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NEA-Supported Bills on NCLB for the 111th Congress

NEA supported a number of bills in the 111th Congress to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind (ESEA/NCLB).

NEA supported the following 198 bills


Senate

The Connecting Education and Emerging Professions Act of 2009 (S. 178) (110th S. 3459), introduced by Senator Feingold (D-WI) would authorize a new $25 million per year grant program in Part D of Title V of ESEA. Grants would be provided to partnerships of SEAs, LEAs, regional workforce investment boards, institutions of higher education, CBOs, and labor organizations to (1) foster improved collaboration among secondary schools, State, regional, and local businesses, institutions of higher education, industry, or workforce development organizations, labor organizations, and other nonprofit community organizations to identify emerging industry pathways, as well as the academic skills necessary to improve student success in the workforce or postsecondary education; (2) address industry and postsecondary education needs for a prepared and skilled workforce; (3) improve the potential for economic and employment growth in covered communities; and (4) help address the dropout crisis in the United States by involving students in a collaborative curriculum or program development process related to emerging industry pathways to improve student engagement and attendance in secondary school. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 178.

The Early Education Act (S. 206) (110th S. 152), introduced by Senator Boxer (D-CA) would establish a program to help states expand their educational system to include at least one year of early education preceding the year a child enters kindergarten. It would create a program in at least ten states to provide one year of pre-K early education. The $300 million authorized under this bill would supplement federal, state, and local funds. This program would serve approximately 136,000 children. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 206.

The Ready to Learn Act (S. 240) (110th S. 1823), introduced by Senator Murray (D-NY) would provide funding for States to establish high-quality early learning programs to promote school readiness for four-year-olds in their State. States will apply for funding through a competitive process to establish and administer voluntary preschool programs. It will allow governors to build on pre-existing early childhood systems. Schools, child care entities, Head Start programs, or other community providers of pre-kindergarten programs are all eligible for funding. To ensure high-quality programs that properly prepare children to be ready to learn, State plans will require qualified teachers, a developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate early learning curriculum and support for professional development. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 240.

The Graduate for a Better Future Act (S. 413) (110th S. 765), introduced by Senator Burr (R-NC) would establish a $500 million per year program of competitive grants to states, educational nonprofit organizations, or partnerships of such entities for their use in providing competitive grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) that have a high school graduation rate of no more than 60 percent in the aggregate or among at least two subgroups consisting of the poor or major racial or ethnic groups. Funds would be used by school districts to implement: (1) a college-preparatory curriculum aligned with rigorous secondary school studies; (2) accelerated remedial programs that allow underperforming students to become proficient in mathematics, reading and language arts, and science and thereby graduate in a timely manner; (3) systems to measure student progress in the core subjects and quickly identify students who are dropout risks; (4) a comprehensive college guidance program; (5) a program offering students opportunities for work-based and experiential learning; (6) a program providing students with access to courses in which they may earn college credit; (7) a program providing each student with an academic teacher advisor with whom the student regularly meets; and (8) a program of teacher professional development and institutional leadership that includes diagnostic and formative assessments. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 413.

The Increased Student Achievement Through Increased Student Support Act (S. 538) (110th S. 3364), introduced by Senator Lincoln (D-AR) would increase the recruitment and retention of school counselors, school social workers, and school psychologists through competitive, renewable, five-year grants to partnerships between low-income local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools offering graduate programs in school counseling, social work, or psychology to increase the number of program graduates employed by low-income LEAs. Allows the use of grant funds to: (1) provide program graduate students with field training at partnership LEA schools; (2) contribute to program graduates' salaries at such schools for up to three years after they graduate; (3) increase the number of school counselors, social workers, and psychologists per student in such schools; (4) enhance the capacity of partnership graduate schools to train such professionals; (5) develop course work designed to facilitate such graduates' service to low-income LEAs and at-risk students; and (6) provide tuition credits to such graduate students and student loan forgiveness to program graduates employed as school counselors, social workers, or psychologists by low-income LEAs for at least five years. It also directs the Secretary to establish a program providing student loan forgiveness to non-participants in this Act's grant program who have been employed for at least five years as school counselors, social workers, or psychologists by low-income LEAs. The companion measure is H.R 1361 by Representative Towns (D-NY). See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 538.

The Every Student Counts Act (S. 618) (110th S. 3627), introduced by Senator Harkin (D-IA) wouldamend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to require, beginning by the 2010-2011 school year, states, local educational agencies (LEAs), and secondary schools annually to include on the report cards required under Title I of the Act: (1) their four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate; (2) their cumulative graduation rate; (3) the number and percentage of students graduating in more than four years with a regular secondary school diploma; (4) the number and percentage of students who have been removed from the adjusted cohort; (5) the number and percentage of students from each previous adjusted cohort who remain in secondary school after four years; and (6) the percentage of secondary school students in each grade, except the graduating grade, prepared to advance to the next grade.  The Act would also require such data to be disaggregated by race, ethnicity, gender, disability status, migrant status, English proficiency, and status as economically disadvantaged.  The Act would allow certain LEAs and schools to provide annual interim graduation rate calculations through the 2010-2011 school year.  The Act would require the use of aggregate and disaggregated cumulative graduation rates in determining adequate yearly progress (AYP).  The Act would also require states, LEAs, and schools that have a cumulative graduation rate below 90% overall or for any of the student subgroups, to make specified yearly progress in improving such rate or be deemed as failing to make AYP. [The companion measure is H.R. 1569 by Representative Scott (D-VA).]  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 618.

The Fast Track to College Act of 2009 (S. 627) (110th S. 3508), introduced by Senator Kohl (D-WI) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award matching six-year grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) that partner with institutions of higher education (IHEs) to establish or support dual enrollment programs, such as early college high schools, that allow high school students to earn credit simultaneously toward a high school diploma and a postsecondary degree or certificate.  The Act would also authorize the Secretary to award matching five-year grants to states to: (1) plan and implement statewide strategies to make dual enrollment programs more accessible to students who are underrepresented in postsecondary education; (2) provide technical assistance to dual enrollment programs; and (3) engage in outreach, assessment, and teacher training activities designed to strengthen such programs. [The companion measure is H.R. 1578 by Representative Kildee (D-MI).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 627.

The Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act (S. 634) (110th S. 2173), introduced  by Senator Harkin (D-IA) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to require annual state and local educational agency report cards to include specified information on school health and physical education programs; foster training of physical and health education teachers on improving students' health habits and participation in physical activities; and would call for a study that: (1) assesses the affect health and physical education have on students' ability to learn; and (2) makes recommendations for improving and measuring student health and physical education in schools. [The companion measure is H.R. 1585 by Representative Kind (D-WI).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 634.

The Financial and Economic Literacy Improvement Act of 2009 (S. 638), introduced by Senator Murray (D-WA) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to direct the Secretary of Education to award formula matching grants to states or partnerships between states, experienced nonprofit providers of financial and economic literacy education, and experienced nonprofit providers of teacher training in such fields.  The Act would require grantees to use 25% of the grant funds to: (1) develop financial and economic literacy standards and assessments for at least three grade levels; (2) create teacher training programs to embed financial and economic literacy education into core academic subjects; and (3) evaluate the impact such education has on students' financial and economic literacy.  The Act would foster financial and economic literacy activities in schools and establish a clearinghouse of best practices and materials on the topic.  The Act would also amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to direct the Secretary to award competitive grants to institutions of higher education (IHEs) or partnerships between IHEs, experienced nonprofit providers of financial and economic literacy education, and experienced nonprofit providers of teacher training in such fields for activities that increase student knowledge in consumer, economic, and personal financial concepts. [The companion measure is H.R. 1645 by Representative McCarthy (D-NY).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 638.

The Achievement Through Technology and Innovation (ATTAIN) Act of 2009 (S. 818) (110th S. 1996), introduced by Senator Bingaman (D-NM) would amend Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to rename part D (Achievement through Technology and Innovation) and reauthorize it through FY 2015.  The Act would require states to develop challenging academic content and achievement standards to ensure that students are technologically literate before the end of grade eight. The Act specifies that such standards are only for tracking technological literacy and not for assessing adequate yearly progress (AYP) under Title I.  The Act would require states to establish subgrant programs for LEAs to improve teaching and learning through technology and for systemic school redesign through technology integration. The Act would require LEAs to engage in long-range strategic educational technology planning, teacher training, and technology acquisition to support individualized learning.  The Act would require the Secretary of Education to study, monitor and publish technology literacy results and to sponsor future research on best practices and programs on the topic. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 818.

The Prepare All Kids Act of 2009 (S. 839), introduced by Senator Casey (PA) would amend Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to establish a Prekindergarten Incentive Fund for qualified pre-kindergarten providers to establish, expand, or enhance voluntary high quality full-day pre-kindergarten programs serving children ages three through five.  The Act would also provide for early childhood development programs for children ages zero through three and foster extended early childhood day and year programs. [The companion measure is H.R. 2184 by Representative Maloney (D-NY).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 839.

The No Child Left Inside Act of 2009 (S. 866) (110th S. 1981), introduced by Senator Reed (D-RI) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to offer state grants to develop environmental literacy plans for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 that include environmental education standards, teacher training, and the development of more rigorous environmental education curricula.  The Act would authorize the Secretary to award competitive matching grants to partnerships to improve and support environmental education by advancing content and achievement standards, developing or disseminating innovations or model programs, and conducting research. [The companion measure is H.R. 2054 by Representative Sarbanes (D-MD).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 866.

S. 892, introduced by Senator Menendez (D-NJ) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to authorize the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to educational organizations to carry out proposed or existing Holocaust education programs. [The companion measure is H.R. 2089 by Representative Maloney (D-NY).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 892.

The Secondary School Innovation Fund Act (S. 968), introduced by Senator Reid (D-NV) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to establish a Secondary School Innovation Fund program awarding competitive matching grants for the implementation of innovative strategies to improve the achievement of at-risk students in secondary schools. Innovative strategies include (1) creating multiple education pathways that offer students a range of educational options aligned with their needs and interests and preparing them for postsecondary education and the workforce; (2) giving students access to early college high school or other dual enrollment learning opportunities; (3) using secondary school early warning indicators and intervention systems attuned to the needs of at-risk students; (4) creating expanded learning time opportunities; (5) improving student transitions from middle school to high school or from high school to postsecondary education and the workforce; (6) increasing the autonomy and flexibility of secondary schools; (7) improving rural education through educational technology; (8) improving learning opportunities for students in the middle grades; (9) improving teaching and increasing academic rigor at the secondary school level; and (10) improving community and parental involvement in students' education.  The Act would require the Secretary to disseminate and provide technical assistance on best practices in improving secondary school student achievement.  [The companion measure is H.R. 2239 by Representative Loebsack (D-IA).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 968.

The School and Family Education about the (SAFE) Internet Act of 2009 (S. 1047), introduced by Senator Menendez (D-NJ) would authorize the director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance to make grants to eligible entities to carry out an age-appropriate, research-based Internet safety education program and other activities relating to Internet safety, and would require coordination with the Department of Education and Health and Human Services to complete a study on Internet safety and to provide technical assistance to grant recipients. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1047.

The Rural Education Achievement Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (S. 1052) (110th S. 2051), introduced by Senator Conrad (D-ND) would amend part B (Rural Education Initiative) of Title VI of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to revise the Small, Rural School Achievement program by limiting eligibility to LEAs whose schools are all designated with a school locale code of Fringe Rural, Distant Rural, or Remote Rural, unless located in an area the state defines as rural.  The Act would raise federal grant limits when funds available to implement the program equal or exceed $100 million. The Act would alter LEA eligibility for federal funds under the Rural and Low-Income School program by requiring that: (1) at least 40% of the children ages 5 through 17 that LEAs serve be eligible for a free or reduced price lunch under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act; and (2) all of their schools be designated with a school locale code of Distant Town, Remote Town, Fringe Rural, Distant Rural, or Remote Rural. [The companion measure is H.R. 2446 by Representative Pomeroy (D-ND).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1052.

