. Matsui, Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas, Mr. Langevin, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Hare, Ms. Richardson, Mr. Rodriguez, Mr. Ryan of Ohio, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Crowley, Mr. Luján, Mr. Engel, Mr. Olver, Mr. Sablan, Mr. Heinrich, Mr. Butterfield, Mr. Connolly of Virginia, Mr. Sestak, Mr. Davis of Illinois, Mr. Schauer, and Mr. Rush) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor

A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants for the support of full-service community schools, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Full-Service Community Schools Act of 2009.

2.

Purposes

The purposes of this Act are the following:

(1)

Providing support for the planning, implementation, and operation of full-service community schools.

(2)

Improving the coordination, availability, and effectiveness of services for children and families.

(3)

Enabling principals and teachers to complement and enrich efforts to help all children reach proficiency in reading and math by 2014.

(4)

Ensuring that children come to school ready to learn every day.

(5)

Enabling families to participate in the education of their children.

(6)

Enabling more efficient use of Federal, State, local, and private sector resources that serve children and families.

(7)

Facilitating the coordination of programs operated by community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, and State, local, and tribal governments.

(8)

Engaging students as resources to their communities.

(9)

Engaging the business community and other community organizations as partners in the development of full-service community schools.

3.

Full-service community school

For purposes of this Act, the term full-service community school means a public elementary or secondary school that—

(1)

participates in a community-based effort to coordinate educational, developmental, family, health, and other comprehensive services through community-based organizations and public and private partnerships; and

(2)

provides access to such services to students, families, and the community.

4.

Local programs

(a)

Grants

The Secretary of Education (in this Act referred to as the Secretary) may award grants to eligible entities to assist public elementary or secondary schools to function as full-service community schools.

(b)

Use of Funds

Grants awarded under this section shall be used to coordinate not less than 3 qualified existing services and provide not less than 2 qualified additional services at 1 or more public elementary or secondary schools.

(c)

Application

To seek a grant under this section, an eligible entity shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time and in such manner as the Secretary may require. The Secretary shall require that each such application include the following:

(1)

A description of the eligible entity.

(2)

A list of partner entities that will assist the eligible entity to coordinate and provide qualified services.

(3)

A memorandum of understanding between the eligible entity and all partner entities describing the role the partner entities will assume.

(4)

A description of the capacity of the eligible entity to coordinate and provide qualified services at a full-service community school.

(5)

A comprehensive plan that includes descriptions of the following:

(A)

The student, family, and school community to be served, including information about the demographic characteristics and needs of students, families, and community residents, the number of families and students to be served, and the frequency of services.

(B)

Yearly measurable performance goals for the program, including an increase in the percentage of families and students targeted for services each year of the program and improved outcomes for students and families, particularly student academic achievement.

(C)

Performance measures to monitor progress toward attainment of the goals established under subparagraph (B).

(D)

Qualified services, existing and additional, to be coordinated and provided by the eligible entity and its partner entities, including an explanation of why these services have been selected, and how they respond to specified needs.

(E)

Plans to ensure that each site has full-time coordination of qualified services at each full-service community school.

(F)

Planning, coordination, management, and oversight of qualified services at each school to be served, including the role of the school principal, partner entities, parents, and members of the community.

(G)

Funding sources for qualified services to be coordinated and provided at each school to be served, whether such funding is derived from grants under this section or from other Federal, State, local, or private sources.

(H)

Plans for professional development for personnel managing, or coordinating or delivering qualified services at, the schools to be served.

(I)

Plans for joint utilization and maintenance of school facilities by the eligible entity and its partner entities.

(J)

How the eligible entity and its partners will focus services on schools eligible for a schoolwide program under section 1114 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6314).

(K)

Plans for periodic evaluation based upon attainment of the performance measures described in subparagraph (C).

(L)

How the provision and coordination of qualified services is expected to improve student academic achievement.

(M)

How the qualified services will meet the principles of effectiveness described in subsection (d).

(6)

A plan for sustainability.

