H.R. 3928 (111th): SKILLs Act

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 26, 2009 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

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111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3928

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 26, 2009

(for himself and Mr. Ehlers) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor

A BILL

To amend the provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 regarding school library media specialists, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Strengthening Kids' Interest in Learning and Libraries Act or the SKILLs Act.

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School library media specialist requirements

101.

Authorization of appropriations

Section 1002(b)(4) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6302) is amended by striking 2002 and inserting 2010.

102.

State plans

(a)

Academic standards, academic assessments, and accountability

Section 1111(b)(8) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311(b)(8)) is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (D), by striking and after the semicolon;

(2)

by redesignating subparagraph (E) as subparagraph (F); and

(3)

by inserting after subparagraph (D) the following:

(E)

how the State educational agency will meet the goal of ensuring that there is not less than 1 highly qualified school library media specialist in each school receiving funds under this part, as described in section 1119(h)(2); and

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(b)

Other provisions To support teaching and learning

Section 1111(c) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311(c)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (13), by striking and after the semicolon;

(2)

in paragraph (14), by striking the period and inserting ; and; and

(3)

by inserting after paragraph (14) the following:

(15)

the State educational agency will establish a goal of having not less than 1 State-certified school library media specialist in each public school that receives funds under this part.

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103.

Local educational agency plans

(a)

Plan provisions

Section 1112(b)(1)(N) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6312(b)(1)(N)) is amended by inserting , including ensuring that there is not less than 1 highly qualified school library media specialist in each school before the semicolon.

(b)

Assurances

Section 1112(c)(1) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6312(c)(1)) is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (N), by striking and after the semicolon;

(2)

in subparagraph (O), by striking the period and inserting ; and; and

(3)

by inserting after subparagraph (O) the following:

(P)

ensure, to the extent feasible, that each school served by the local educational agency and receiving funds under this part employs not less than 1 State-certified school library media specialist.

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104.

Schoolwide programs

Section 1114(b)(1)(D) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6314(b)(1)(D)) is amended by inserting school library media specialists, after teachers,.

105.

Targeted assistance schools

Section 1115(c)(1)(F) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6315(c)(1)(F)) is amended by inserting school library media specialists, after teachers,.

106.

Qualifications for teachers, paraprofessionals, and school library media specialists

(a)

In general

Section 1119 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6319) is amended—

(1)

in the section heading, by striking teachers and paraprofessionals and inserting teachers, paraprofessionals, and school library media specialists;

(2)

by redesignating subsections (h) through (l) as subsections (i) through (m), respectively;

(3)

by inserting after subsection (g) the following:

(h)

School library media specialists

(1)

Local educational agency requirement

Each local educational agency receiving assistance under this part shall ensure, to the extent feasible, that each school that is served by the local educational agency and receives funds under this part employs not less than 1 highly qualified school library media specialist.

(2)

State goal

Each State educational agency receiving assistance under this part shall—

(A)

establish a goal of having not less than 1 highly qualified school library media specialist in each public school that is served by the State educational agency and receives funds under this part; and

(B)

specify a date by which the State will reach this goal, which date shall be not later than the beginning of the 2010–2011 school year.

; and

(4)

in subsection (i) (as redesignated by subsection (a)(2)), by striking and paraprofessionals and inserting , paraprofessionals, and school library and media specialists.

(b)

Conforming amendment

Section 1119(l) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (as redesignated by subsection (a)(2)) (20 U.S.C. 6319(l)) is amended by striking subsection (1) and inserting subsection (m).

107.

Improving literacy through school libraries

Section 1251 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6383) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a), by striking well-trained, professionally certified and inserting highly qualified;

(2)

in subsection (e)(3)—

(A)

by striking Distribution.—The and inserting the following:

Distribution.—

(A)

Geographic distribution

The

; and

(B)

by adding at the end the following:

(B)

Balance among types of schools

In awarding grants under this subsection, the Secretary shall take into consideration whether funding is proportionally distributed among projects serving students in elementary, middle, and high schools.

