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S. 2084 (115th): Community Partnerships in Education Act

The text of the bill below is as of Nov 7, 2017 (Introduced).


II

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2084

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 7, 2017

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

A BILL

To include community partners and intermediaries in the planning and delivery of education and related programs, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title; table of contents

(a)

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Community Partnerships in Education Act.

(b)

Table of contents

The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.

TITLE I—Amendments to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006

Sec. 101. Definitions.

Sec. 102. Attainment of 21st century skills.

Sec. 103. Inclusion of community partners and intermediary organizations in State and local plans.

Sec. 104. Evaluations.

TITLE II—Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965

Sec. 201. Definitions.

Sec. 202. TRIO programs.

Sec. 203. GEAR UP.

Sec. 204. Maintenance and expansion of existing programs.

I

Amendments to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006

101.

Definitions

Section 3 of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2302) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating paragraphs (9) through (18) and paragraphs (19) through (34) as paragraphs (10) through (19) and paragraphs (21) through (36), respectively;

(2)

by inserting after paragraph (8) the following new paragraph:

(9)

Community partner

The term community partner means a nonprofit organization that has expertise in the planning and delivery of education, career training, and related programs, in forging coordination and cooperation between educators and other members of the community, in training educators and other deliverers of educational services, or in development and implementation of data systems that measure the progress of students, schools and institutions of higher education, and programs.

; and

(3)

by inserting after paragraph (19) (as redesignated by paragraph (1)) the following new paragraph:

(20)

Intermediary organization

The term intermediary organization means a nonprofit organization that has expertise in training, forging public-private partnerships, systems development, capacity-building, improving scalability, and evaluation.

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102.

Attainment of 21st century skills

(a)

Accountability

Section 113(b)(2)(C) of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2323(b)(2)(C)) is amended by inserting attainment of 21st century skills (such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration) and after such as.

(b)

Local and State reports

Section 113 of such Act (20 U.S.C. 2323) is further amended—

(1)

in subsection (b)(4)(C)(ii)—

(A)

in subclause (I), by striking ; and and inserting a semicolon;

(B)

in subclause (II), by striking the period and inserting ; and; and

(C)

by inserting after subclause (II) the following new subclause:

(III)

describe the progress of career and technical education students served by the eligible recipient in attaining 21st century skills (such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration).

; and

(2)

in subsection (c)(2)—

(A)

in subparagraph (A), by striking ; and and inserting a semicolon;

(B)

in subparagraph (B), by striking the period and inserting ; and; and

(C)

by inserting after subparagraph (B) the following new subparagraph:

(C)

describe the progress of career and technical education students of the State in attaining 21st century skills (such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration).

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103.

Inclusion of community partners and intermediary organizations in State and local plans

(a)

State plan

Section 122 of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2342) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (b)(1)(A)(ix), by striking including parent and community organizations and inserting including parent and intermediary organizations and community partners;

(2)

in subsection (c)(1)(A)—

(A)

in clause (iii), by striking ; and and inserting a semicolon; and

(B)

by inserting after clause (iv) the following new clauses:

(v)

are carried out in partnership with one or more community partners, including through joint planning and implementation, shared professional development designed to improve the effectiveness of eligible recipient and community partner staff, development and implementation of shared data systems that support program improvement and the improvement of program outcomes, and the alignment and coordination of eligible recipient and community partner goals, activities, and training; and

(vi)

are carried out with the involvement of one or more intermediary organizations that will assist the eligible applicants by training staff, providing technical assistance that is designed to ensure continuous improvement, helping to ensure accountability for results, and helping to ensure that program funds flow quickly and effectively to effective service providers and activities;

; and

(3)

in subsection (c)(2)—

(A)

in subparagraph (F), by striking ; and and inserting a semicolon;

(B)

in subparagraph (G), by inserting and after the semicolon; and

(C)

by inserting after subparagraph (G) the following:

(H)

may be provided by a community partner or an intermediary organization;

.