The School Building Fairness Act of 2009 (S. 1121), introduced by Senator Harkin (D-IA) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to establish competitive grants for school repair, renovation, and construction.  The Act would reserve a portion of grant funds for assistance to outlying or rural areas and Indian schools, schools serving poor children, and schools in need of repair and/or without fiscal capacity to cover repairs, renovation or construction.  The Act would direct states to create databases and create a national study and clearinghouse on school repair, renovation and construction trends. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1121.

The Pathways to College Act (S. 1129), introduced by Senator Durbin (D-IL) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award competitive five-year grants to local educational agencies that serve mostly high-need high schools for programs to increase the number of students from low-income families who attend college. The Act defines "high-need high schools" as those where at least one-half of the students are from low-income families.  Funds would be used to (1) train teachers and counselors to provide students with advice concerning postsecondary education; (2) implement a comprehensive college guidance program for all students which exposes them to postsecondary information and planning assistance before the end of their first semester of high school; (3) ensure that their schools develop comprehensive, school-wide plans of action to strengthen their college-going culture; (4) create or maintain a postsecondary access center in each school that provides information on colleges and universities, career opportunities, and financial aid options; and (5) provide a setting in which professionals working in college access programs can meet with students.  The Act would require technical assistance and evaluation of the grant program’s impact on high school graduation and college attendance.  [The companion measure is H.R. 2579 by Representative Bishop (D-NY).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1129.

The Teachers at the Table Act (S. 1137) (110th S. 2060), introduced by Senator Feingold (D-WI) would amend Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to direct the Secretary of Education to establish the Volunteer Teacher Advisory Committee to monitor the effects of ESEA in classrooms, with its focus solely on children and families.  The Act would require that committee membership consist of a diverse group of public school classroom teachers who are past or present Teachers of the Year and have experience or training in data collection, analysis, and reporting. [The companion measure is H.R. 2624 by Representative McCarthy (D-NY).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1137

The Josh Miller Helping Everyone Access Responsive Treatment in Schools (HEARTS) Act of 2009 (S. 1197) (110th S. 3520), introduced by Senator Voinovich (D-OH) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to direct the Secretary of Education to award matching grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to: (1) purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for use in their schools; and/or (2) provide training to meet the grant requirement that at least five adult employees or volunteers at each school where an AED is to be used successfully complete training in its use and in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  The Act would require LEAs to reform their emergency response procedures, and would prioritize schools that lack AEDs, are heavily populated, or lack access to emergency services or rural emergency funding.  [The companion measure is H.R. 1380 by Representative Sutton (D-OH).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1197.

The Investment in After-School Programs Act of 2009 (S. 1281), introduced by Senator Lincoln (D-AR) would enhance after-school programs in rural areas of the United States by establishing a pilot program to help communities establish and improve rural after-school programs, with an emphasis on high-poverty areas. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1281.

The Financial Literacy for Students Act of 2009 (S. 1339), introduced by Senator Hagan (D-NC) would amend Part V of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to states to: (1) integrate financial literacy education into their public middle and secondary schools; and (2) provide training to financial literacy teachers in such schools.  Would authorize the Secretary to award grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) for the provision of financial literacy training and assistance to parents and students.   Would encourage LEA grantees to partner with community organizations, financial institutions, or local businesses when implementing such program.  Would direct the Secretary and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to coordinate the activities funded under this Act with the activities carried out by any financial education research center operated by a Federal Reserve bank. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1339.

The Success in the Middle Act of 2009 (S. 1362) (110th S. 2227), introduced by Senator Reed (D-RI) would authorize $1 billion per year for states to carry out a plan that shows what students are required to know and do to successfully complete the middle grades and make the transition to succeed in an academically rigorous high school that prepares students for postsecondary education and the workplace; and would provide $100 million per year to develop or adapt effective practices to turn around low-performing middle schools, and to strengthen research focused on the middle grades. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1362.

The Time for Innovation Matters in Education Act of 2009 (S. 1410) (110th S. 3431), introduced by Senator Kennedy (D-MA) would provide grants to LEAs and partnerships for expanded learning time and redesigning schools and programs to improve student achievement through longer school days (at least 300 additional hours), additional school days or a combination of longer school days and additional school days, as well as other methods.  Would require the Secretary to contract with an independent organization to evaluate the Act’s effectiveness.  The bill would require “evidence of an agreement reached between each participating local educational agency and the exclusive recognized representative of the employees of each participating high-need school served by the agency, for employees to work the expanded learning time schedules involved or, where there is no such representative, evidence of an agreement supported (by at least two-thirds) of the employees of each participating high-need school served by the agency, to work the expanded learning time schedules involved.”  [The companion bill is H.R. 3130 by Representative Payne (D-NJ).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1410.

The Keeping Parents and Communities Engaged (Keeping PACE) Act (S.1411) (110th S. 1302), introduced by Senator Kennedy (D-MA) would amend Title V of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to encourage and support parent, family and community involvement in schools, to provide needed integrated services and comprehensive supports to children and to ensure that schools are centers of communities, for the ultimate goal of assisting students to stay in school, become successful learners and improve academic achievement.  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1411.

The School Accountability Improvements Act (S. 1430) (110th S. 1236), introduced by Senator Murkowski (R-AK) would allow states to utilize growth models under AYP; allow schools or districts that miss AYP solely due to either the students with disabilities subgroup and/or the ELL subgroup to implement an improvement plan targeted to those groups and alleviate them from the other AYP consequences; reverses the order of supplemental services and school choice, targets both choice and SES to students who are not proficient, and allows districts in need of improvement to be SES providers; provides flexibility for teachers in small schools to meet the highly qualified teacher rules; provides some flexibility in  meeting AYP for schools which have students enrolled in Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or America Indian language programs; and improves parental involvement provisions. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1430.

