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H.R. 6002: School Overcrowding Reduction Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 5, 2018 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6002

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 5, 2018

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 a grant program for the construction of schools in overcrowded areas, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the School Overcrowding Reduction Act.

2.

School construction grant program

(a)

Establishment

Not later than one year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Education shall establish a program (in this section referred to as the Program) under which the Secretary may award grants, on a competitive basis, to qualifying local educational agencies in accordance with this section.

(b)

Applications

To be eligible for a grant under the Program, a qualifying local educational agency shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such form, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(c)

Grant uses

Grant amounts awarded to a qualifying local educational agency under the Program shall be used for activities relating to the construction of a school facility.

(d)

Priority of award

In selecting qualifying local educational agencies to receive a grant under the Program, the Secretary shall give priority to agencies that demonstrate that grant amounts received will be used to construct a school facility in a location that is no more than two miles from a school served by the agency in which the average class size (excluding special education classes exclusively serving children with disabilities as defined in section 602 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1401)) exceeds 25 students.

(e)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out the Program $10,000,000,000 for fiscal years 2019 through 2023.

(f)

Qualifying local educational agency defined

In this section, the term qualifying local educational agency means a local educational agency (as that term is defined in section 8101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801)) that—

(1)

is a recipient of funds under title I of such Act (20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.); and

(2)

has a service area with respect to which—

(A)

the aggregate average class size (excluding special education classes exclusively serving children with disabilities as defined in section 602 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1401)) exceeds 23 students; or

(B)

more than 20 percent of students are assigned to a class with more than 30 students.