(b)

Local plan

Section 134(b) of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2354(b)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (5), by inserting community partners, intermediary organizations, after labor organizations,;

(2)

in paragraph (11), by striking ; and and inserting a semicolon;

(3)

in paragraph (12)(B), by striking the period and inserting a semicolon; and

(4)

by inserting after paragraph (12) the following new paragraphs:

(13)

describe the data-sharing agreement or agreements that the eligible recipient agency has entered into with other agencies and organizations so as to provide for shared access to information on student progress and success (consistent with the requirements of subpart 4 of part C of the General Education Provisions Act), integrated planning and joint review of the data, and coordinated adjustments in program strategies and activities in response to changes in student needs or to new challenges;

(14)

describe how the eligible recipient will carry out its program under this part in partnership with one or more community partners, including through joint planning and implementation, shared professional development designed to improve the effectiveness of eligible recipient and community partner staff, development and implementation of shared data systems that support program improvement and the improvement of program outcomes, and the alignment and coordination of eligible recipient and community partner goals, activities, and training; and

(15)

a description of how the eligible recipient will carry out its program under this part with the involvement of one or more intermediary organizations that will assist the eligible entity by training staff, providing technical assistance that is designed to ensure continuous improvement, helping to ensure accountability for results, and helping to ensure that program funds flow quickly and effectively to effective service providers and activities.

.

(c)

Local use of funds

Section 135(b) of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2355(b)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (5), by striking development programs that and inserting development programs, which may be provided by community partners or intermediary organizations, that;

(2)

in paragraph (8), by striking ; and and inserting a semicolon;

(3)

in paragraph (9), by striking the period and inserting ; and; and

(4)

by inserting after paragraph (9) the following new paragraph:

(10)

development and implementation of data-sharing agreements between the eligible recipient and other agencies and organizations that provide for shared access to information on student progress and success (consistent with the requirements of subpart 4 of part C of the General Education Provisions Act), integrated planning and joint review of the data, and coordinated adjustments in program strategies and activities in response to changes in student needs or to new challenges.

.

104.

Evaluations

Section 114(d)(2)(B) of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2324) is amended—

(1)

in clause (vi), by striking ; and and inserting a semicolon;

(2)

in clause (vii), by striking the period and inserting a semicolon; and

(3)

by inserting after clause (vii) the following new clauses:

(viii)

whether and how eligible recipients are involving community partners and intermediary organizations in their activities carried out under part C, and the impact of that involvement; and

(ix)

the implementation of the data-sharing agreements entered into under section 135(b)(10), and the impact of that implementation.

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II

Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965

201.

Definitions

Section 481 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1088) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsections:

(g)

Community partner

For purposes of this title, the term community partner means a nonprofit organization that has expertise in the planning and delivery of education, career training, and related programs, in forging coordination and cooperation between educators and other members of the community, in training educators and other deliverers of educational services, or in development and implementation of data systems that measure the progress of students, schools and institutions of higher education, and programs.

(h)

Intermediary organization

For purposes of this title, the term intermediary organization means a nonprofit organization that has expertise in training, forging public-private partnerships, systems development, capacity-building, improving scalability, evaluation, and development and implementation of data systems that measure the progress of students, schools and other educational institutions, and programs.

.

202.

TRIO programs

Section 402A of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070a–11) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (b)(1)—

(A)

by striking For the purposes described and inserting the following:

(A)

In general

For the purposes described

; and

(B)

by adding at the end the following:

(B)

Community partners and intermediary organizations

An entity described in subparagraph (A) receiving a grant or entering into a contract under this chapter shall, to the extent practicable, carry out the grant or contract—

(i)

with one or more community partners, including through joint planning and implementation, shared professional development designed to improve the effectiveness of such eligible entity and community partner staff, development and implementation of shared data systems that support the improvement of the operations and outcomes of the program carried out with such grant or contract, and the alignment and coordination of such eligible entity and community partner goals, activities, and training; and

(ii)

with the involvement of one or more intermediary organizations that will assist such eligible entity by training staff, providing technical assistance that is designed to ensure continuous improvement, helping to ensure accountability for results, and helping to ensure that the grant or contract funds flow quickly and effectively to effective service providers and activities.