The Strengthen and Unite Communities with Civics Education and English Skills Act of 2009 (S. 1478),introduced by Senator Gillibrand (D-CA) would direct the National Institute for Literacy to disseminate information, and the Secretary of Education award grants to states, regarding integrated English literacy, U.S. history, and civics education programs and study the effectiveness of distance learning or self-study programs for English language learners; would amend the ESEA to replace the term “limited English proficiency” with “English language learners”; would foster adult literacy and create awards programs for exceptional organizations and new citizens. [The companion bill is H.R. 3249 by Representative Honda (D-CA).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1478.

The Promoting Innovations to 21st Century Careers Act (S. 1532) (110th S. 3573), introduced by Senator Murray (D-WA)authorize the Director of the National Academic and Career Innovation Center to award certain planning, implementation, transitional, and supplemental grants to state pathways partnerships to carry out activities that will create and enhance educational and career pathways for high school students to postsecondary schools (including registered apprenticeship programs) and to 21st century careers, particularly in high skill, high demand industries; would require the state partnerships to be appointed by state Governors and include representatives from educational, business, labor, workforce, and economic development entities in their respective states; and would establish the National Academic and Career Innovation Center to: (1) support the efforts of the state partnerships and regional partnerships (which are to receive competitive implementation subgrants from state partnerships) to offer career pathways of proven effectiveness; (2) design and conduct performance evaluations of career pathways activities; and (3) administer, oversee, and evaluate all career pathways grants.  [The companion bill is H.R. 3398 by Representative Tierney (D-MA).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1532.

The Asthma Act (S. 1577), introduced by Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) would expand the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program to, among other things, authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make grants to address asthma, and would authorize the Secretary of Education to make grants to LEAs to carry out asthma-related activities at elementary and secondary schools in communities with a significant number of low-income or underserved individuals.  [The companion bill is H.R. 2260 by Representative Lowey (D-NY)] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1577.

The Enhancing Flexibility for Effective Schools Act (110th S. 1913) (S. 1581), introduced by Senator Crapo (R-ID) would allow states to use growth models for purposes of meeting AYP, change the assessment participation rate from 95% to 90%, clarify that the individualized education program of a disabled student shall specify the appropriate assessment and that the proficient scores of up to 3% of all students who take alternate assessments shall be counted for purposes of meeting AYP.  It would also allow local education agencies, on a case by case basis depending on individual student need, to provide three years for English language learners to learn the English language and exempt their content test scores from the AYP calculation of a school.  ELL students must still participate in all assessments.  Finally, the legislation allows schools to target public school choice to those subgroups failing to make AYP, adds provisions to ensure greater oversight of supplemental education services providers, and provides more flexibility for new middle school teachers, as well as special education teachers, in meeting the “highly qualified” requirements. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1581.

The Reengaging Americans in Serious Education by Uniting Programs Act (S. 1608), introduced by Senator Stabenow (D-MI) would direct the Secretary of Labor to award competitive, renewable, five-year grants to eligible partnerships to assist them in providing disadvantaged youth with the support needed to: (1) graduate from secondary school; (2) attain a postsecondary credential, including those offered by institutions of higher education, industry groups, or registered apprenticeship programs; and (3) secure and succeed in a family-supporting career.  Would require each eligible partnership to include broad array of community representatives and would establish an accountability system to measure performance of each grantee.  Would provide for evaluation of program and dissemination of best practices. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1608.

The Full-Service Community Schools Act of 2009 (S. 1655) (110th S. 1391), introduced by Senator Nelson (D-NE) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to: (1) consortia composed of a local educational agency and one or more community-based, nonprofit, or other public or private entities to assist public elementary or secondary schools to function as full-service community schools; and (2) state collaboratives to support the development of full-service community school programs.    The bill would require such schools to: (1) participate in community-based efforts to coordinate educational, developmental, family, health, and other comprehensive services through community-based organizations and public and private partnerships; and (2) provide access to such services to students, families, and the community.  The bill would give local grant priority to consortia that: (1) will serve at least two full-service community schools eligible for schoolwide programs under the Act, and more than one full-service community school as part of a community or districtwide strategy; (2) demonstrate a record of effectiveness in coordinating multiple qualified services; and (3) will be connected to a school and community partnership group that brings together key stakeholders, including teacher unions, across varied sectors to improve results for students and their families.  [The companion bill is H.R. 3545 by Representative Hoyer (D-MD).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1655.

The Graduation Promise Act of 2009 (S. 1698) (110th S. 1185), introduced by Senator Bingaman (D-NM) would authorize the Secretary of Education to make grants to states (and subgrants to LEAs) for differentiated high school improvement systems targeting support to schools with low student achievement and graduation rates after such schools fail for two consecutive years to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) pursuant to state academic performance standards. The bill would prioritize states with low graduation rates and a high percentage of students attending low-income LEAs.  The bill requires state grantees to establish comprehensive school performance indicators and minimum annual improvement benchmarks to analyze school performance and determine the improvement category into which a school is placed.  Subgrantees must categorize each of their schools that fail to make AYP for two consecutive years as needing targeted intervention, whole school reforms, or replacement; convene a local school improvement team for each of such schools that will use performance indicators, AYP measures, and other relevant data to conduct a school needs assessment and develop a multiyear school improvement plan tailored to the school's need categorization; and support the successful implementation of such plans and district-wide high school improvement strategies.  The bill would authorize the Secretary to award competitive grants to LEAs, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education to develop and implement, or replicate, effective secondary school models for struggling students and dropouts.  [The companion bill is H.R. 4181 by Representative Hinojosa (D-TX).]
Note: NEA generally supports this bill but has concerns about the school improvement strategies language, especially the school “replacement” option.  School improvement strategies must have strong language requiring local collaboration and determination of improvement strategies and protecting collective bargaining rights of employees. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1698.

The Student Attendance Success Act of 2009 (S. 1708), introduced by Senator Klobuchar (D-MN) would establish a grant program to prevent truancy and would amend the ESEA to create a national definition of truancy defined as 3 consecutive days for an elementary school student and 3 or more class periods in 3 consecutive days for middle or secondary school students (except if the absence was excused or mandated by the school).  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1708.

