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H.R. 1763 (113th): Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 25, 2013 (Introduced).


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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1763

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 25, 2013

(for herself,Mrs. Davis of California,Ms. Wilson of Florida,Mr. Price of North Carolina,Mrs. Capps,Ms. Waters,Ms. Roybal-Allard,Mr. Lowenthal,Mr. Honda,Mr. Heck of Washington,Ms. DelBene,Mr. Petri, andMr. Garamendi) introduced the following bill; which was referred to theCommittee on Education and the Workforce

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Education to establish and administer an awards program recognizing excellence exhibited by public school system employees providing services to students in pre-kindergarten through higher education.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees Act .

2.

Findings

TheCongressfinds as follows:

(1)

The termclassified school employeerefers to employees working in pre-kindergarten through higher education, in the following nine job families:

(A)

Paraprofessionals.

(B)

Clerical services.

(C)

Custodial and maintenance services.

(D)

Transportation services.

(E)

Food services.

(F)

Skilled trades.

(G)

Health and student services.

(H)

Security services.

(I)

Technical services.

(2)

Classified school employees provide valuable service to public schools in the United States.

(3)

Classified school employees provide essential services, such as transportation, facilities maintenance and operations, food service, safety, and health care.

(4)

Classified school employees play a vital role in providing for the welfare and safety of students.

(5)

Classified school employees strive for excellence in all areas of service to the education community.

(6)

Exemplary classified school employees should be recognized for their outstanding contributions to quality education in the United States.

3.

Recognition program established

(a)

In general

TheSecretary of Educationshall establish and administer a national recognition program to be known as theNational Classified School Employees of the Year Awards. The purpose of the program shall be to recognize and promote the commitment and excellence exhibited by employees within certain occupational specialties in public schools who provide exemplary service to students in pre-kindergarten through higher education.

(b)

Occupational specialties

(1)

In general

The occupational specialties referred to insubsection (a)are the following:

(A)

Paraprofessionals.

(B)

Clerical and administrative services.

(C)

Transportation services.

(D)

Food and nutrition services.

(E)

Custodial and maintenance services.

(F)

Security services.

(G)

Health and student services.

(H)

Technical services.

(I)

Skilled trades.

(2)

Number of awards

Prior to March 31 of each year (beginning with the second calendar year that begins after the date of the enactment of this Act), theSecretaryshall select an employee from each occupational specialty described inparagraph (1)to receive an award under the recognition program.

(c)

Selection process

(1)

Nomination process

Not later than November 1 of each year (beginning with the first calendar year that begins after the date of the enactment of this Act), theSecretaryshall solicit nominations from each occupational specialty described insubsection (b)(1)from the chief State school officer of each State. The chief State school officer of each State shall consider nominations submitted by the following:

(A)

Local educational agencies.

(B)

School administrators.

(C)

Professional associations.

(D)

Labor unions.

(E)

Any other group determined appropriate by theSecretary.

(2)

Demonstration

Each nomination shall be submitted to theSecretaryby a chief State school officer in such manner as theSecretarymay require and shall contain, at a minimum, demonstrations of excellence in the following areas:

(A)

Work performance.

(B)

School and community involvement.

(C)

Leadership and commitment.

(D)

Local support.

(E)

Enhancement of classified school employees’ image in the community and schools.

(F)

Any other area of superior performance, such as health and safety promotion or efficient use of energy or other resources.

(3)

Selection

TheSecretaryshall develop uniform national guidelines for evaluating nominations submitted underparagraph (2)in order to select the most deserving nominees based on the demonstrations made in the areas described in such paragraph.

(d)

Definitions

The terms used in this Act shall have the meaning given such terms in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act 1965(20 U.S.C. 7801).