(d)

Principles of effectiveness

(1)

In general

For a program developed pursuant to this section to meet principles of effectiveness, such program shall—

(A)

be based upon an assessment of objective data regarding the need for the establishment of a full-service community school and qualified services at each school to be served and in the community involved;

(B)

be based upon an established set of performance measures aimed at ensuring the availability and effectiveness of high-quality services; and

(C)

if appropriate, be based upon scientifically based research that provides evidence that the qualified services involved will help students meet State and local student academic achievement standards.

(e)

Priority

In awarding grants under this section, the Secretary shall give priority to eligible entities that—

(1)

will serve 2 or more full-service community schools eligible for a school-wide program under section 1114 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6314);

(2)

demonstrate a record of effectiveness in coordinating multiple qualified services;

(3)

will serve more than 1 full-service community school as part of a community- or district-wide strategy; and

(4)

will be connected to a school and community partnership group that brings together key stakeholders across sectors, such as the local educational agency, parents and neighborhood residents, youth, local government, institutions of higher education, teacher unions, community-based organizations, business and civic groups, and others to improve results for students and their families.

(f)

Grant Period

Each grant awarded under this section shall be for a period of 5 years and may be renewed at the discretion of the Secretary based on demonstrated effectiveness in meeting performance goals and measure as described in subparagraphs (B) and (C) of subsection (c)(5).

(g)

Minimum Amount

The Secretary may not award a grant to an eligible entity under this section in an amount that is less than $75,000 for each year of the 5-year grant period.

(h)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

The term additional services means services directly funded under this Act.

(2)

The term eligible entity means a consortium of a local educational agency and 1 or more community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, or other public or private entities.

(3)

The term existing services means services already being financed by Federal, State, local or private sources, or volunteer activities being supported by civic, business, faith-based, social, and other similar organizations.

(4)

The term qualified services means any of the following:

(A)

Early childhood education.

(B)

Remedial education activities and enrichment activities.

(C)

Programs under the Head Start Act, including Early Head Start programs.

(D)

Programs that promote parental involvement and family literacy, including the Reading First, Early Reading First, and William F. Goodling Even Start Family Literacy programs authorized in part B of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6361 et seq.).

(E)

Mentoring and other youth development programs.

(F)

Parent leadership development activities.

(G)

Parenting education activities.

(H)

Child care services.

(I)

Community service and service learning opportunities.

(J)

Programs that provide assistance to students who have been truant, suspended, or expelled.

(K)

Job training and career counseling services.

(L)

Nutrition services.

(M)

Primary health and dental care.

(N)

Mental health counseling services.

(O)

Adult education, including instruction in English as a second language.

(P)

Other services consistent with this Act.

5.

State programs

(a)

Grants

The Secretary may award grants to State collaboratives to support the development of full-service community school programs in accordance with this section.

(b)

Use of Funds

Grants awarded under this section shall be used only for the following:

(1)

Planning, coordinating, and expanding the development of full-service community schools in the State, particularly schools in high-poverty local educational agencies.

(2)

Providing technical assistance and training for full-service community schools, including professional development for personnel and creation of data collection and evaluation systems.

(3)

Collecting, evaluating, and reporting data about the progress of full-service community schools.

(4)

Evaluating the impact of State and Federal policies and guidelines on the ability of eligible entities to integrate Federal and State programs at full-service community schools, and taking action to make necessary changes.

(c)

Application

To seek a grant under this section, a State collaborative shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time and in such manner as the Secretary may require. The Secretary shall require that each such application include the following:

(1)

A list of all governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations that will participate as members of the State collaborative.

(2)

A description of the expertise of each member of the State collaborative—

(A)

in coordinating Federal and State programs across multiple agencies;

(B)

in working with and developing the capacity of full-service community schools; and

(C)

in working with high-poverty schools and local educational agencies.

(3)

A comprehensive plan describing how the grant will be used to plan, coordinate, and expand the delivery of services at full-service community schools.

(4)

A comprehensive accountability plan that will be used to demonstrate effectiveness, including the measurable performance goals of the program and performance measures to monitor progress and assess services’ impact on students and families and academic achievement.

(5)

An explanation of how the State collaborative will provide technical assistance and training, including professional development, for full-service community schools.