The Post-9/11 Troops to Teachers Enhancement Act (S. 1932), introduced by Senator McCain (R-AZ) would amend the Troops-to-Teachers program of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (which provides veterans with teacher certification stipends in exchange for three years of service in a high-need local educational agency [LEA] or public charter school) to expand program eligibility to cover certain individuals: (1) who, on or after September 11, 2001, serve at least 90 continuous days on active duty in the Armed Forces before being honorably released from such service; or (2) who, on or after January 8, 2002, are separated or released from active duty after at least four (currently, six) years of continuous active duty immediately preceding such separation or release, and agree to serve in the Armed Forces Reserves for at least three years. [The companion bill is H.R. 3943 by Representative Courtney (D-CT).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1932.

The Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) Act (S. 2740), introduced by Senator Murray (D-WA) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to states (and subgrants to LEAs) for comprehensive planning to improve the literacy of children from birth through grade 12.  Grant activities would cover birth to 12th grade and prioritize jurisdictions with a significant number or percentage of underperforming schools and high need areas. State activities may include technical assistance to subgrantees, coordinating literacy programs and resources throughout the state, disseminating information on promising literacy programs, and enhancing the credentials of literacy instructors.  [The companion bill is H.R. 4037 by Representative Yarmuth (D-KY).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 2740.

Rosa’s Law (S. 2781), introduced by Senator Mikulski (D-MD) would amend references in ESEA, IDEA and elsewhere to “mental retardation” by instead referring to “intellectual disabilities.” See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 2781.

The After School Partnerships Improve Results in Education (ASPIRE) Act (S. 2785) (see 110th H.R. 6928), introduced by Senator Lincoln (D-AR) would direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive matching grants to partnerships, composed of a state or local educational agency (LEA) and at least one college or nonprofit, community, tribal, business, labor, or career technical student organization, for the development of national model afterschool interdisciplinary education programs for secondary school students.  The bill would prioritize programs targeting a high percentage of impoverished, struggling, or rural students and their families.  Programs must include (1) at least one activity in mathematics and science education, language arts, writing, and reading, or history, geography, or social studies; and (2) at least one activity involving career technical education, business and entrepreneurial education, health and wellness, the environment and conservation, or arts and music education. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 2785.

The Fostering Success in Education Act (S. 2801), introduced by Senator Franken (D-MN) would require each state receiving school improvement funds Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to ensure that its foster care children have the right to: (1) continue attending the school they were in when placed in foster care or before a change in such placement (school of origin), unless it is determined to be in the child's best interest to be immediately enrolled in a different school; (2) immediate enrollment in a new school in their school attendance area; (3) well-maintained school records that are available in a timely manner; (4) equal access to the same education and opportunities as other students attending the school or school district; and (5) free transportation to and from their school.  The bill would include preschool children as beneficiaries of such rights, with respect to preschool programs.  States and agencies would be required to collaborate and come up with an effective compliance system.  LEAs serving a foster child's school of origin would be required to make an expedited decision on whether it is in the foster child's best interest to attend such school or be immediately enrolled in a new school in the child's school attendance area, unless the state decides that the decision is to be made solely by the dependency court or state or local child welfare agency. The bill would require that states have fair and impartial procedures to resolve school selection disputes promptly.  Parties who claim that their rights under this Act have been violated may bring a civil action in the appropriate U.S. district court.  State grantees would be required to (1) implement a Secretary-approved state foster care and education plan for satisfying this Act's requirements; and (2) establish a Stakeholder Council that monitors, and makes recommendations regarding, plan implementation.  The bill would amend part E (Foster Care and Adoption Assistance) of title IV of the Social Security Act to require state child welfare agencies to arrange for, provide, or pay the cost of the transportation necessary for foster children to remain in the school they attended at the time of their placement.  The bill would require state and local child welfare and educational agencies to collaborate in eliminating barriers to the educational stability, enrollment, and success of foster children. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 2801.

A bill to amend part D of Title V of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to provide grants to schools for the development of asthma management plans and the purchase of asthma inhalers and spacers for emergency use, as necessary (S. 2817), introduced by Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to schools that are receiving school improvement funds under Title I, Part A of the ESEA and are located in areas that have a high prevalence of asthma so they can: (1) develop and implement an asthma management plan; and (2) purchase the asthma inhalers, spacers, and other supplies necessary for the relief and treatment of affected students.  The bill would require grantees to: (1) find innovative ways to encourage rapid bidirectional communication between schools and students' physicians and students' adherence to asthma treatment; and (2) ensure that they have on staff a nurse or individual who is trained to administer emergency asthma care. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 2817.

The Facilitating Outstanding Classrooms Using Size (FOCUS) Act (S. 2887) (110th S. 2122), introduced by Senator Murray (D-WA) would amend Title V of the ESEA to require the Secretary of Education to award formula grants to states for allocation to their local educational agencies (LEAs) to: (1) reduce class size, particularly in the early elementary grades, by using highly qualified teachers; and (2) create a continuum of small classes from kindergarten through third grade for all their students.  The bill would permit LEAs to use such funds to recruit highly qualified teachers, test new teachers, and provide professional development that enables teachers to teach effectively in their content areas.  The bill requires that 80 percent of an LEA's allocation to be based on its proportion of the state's low-income students, with the remainder based on its proportion of the state's enrolled students.  The bill requires LEAs that receive allocations to provide written notice to the parent of each child who is taught for two or more consecutive weeks by a substitute teacher or a teacher who is not highly qualified. The bill directs the Secretary to: (1) provide for an independent evaluation of this Act's effectiveness in reducing class size and improving teaching in small classrooms; and (2) develop and maintain, through the National Center for Education Statistics, a database that accurately calculates class size for every school, school district, and state.  The bill amends the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 to require the National Center for Education Research, in the Institute of Education Sciences, to develop and maintain a web-based National Clearinghouse on Class Size to inform the public regarding class size reduction research, resources, and best practices. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 2887.

