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H.R. 2234: Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 28, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2234

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 28, 2017

(for herself, Mr. Pocan, Ms. DelBene, Ms. Lee, Mr. Kilmer, Mr. Takano, Mr. Huffman, Mr. Swalwell of California, Ms. Herrera Beutler, Mr. McNerney, Mr. Garamendi, and Mr. McGovern) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Education to establish the Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE) Award Program recognizing excellence exhibited by public school system employees providing services to students in prekindergarten through higher education.

1.

Short title

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

2.

Findings

Congress finds the following:

(1)

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

(2)

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

(3)

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

(4)

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

(5)

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

3.

Definition of classified school employee

In this Act:

(1)

Classified school employee

The term classified school employee means a public employee of a State or of any political subdivision of a State, who works in any grade from prekindergarten through higher education in any of the following occupational specialties:

(A)

Paraeducator services.

(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)

Other definitions

The terms used in this Act have the meaning given the terms in section 8101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801).

4.

Recognition program established

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Education shall establish a national recognition program to be known as the Recognizing Inspiring School Employees Award Program or the award program. The purpose of the award program shall be to recognize and promote the commitment and excellence exhibited by classified school employees in public schools who provide exemplary service to students in prekindergarten through higher education.

(b)

Award

Prior to March 31 of each year (beginning with the second calendar year that begins after the date of the enactment of this Act), the award program shall recommend to the Secretary a classified school employee to receive the Recognizing Inspiring School Employees Award for the year.

(c)

Selection process

(1)

Nomination process

(A)

In general

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), the Secretary shall solicit nominations of classified school employees in public schools from the occupational specialties described in section 3(1) from the chief State school officer of each State.

(B)

Nomination submissions

In order for individuals in a State to be eligible to receive recognition under this section, the chief State school officer shall consider nominations submitted by the following:

(i)

Local educational agencies.

(ii)

School administrators.

(iii)

Professional associations.

(iv)

Labor organizations.

(v)

Educational service agencies.

(vi)

Any other group determined appropriate by the award program.

(2)

Demonstration

Each chief State school officer of a State who desires individuals in the State to receive recognition under this section shall submit the nominations described in paragraph (1) to the Secretary in such manner as may be required by the award program. Each such nomination 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

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