IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 29, 2012
Mr. Casey (for himself and Mr. Brown of Ohio) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To authorize the Secretary of Education to establish the National Program for Arts and Technology Act as a Federal program.
This Act may be cited as the
National Program for Arts and
Technology Act of 2012.
Finding and purposes
Congress finds that the national program for arts and technology established under this Act will be one of the first national replication programs in the United States dedicated to addressing the complex needs of the poor and undereducated by improving the sustainability of neighborhoods, communities, and regions.
It is the purpose of this Act to establish the national program for arts and technology to provide competitive grants for qualified centers and interested communities to implement or found a qualified center that adopts the guidelines set forth by the Secretary, for the purposes of—
creating an institution within an environment of poverty where individuals feel and foster a sense of belonging, and are valued and treated with dignity;
creating professional jobs for instructors, trainers, artists, administrators, and others;
collaborating with Federal agencies, private industry, nonprofit philanthropic organizations, and planning and economic development organizations to leverage other investment dollars on behalf of all stakeholders;
assisting business and industry to achieve long-term vitality by ensuring the development of a trained and knowledgeable workforce;
coordinating with existing social service entities and nonprofit organizations on developing diverse and equitable communities;
developing industry specific job training programs for the under- and unemployed that are both affordable and accessible;
bridging the gap between education and lifelong learning for poor performing students through the discipline of craftsmanship in the visual arts; and
developing complimentary extended day or year programming in partnership with the local public schools to help engage at-risk students by connecting classroom instruction with applied and experiential programming in the arts.
In this Act:
Center of Origin
of Origin means Manchester Bidwell, nonprofit corporation, the
education and community development model upon which the national program for
arts and technology is based.
interested community means a
community that does the following:
Demonstrates to the Secretary financial support from 1 or more of the following:
Sectors of government.
Convenes an advisory committee comprised of diverse community stakeholders who are committed to creating a qualified center in their community.
Has identified potential funding that will be used to secure the Federal matching requirements described in section 4(c).
National program for arts and technology
national program for arts and technology means a program
that is based on the education and training model of Manchester Bidwell.
qualified center means a private,
nonprofit educational entity that—
operates under the guidelines and practices established by the national program for arts and technology, in consultation with the Secretary, and—
provides education and training to underemployed or unemployed individuals in industry specific job skills;
is accessible to communities and neighborhoods that have limited access to transportation;
compliments the learning of targeted public middle school or high school students who are at-risk of dropping out of school; and
is housed in a facility that has been reclaimed and renovated to sustainable building standards or newly constructed as a highly efficient green space; and
has a valid affiliation agreement with the Center of Origin and complies with the following:
Meets quarterly performance goals, which may include—
students’ school attendance and behavior;
retention in programming;
meeting and exceeding recruitment and enrollment metrics;
student outcomes and performance in training; and
Adheres to essential operating conditions including environment, targeted populations, and educational model.
Participates in professional development opportunities for members of the board, executives, and staff.
Secretary means the Secretary of Education.
From the amounts appropriated to carry out this Act, the Secretary shall establish and implement the national program for arts and technology to award grants, on a competitive basis, to qualified centers and interested communities to—
provide financial support to the centers and communities to establish a new qualified center to carry out the purposes described in section 2(b); and
provide management expertise to guide the centers and communities through the 3-phase replication protocol developed by the Center of Origin to ensure standardization across all qualified centers as to performance goals and objectives, operating culture, and teaching models.
Limitation on Use of funds
Federal funds received under this Act may not be used for capital expenditures or endowment gifts.
Matching funds required
To be eligible to receive a grant under this Act, a qualified center or interested community shall, for each fiscal year for which the grant is received, provide non-Federal contributions (which may include in-kind contributions) toward the amount of the grant in an amount equal to $1 for each $1 of Federal funds provided under the grant.
Application and annual report
To be eligible to receive a grant under this Act, a qualified center or interested community shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.
An application submitted under subparagraph (A) shall, at a minimum, contain—
a description of activities to be carried out under the grant;
information on specific measurable goals and objectives to be achieved through activities carried out under the grant;
evidence of an affiliation with a local community; and
evidence of a teaching model consistent with the Secretary’s criteria prescribed pursuant to regulations.
Each qualified center or interested community receiving a grant under this Act shall submit to the Secretary an annual report at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.
An annual report submitted under subparagraph (A) shall, at a minimum, describe the degree to which progress has been made toward meeting the specific measurable goals and objectives described in the applications submitted under paragraph (1).
Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated $25,000,000 to carry out this Act for the period of fiscal years 2012 through 2016.