S. 2896, the School Principal Recruitment and Training Act of 2009 by Senator Franken (D-MN) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to direct the Secretary of Education to award renewable five-year matching grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) and certain educational or nonprofit entities that partner with LEAs to recruit, support, and train principals for service in high-need schools.  The bill requires grantees to: (1) recruit, select, and provide training to individuals who are or aspire to be principals in high-need schools, agree to serve for at least four years in such schools, and work to ensure that student academic achievement in their schools improves substantially within three to six years; (2) provide aspiring principals with a pre-service residency for at least one year that focuses on instructional leadership and organizational management and is followed by ongoing training for at least two years after their residency ends and school leadership begins; and (3) deliver high-quality, differentiated, school-level support services that meet the specific needs of high-need schools led by individuals that are receiving or have received training pursuant to this Act.  The bill would direct the Secretary to prioritize high-quality evaluation systems as well as research and information sharing regarding best practices on principal recruitment, selection, and training for high-need schools, principal effectiveness standards, and system-wide supports and policies that foster effective actions among principals. [The companion bill is H.R. 4354 by Representative Davis (D-CA).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 2896.

The Improving 21st Century Community Learning Centers Act of 2010 (S. 3061), introduced by Senator Dodd would amend the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program under Title IV of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to include the provision of service learning and nutrition education and, in place of recreation programs, physical fitness and wellness programs, among the activities for which community learning centers will receive funding.  The bill would raise from 3% to 5% the percentage of program funds a state may use for monitoring, evaluating, and providing training and technical assistance to community learning center grantees.  The bill would make community learning center grants renewable for a period of between three and five years.(D-CT). See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 3061.

The Equity in Excellence Act of 2010 (S. 3086), introduced by Senator Dodd (D-CT) would amend Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to establish an Equity in Excellence Grant program authorizing the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to eligible entities for efforts to ensure that the academic achievement rates of high-achieving students in grades one through four in high-need local educational agencies (LEAs) do not fall behind the achievement rates of their more advantaged, high-achieving peers.  Eligible grantees include (1) high-need LEAs; (2) consortia of LEAs that include high-need LEAs; and (3) partnerships composed of high-need LEAs and institutions of higher education or nonprofits that have expertise in educating gifted students.  Grant funds must be used to (1) ensure that assessments provide diagnostic information that informs the instruction of high-achieving students; (2) implement evidence-based, innovative educational strategies, such as enrichment programs and academic acceleration strategies; (3) procure or use high-quality instructional materials; (4) train school personnel involved in teaching high-achieving students from impoverished families; and (5) conduct education and training for such students' parents that supports their children's excellence. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 3086.

The Measuring and Evaluating Trends for Reliability, Integrity and Continued Success (METRICS) Act (S. 3204), introduced by Senator. Brown (D-OH) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to states to improve access to and sharing and use of education data to improve student outcomes.  The bill would require state grantees to have or be in the process of implementing integrated statewide education longitudinal data systems that link individual students' early childhood, elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education and workforce data over time.  The bill would requires the use of grant funds to: (1) expand the ability of the data systems to link such data and do so across state agencies; (2) improve opportunities to access, analyze, and use data from such systems; and (3) build the capacity of teachers, leaders, parents, students, researchers, and the public to use longitudinal data for effective decision-making.  The bill would offer competitive grants to high-need LEAs to develop and implement a comprehensive plan for using data to: (1) provide teachers, leaders, parents, students, researchers, and the public with access to student education data in a manner that respects student and teacher privacy; (2) coordinate with state efforts to build integrated statewide longitudinal data systems; (3) regularly analyze and share student education data with school personnel, parents, and students; (4) train teachers and school leaders to use such data effectively; (5) ensure that source data used at the local level is consistent with source data used to report indicators as required by state or federal law; and (6) provide training that addresses the use of data collection software, privacy policies, data integrity issues, report planning, and processes.  [The companion bill is HR 5024 by Representative Holt (D-NJ).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 3204.

The No Child Left Behind Flexibility and Improvements Act (S. 3316) (110th S. 562), introduced by Senator Collins (R-ME) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to revise requirements relating to annual yearly progress (AYP) of students and schools, statewide and local accountability systems, special education, limited English proficiency students, funding levels and academic assessment deferrals, highly qualified teachers, and reading activities.  The bill would authorize the Secretary of Education to modify an AYP timeline and allow states to use: (1) additional types of statewide models and systems for measuring all students' progress and (2) alternative assessments, designated by their individualized education program plan teams, for students with disabilities.  The bill would give states an option to include as limited English proficiency students, until they complete secondary school, those formerly in such subgroup who have subsequently acquired English proficiency.  The bill would permit use of local assessments in measuring AYP and increase tthe levels of ESEA funding which must be reached before states are not allowed certain deferrals of academic assessments.  The bill would add options for deeming teachers of multiple academic subjects as highly qualified, and for general social studies certification.  The bill would reauthorize the Reading First and Early Reading First programs through FY2015.Note: NEA supports reauthorizing the Reading First program until it is replaced by provisions of the LEARN Act (S. 2740). See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 3316.

The Student Nondiscrimination Act of 2010 (S. 3390), introduced by Senator Franken (D-MN) would prohibit public school students from being excluded from participating in, or subject to discrimination under, any federally-assisted educational program on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity or that of their associates.  The bill includes harassment as a form of discrimination, protects against retaliation against those opposing unlawful conduct, and establishes a right of action in a judicial proceeding for aggrieved individuals. [The companion bill is H.R. 4530 by Representative Polis (D-CO).]  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 3390.

The Lead Act (S. 3469),  introduced by Senator Bennet (D-CO) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to direct the Secretary of Education to award a competitive grant to a partnership between a nonprofit organization and an institution of higher education (IHE) to establish a school leadership academy, and thereafter school leadership “centers of excellence,” that develop and provide evidence-based leadership training to school leaders (turnaround leaders) and their supporting mentors (turnaround mentors) to transform and improve turnaround schools.  The bill would define "turnaround schools" as schools that are subject to corrective action or restructuring under the ESEA or are secondary schools that have a graduation rate below 60%.  Leadership training participants at the academy and the centers of excellence would receive a stipend for participating and agree to serve for at least four years at turnaround schools. [The companion bill is H.R. 5495 by Representative Payne (D-NJ).]  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 3469.