(6)

An explanation of how the State will collect and evaluate information on full-service community schools.

(d)

Grant Period

Each grant awarded under this section shall be for a period of 5 years.

(e)

Minimum Amount

The Secretary may not award a grant to a State collaborative under this section in an amount that is less than $500,000 for each year of the 5-year grant period.

(f)

Definitions

For purposes of this section:

(1)

The term State includes the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and any other territory or possession of the United States.

(2)

The term State collaborative means a collaborative of a State educational agency and not less than 2 other governmental agencies or nonprofit organizations that provide services to children and families.

6.

Advisory committee

(a)

Establishment

There is hereby established an advisory committee to be known as the Full-Service Community Schools Advisory Committee (in this section referred to as the Advisory Committee).

(b)

Duties

Subject to subsection (c), the Advisory Committee shall—

(1)

consult with the Secretary on the development and implementation of programs under this Act;

(2)

identify strategies to improve the coordination of Federal programs in support of full-service community schools; and

(3)

issue an annual report to the Congress on efforts under this Act, including a description of—

(A)

the results of local and national evaluation of such efforts; and

(B)

the scope of services being coordinated under this Act.

(c)

Consultation

In carrying out its duties under this section, the Advisory Committee shall consult annually with eligible entities awarded grants under section 4, State collaboratives awarded grants under section 5, and other entities with expertise in operating full-service community schools.

(d)

Members

The Advisory Committee shall consist of 5 members as follows:

(1)

The Secretary of Education (or the Secretary’s delegate).

(2)

The Attorney General of the United States (or the Attorney General’s delegate).

(3)

The Secretary of Agriculture (or the Secretary’s delegate).

(4)

The Secretary of Health and Human Services (or the Secretary’s delegate).

(5)

The Secretary of Labor (or the Secretary’s delegate).

7.

General provisions

(a)

Technical Assistance

The Secretary, directly or through grants, shall provide such technical assistance as may be appropriate to accomplish the purposes of this Act.

(b)

Evaluations by Secretary

The Secretary shall conduct evaluations on the effectiveness of grants under sections 4 and 5 in achieving the purposes of this Act.

(c)

Evaluations by Grantees

The Secretary shall require each recipient of a grant under this Act—

(1)

to conduct periodic evaluations of the progress achieved with the grant toward achieving the purposes of this Act;

(2)

to use such evaluations to refine and improve activities conducted with the grant and the performance measures for such activities; and

(3)

to make the results of such evaluations publicly available, including by providing public notice of such availability.

(d)

Supplement, not Supplant

Funds made available to a grantee under this Act may be used only to supplement, and not supplant, any other Federal, State, or local funds that would otherwise be available to carry out the activities assisted under this Act.

(e)

Matching Funds

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall require each recipient of a grant under this Act to provide matching funds from non-Federal sources in an amount determined under paragraph (2).

(2)

Determination of amount of match

(A)

Sliding scale

Subject to subparagraph (B), the Secretary shall determine the amount of matching funds to be required of a grantee under this subsection based on a sliding fee scale that takes into account—

(i)

the relative poverty of the population to be targeted by the grantee; and

(ii)

the ability of the grantee to obtain such matching funds.

(B)

Maximum amount

The Secretary may not require any grantee under this section to provide matching funds in an amount that exceeds the amount of the grant award.

(3)

In-kind contributions

The Secretary shall permit grantees under this section to match funds in whole or in part with in-kind contributions.

(4)

Consideration

Notwithstanding this subsection, the Secretary shall not consider an applicant’s ability to match funds when determining which applicants will receive grants under this Act.

(f)

Special rule

Entities receiving funds under this Act shall comply with all existing Federal statutes that prohibit discrimination.

8.

Authorization of appropriations

(a)

In General

There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act $200,000,000 for fiscal year 2010 and such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2011 through 2014.

(b)

Allocation

Of the amounts appropriated to carry out this Act for each fiscal year—

(1)

75 percent shall be for section 4;

(2)

20 percent shall be for section 5; and

(3)

of the remaining 5 percent, not less than $500,000 shall be for technical assistance under section 7(a).