;

(3)

in subsection (f)(2)—

(A)

in subparagraph (A)—

(i)

by inserting the need for student literacy improvement at all grade levels, before the need for; and

(ii)

by striking well-trained, professionally certified and inserting highly qualified;

(4)

by striking subparagraph (B) and inserting the following:

(B)

a needs assessment of which grade spans are served, ensuring funding is proportionally distributed to serve students in elementary, middle, and high schools;

;

(5)

in subsection (g)—

(A)

in paragraph (1), by striking the semicolon at the end and inserting

and reading materials, such as books and materials that—

(A)

are appropriate for students in all grade levels to be served and for students with special learning needs, including students who are limited English proficient; and

(B)

engage the interest of readers at all reading levels;

; and

(B)

in paragraph (4), by striking professional development described in section 1222(d)(2) and inserting professional development in information literacy instruction that is appropriate for all grades, including the assessment of student literacy needs, the coordination of reading and writing instruction across content areas, and training in literacy strategies in all content areas.

II

Preparing, teaching, and recruiting high quality teachers, school library media specialists, and principals

201.

Teacher, school library media specialist, and principal training and recruiting fund

Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6601 et seq.) is amended—

(1)

in the title heading, by striking High quality teachers and principals and inserting High quality teachers, school library media specialists, and principals; and

(2)

in the part heading, by striking Teacher and principal and inserting Teacher, school library media specialist, and principal.

202.

Purpose

Section 2101(1) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6601(1)) is amended to read as follows:

(1)

increase student academic achievement through strategies such as—

(A)

improving teacher, school library media specialist, and principal quality; and

(B)

increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom, highly qualified school library media specialists in the library, and highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools; and

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203.

State applications

Section 2112(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6612(b)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (4), by inserting , school library media specialists, before and principals; and

(2)

in paragraph (10), by inserting , school library media specialist, before and paraprofessional.

204.

State use of funds

Section 2113(c) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6613(c)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (4)—

(A)

in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by inserting highly qualified school library media specialists, before principals; and

(B)

in subparagraph (B), by inserting , highly qualified school library media specialists, before and principals; and

(2)

in paragraph (6), by striking teachers and principals each place the term appears and inserting teachers, school library media specialists, and principals.

205.

Local uses of funds

Section 2123(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6623(a)) is amended by inserting after paragraph (8) the following:

(9)
(A)

Developing and implementing strategies to assist in recruiting and retaining highly qualified school library media specialists; and

(B)

providing appropriate professional development for such specialists, particularly related to skills necessary to assist students to improve the students' academic achievement, including skills related to information literacy.

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III

General Provisions

301.

Definitions

Section 9101(23) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801(23)) is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (B)(ii)(II), by striking and after the semicolon;

(2)

in subparagraph (C)(ii)(VII), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(D)

when used with respect to a school library media specialist employed in an elementary school or secondary school in a State, means that the school library media specialist—

(i)

holds at least a bachelor's degree;

(ii)

has obtained full State certification as a school library media specialist or passed the State teacher licensing examination, with State certification in library media, in such State, except that when used with respect to any school library media specialist teaching in a public charter school, the term means that the school library media specialist meets the requirements set forth in the State's public charter school law; and

(iii)

has not had certification or licensure requirements waived on an emergency, temporary, or provisional basis.

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302.

Conforming amendments

(a)

Table of contents

The table of contents in section 2 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6301 note) is amended—

(1)

by striking the item relating to section 1119 and inserting the following:

Sec. 1119. Qualifications for teachers, paraprofessionals, and school library media specialists.

;

(2)

by striking the item relating to title II and inserting the following:

Title II—Preparing, training, and recruiting high quality teachers, school library media specialists, and principals

;

and
(3)

by striking the item relating to part A of title II and inserting the following:

Part A—Teacher, School Library Media Specialist, and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund

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