The Teachers Professional Development Institutes Act (S. 3498) (110th S. 2212), introduced by Senator Lieberman (I-CT) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to establish and operate Teacher Institutes, i.e., a partnership or joint venture between one or more IHEs and one or more LEAs serving one or more schools with significant low-income populations that is established to improve the quality of teaching and learning through collaborative seminars.  [The companion bill is H.R. 5556 by Representative DeLauro (D-CT).]  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 3498.

The Sandy Feldman Kindergarten Plus Act of 2010 (S. 3557), introduced by Senator Dodd (D-CT) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to states to provide Kindergarten Plus (K+) programs of voluntary full days of kindergarten during the summer before and the summer after their traditional kindergarten school year.  K+  teachers and paraprofessionals would have to meet HQT requirements in ESEA or have comparable education and experience.  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 3557.

The No Child Left Behind Reform Act (S. 3558) (110th S. 1194),  introduced by Senator Dodd (D-CT) would give states flexibility to use additional academic indicators in addition to test scores to measure AYP and allow using test scores in growth models to measure student achievement.  It also would target school choice and supplemental educational services to students in specific subgroups that fall short of AYP targets.  It also provides additional flexibility, particularly for middle school teachers, in meeting the highly qualified teacher requirements, by allowing broad-based social studies and science certifications. Finally, it creates a new grant program for states and school districts to improve data systems needed to measure AYP.  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 3558.

The Mentoring America’s Children Act of 2009 (S. 3559) (110th S. 1812), introduced by Senator Dodd (D-CT) would broaden the reach of the mentoring program in Title IV of ESEA to include specific populations of young people who could particularly benefit from a mentor's involvement, including children in foster care and kids in communities with a high rate of youth suicides, gang involvement, drug use or parent incarceration. It also provides training and technical assistance to grantees, tracks youth outcomes, strengthens research on the effects of mentoring, and improves the sustainability of grant recipients. Finally, it allows students to gain professional skills while working with mentors by establishing internship programs during the school year.  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 3559.

The Developing Innovative Partnerships and Learning Opportunities that Motivate Achievement (DIPLOMA) Act (S. 3595), introduced by Senator Brown, S. (D-OH) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award renewable five year grants to states and, through them, subgrants to local consortia that include a local educational agency (LEA) and other community partners to: (1) ensure the academic, physical, social, emotional, and civic development of disadvantaged youth; and (2) strengthen their families and communities.  The bill would require that each state grantee to develop and implement a state child and youth strategy that assesses children's needs and the assets within the state that can be mobilized, coordinated, and integrated to achieve quantifiable progress toward goals that include ensuring that: (1) children are ready for school; (2) students are engaged and achieving in school; (3) students are physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally healthy; (4) schools and neighborhoods are safe and provide a positive climate for learning; (5) families are supportive and engaged in their children's education; (6) students are ready for postsecondary education and 21st Century careers; and (7) students are contributing to their communities. [The companion bill is H.R. 6229 by Representative Chu (D-CA).]  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 3595.

A bill to direct the Secretary of Education to establish and administer an awards program recognizing excellence exhibited introduced by public school system employees providing services to students in pre-kindergarten through higher education, (S. 3645) introduced by Senator Murray (D-WA), would direct the Secretary of Education to award National Classified School Employees of the Year Awards to public school employees within certain occupational specialties who provide exemplary service to students in pre-kindergarten through higher education.  The Act would require the Secretary to choose an awardee each year, out of nominations received from each state, from each of the following occupational specialties: (1) paraprofessionals; (2) clerical and administrative services; (3) transportation services; (4) food and nutrition services; (5) custodial and maintenance services; (6) security services; (7) health and student services; (8) technical services; and (9) skilled trades. [The companion bill is H.R. 2377 by Representative Titus (D-NV).]  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 3645.

A bill to provide professional development for elementary school principals in early childhood education and development (S. 3658),  introduced by Senator Udall (D-CO) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to authorize the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to partnerships to: (1) provide high quality professional development to elementary school principals in early childhood education and development; (2) gain a knowledge base and capacity to provide high quality early childhood education; and (3) collaborate with early childhood education providers, services providers, and families in creating a continuum of high quality development and learning for children in the community and school settings.  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 3658.

A bill to establish within the Department of Education the Innovation Inspiration school grant program, and for other purposes (S. 3732),  introduced by Senator Shaheen (D-NH), would authorize the Secretary of Education to award competitive matching grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to: (1) promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in secondary schools; (2) support the participation of secondary school students in nonprofit robotics or STEM competitions; and (3) broaden secondary school students' access to STEM careers.  The bill would give priority to grant applications that address the needs of: (1) rural or urban schools; (2) low-performing schools or school districts; or (3) LEAs or schools that serve at least 10,000 children from low-income families or a student population at least 20% of which are from low-income families.  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 3732.

The Achievement through Prevention Act (S. 3733), introduced by Senator Bennet (D-CO) would amend Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to allow states, local educational agencies, and schools to use school improvement funds to implement school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports and early intervening services and coordinate them with similar activities carried out under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  The bill would also amend Title I, Part D of the ESEA to require states that receive funds for the education of neglected or delinquent children or youth to use positive behavioral interventions and supports and early intervening services to improve such students' academic performance and reduce their need for discipline.  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 3733.

The  Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2010 S. 3739 (see 110th H.R. 3132),  introduced by Senator Casey (D-PA) would amend the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to include and enhance requirements and prevention programs related to bullying and harassment.  [The companion bill is H.R. 2262 by Representative Sanchez (D-CA).]  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 3739.

The Families and Communities Involved in Improving Our Schools Act (S. 3769),  introduced by Senator Feingold (D-WI) would amend Title I of ESEA to require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving school improvement funds to engage families and community members in the selection, development, and implementation of measures to improve the performance of schools identified as needing improvement, corrective action, or restructuring due to their failure to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) toward state academic performance standards.  The bill would direct the Secretary of Education to issue regulations that detail research-based family and community engagement strategies that LEAs and schools may utilize with school improvement funds.  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 3769.