;

(2)

in subsection (c)(6), by adding at the end the following: The Secretary shall encourage entities receiving grants or entering into contracts under this chapter to enter into data-sharing agreements with other agencies and organizations so as to provide for shared access to information on student progress and success (consistent with the requirements of subpart 4 of part C of the General Education Provisions Act), integrated planning and review of the data, and coordinated adjustments in program strategies and activities in response to changes in student needs or to new challenges.; and

(3)

in subsection (f)(3)—

(A)

in subparagraph (A)—

(i)

by redesignating clauses (v) and (vi) as clauses (vi) and (vii), respectively; and

(ii)

by inserting after clause (iv) the following new clause:

(v)

student acquisition of 21st century skills (such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration);

; and

(B)

in subparagraph (B)—

(i)

by redesignating clauses (v), (vi), and (vii) as clauses (vi), (vii), and (viii), respectively; and

(ii)

by inserting after clause (iv) the following new clause:

(v)

student acquisition of 21st century skills (such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration);

.

203.

GEAR UP

(a)

Definition of eligible entity

Section 404A(c)(2) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070a–21(c)(2)) is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (A)—

(A)

by striking and at the end of clause (i); and

(B)

by adding at the end the following:

(iii)

one or more community partners; and

; and

(2)

in subparagraph (B), by inserting intermediary organizations, after subpart 4,.

(b)

Requirements

Section 404B(b) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070a–22(b)) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating paragraphs (1) and (2) as subparagraphs (A) and (B), respectively, and adjusting the margins of such subparagraphs accordingly;

(2)

by striking Each eligible entity and inserting the following:

(1)

In general

Each eligible entity

; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(2)

Data sharing

Each eligible entity receiving a grant under this chapter shall, to the extent feasible, enter into data-sharing agreements with other organizations or agencies so as to provide for shared access to information on student progress and success (consistent with the requirements of subpart 4 of part C of the General Education Provisions Act), integrated planning and joint review of the data, and coordinated adjustments in program strategies and activities in response to changes in student needs or to new challenges.

.

(c)

Applications

Section 404C(a)(2) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070a–23(a)(2)) is amended—

(1)

by striking and at the end of subparagraph (I);

(2)

by striking the period and inserting ; and at the end of subparagraph (J); and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(K)

describe, in the case of an eligible entity described in section 404A(c)(2), how the entities included in the partnership will engage in—

(i)

joint planning and implementation;

(ii)

shared professional development designed to improve the effectiveness of school, community partner, and other staff;

(iii)

development and implementation of shared data systems that support program improvement and the improvement of program outcomes; and

(iv)

the alignment and coordination of local educational agency, school, community partner, and other partnership member goals, activities, and training.

.

(d)

Activities

Section 404D(a)(3) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070a–24(a)(3)) is amended—

(1)

by striking and at the end of subparagraph (A);

(2)

by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (B) and inserting ; and; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(C)

at the discretion of the eligible entity, acquire 21st century skills (such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration).

.

204.

Maintenance and expansion of existing programs

(a)

Program authority

Section 418A(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070d–2(a)) is amended—

(1)

by striking The Secretary shall and inserting the following:

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(2)

Community partners and intermediary organizations

Each such program shall be implemented—

(A)

in partnership with one or more community partners, including through joint planning and implementation, shared professional development designed to improve the effectiveness of, as applicable, school, institution of higher education, nonprofit organization, and community partner staff, development and implementation of shared data systems that support program improvement and the improvement of program outcomes, and the alignment and coordination of, as applicable, school, institution of higher education, nonprofit organization, and community partner goals, activities, and training; and

(B)

with the involvement of one or more intermediary organizations that assist the grantee by training staff, providing technical assistance that is designed to ensure continuous improvement, helping to ensure accountability for results, and helping to ensure that program funds flow quickly and effectively to effective service providers and activities.

(3)

Data sharing

Each such program shall include the implementation of one or more data-sharing agreements between the grantee and other organizations or agencies that provide for shared access to information on student progress and success (consistent with the requirements of subpart 4 of part C of the General Education Provisions Act), integrated planning and joint review of the data, and coordinated adjustments in program strategies and activities in response to changes in student needs or to new challenges.

.

(b)

Services provided

Section 418A(b) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070d–2(b)) is amended—

(1)

by striking and at the end of paragraph (8);

(2)

by redesignating paragraph (9) as paragraph (10); and

(3)

by inserting after paragraph (8) the following:

(9)

activities designed to ensure that participants acquire 21st century skills (such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration); and

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