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Text of the Sandra Day O’Connor Civic Learning Act of 2011

This bill was introduced on November 17, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Nov 17, 2011 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3464

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 17, 2011

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

A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to promote civic learning and engagement, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Sandra Day O’Connor Civic Learning Act of 2011.

2.

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that the Commissioner for Education Statistics, in administering the National Assessment of Educational Progress, should increase the sample size of students tested to improve disaggregation and analysis of data regarding progress in history and civics.

3.

Civic learning grants

(a)

In general

Subpart 3 of part C of title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6711 et seq.) is amended—

(1)

by repealing sections 2341 through 2344 and inserting the following:

2341.

Civic learning grants

(a)

In general

The Secretary may award competitive grants to eligible entities for the development and implementation of programs to promote civic learning and engagement.

(b)

Use of funds

An eligible entity shall use a grant received under this section to develop and implement a program to promote civic learning and engagement through instruction, professional development, and evaluation activities that promote any of the following:

(1)

Equity through access to funding and program benefits, including—

(A)

programs that meet the needs of students with divergent learning styles, students of varying ethnic, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds, and students who are English language learners; and

(B)

resources that serve student populations that have not traditionally received opportunities for high quality, engaging civic learning, with a special emphasis on inner-city and rural underserved students.

(2)

Innovation through design, settings, and delivery, including service learning, interactive on-line programming, and other approaches to engaging students in active learning and civic participation.

(3)

Scalability through broad, cost-effective implementation and institutionalization, including—

(A)

use of the latest technological developments;

(B)

an emphasis on programs designed to address relevant State and National educational standards; and

(C)

utilization of low per-participant cost models of expanding the number of active students and teachers.

(4)

Accountability through assessment and identification of best practice models, including—

(A)

independent research and evaluation to help assess the effects of civic education programs on students’ knowledge, skills, and traits of character essential for the preservation and improvement of constitutional democracy;

(B)

identifying techniques that succeed with traditionally underserved student populations; and

(C)

evaluation of teachers’ knowledge and the adequacy of the teaching facility.

(c)

Definition of eligible entity

In this section, the term eligible entity means a nonprofit educational organization.

; and

(2)

by redesignating sections 2345 and 2346 as sections 2342 and 2343, respectively.

(b)

Conforming changes

(1)

Section 2342 of such Act (20 U.S.C. 6715), as redesignated by subsection (a)(2), is amended—

(A)

in subsection (a)—

(i)

by striking organizations described in section 2343(a)(3) each place it appears and inserting organizations experienced in the development of curricula and programs in civics and government education and economic education for students in elementary schools and secondary schools in countries other than the United States; and

(ii)

by striking use funds made available under grants or contracts under section 2343 to;

(B)

in subsection (b), by striking the Center for Civic Education, the National Council on Economic Education, and organizations described in section 2343(a)(3) and inserting an entity specified in subsection (a);

(C)

in subsection (e), by striking described in section 2343 and inserting specified in subsection (a); and

(D)

in subsection (f)(2), by striking the Center for Civic Education, the National Council on Economic Education, or organizations described in section 2343(a)(3) and inserting an entity specified in subsection (a).

(2)

The table of contents of such Act (20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.) is amended by striking the items relating to sections 2341 through 2346 and inserting the following:

2341. Civic learning grants.

2342. Cooperative civic education and economic education exchange programs.

2343. Authorization of appropriations.

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(c)

Authorization of appropriations

Section 2343 of such Act (20 U.S.C. 6716), as redesignated by subsection (a)(2), is amended to read as follows:

2343.

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated for each of fiscal years 2013 through 2018—

(1)

$28,500,000 for grants under section 2341; and

(2)

$1,500,000 for programs under section 2342.

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