The  Flexibility and Innovation in Education Act (S. 3770),  introduced by Senator Feingold (D-WI) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to allow states, with the Secretary of Education's approval, to use academic indicators, in addition to annual student academic assessments, to determine which schools and local educational agencies need improvement, corrective action, or restructuring due to their failure to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) toward state academic performance standards. (Currently, the use of such indicators may not result in a reduction in the number of schools identified as needing improvement, corrective action, or restructuring.)  The bill would require the academic assessments to represent at least 50% of the factors used in measuring AYP.  The bill would allow states to: (1) measure AYP in terms of adequate yearly growth, thereby requiring students to meet academic growth rather than proficiency standards; (2) use other assessments that are valid and reliable in addition to the required academic assessments; and (3) conduct their academic assessments once during grade spans 3 through 5, 6 through 8, and 9 through 12.  The bill would require each state that measures AYP in terms of student academic growth to protect the privacy of information in their statewide education data systems.  The bill would amend peer review provisions to: (1) require each peer review panel to include representatives of specified education stakeholders; (2) ensure the consistency of peer review decisions from state to state; and (3) provide states with feedback, and the public with information, regarding such decisions.  The bill would require states to disaggregate graduation rate data on their annual report cards by student subgroups.  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 3770.

The Improving Student Testing Act of 2010 (S. 3771) (110th S. 2053),  introduced by Senator Feingold (D-WI) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to allow states to use a formula grant for the development and administration of the student academic achievement assessments, used in determining whether local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools are making adequate yearly progress (AYP) toward student proficiency, to design and implement additional high-quality and innovative assessments.  The bill would also replace the program providing competitive grants to states for enhanced assessment instruments with a program awarding competitive grants to states and LEAs to design and implement high-quality and innovative assessments that measure higher-order thinking skills, align with academic content and achievement standards, and create multiple measures that: (1) serve federal and state accountability purposes; (2) improve classroom instruction; and (3) provide timely and meaningful feedback to students, teachers, principals, and parents.  Allowable assessments funded under both programs include (1) performance assessments, measuring students' ability to apply knowledge and skills; (2) technology-based assessments, using technology to develop, administer, and score the assessment; (3) through-course assessments, testing students throughout the school year and resulting in a summative score for the year; (4) adaptive assessments, administering questions to students based on their previous answers; (5) formative assessments, integrated into classroom instruction; (6) interim assessments, given at regular and specified intervals throughout the school year; and (7) alternative assessments for students with disabilities and English language learners.  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of (S. 3771).

The Effective STEM Teaching and Learning Act of 2010 (S. 3883), introduced by Senator Begich (D-AK) would replace the Mathematics and Science Partnership program under Part B of Title II of ESEA with a program providing competitive grants to states to improve preschool through grade 12 education in: (1) mathematics or science, or both; and (2) at the state's discretion, technology or engineering, or both.  The bill would require state grantees to use: (1) up to 20% their grant for certain state-level science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities, including the development, implementation, or improvement of a comprehensive state STEM plan; and (2) the bulk of their grant for competitive subgrants to high-need local educational agencies (LEAs), partnerships between such LEAs and institutions of higher education or nonprofit organizations, or educational service agencies proposing to serve such LEAs.  The bill would authorize the Secretary of Education to reserve a portion of Title II Part B funds to award competitive, capacity-building grants to states that do not receive a STEM improvement grant under Part B.  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 3883. 

The Diverse Teachers Recruitment Act of 2010 (S.3891), introduced by Senator Burris (D-IL) would amend ESEA to direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive matching grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) or nonprofits, educational service agencies, institutions of higher education, or states that enter into partnerships with such LEAs for: (1) recruiting individuals from underrepresented groups as public elementary and secondary school teachers; and (2) providing training and retention incentives to public elementary and secondary school teachers, preferably teachers from underrepresented groups.  The bill would prohibit grants to applicants that do not serve schools that have difficulty recruiting, training, and retaining individuals from underrepresented groups as teachers.  The bill gives priority to LEAs that serve the most high-need schools and those that serve schools with high concentrations of poor, minority, disabled, or limited English proficient students.  The bill requires the Secretary to evaluate the success of the grantees and compile a database of best practices for recruiting, training, and retaining individuals from underrepresented groups as public elementary and secondary school teachers.  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 3891. 

To amend title VIII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to require the Secretary of Education to complete payments under such title to local educational agencies eligible for such payments within 3 fiscal years (S. 3914), introduced by Senator Murray (D-WA) would amend Title VIII (Impact Aid) of the ESEA to require the Secretary of Education to complete Impact Aid payments to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) within three fiscal years of their appropriation. (The Impact Aid program compensates LEAs for the financial burden of federal activities affecting their school districts.)  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 3914.

House

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) (H.R. 1), introduced by Representative Obey (D-WI) would make supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, stabilize state and local fiscal coffers, and provide funding for education (including Title I, ESEA, IDEA, state technology grants, Impact Aid, school construction bonds, state improvement and innovation grants, and higher education Pell grants); requires states to make assurances that it will develop longitudinal systems and comply with other NCLB provisions related to equity in teacher distribution, assessments (including those for ELL students and students with disabilities), and supporting schools that are in corrective action or restructuring. Companion measure: S.1 by Senator Reid (D-NV). See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1. Status: Became Public Law No. 111-5 on February 17, 2009

The Eating Disorders Awareness, Prevention, and Education Act of 2009 (H.R. 26) (110th H.R 88), introduced by Representative Biggert (R-IL) would amend Title V of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act by making as an allowable use of funds programs to improve the identification of students with eating disorders, increase awareness of such disorders among parents and students, and train educators on effective eating disorder prevention and assistance methods, as well as mandate a study on the impact eating disorders have on educational advancement and achievement. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 26.

Green Schools Act (H.R. 58), introduced by Representative Kirk (R-IL) would provide local educational agencies with federal grants and low-interest financing options to fund environmentally friendly school construction and improvement projects. The measure would create a new Environmental Protection Agency grant program to award matching grants to local educational agencies for construction and modernization projects that reduce energy consumption, conserve natural resources and promote healthy indoor environments. The bill would reauthorize the Qualified Zone Academy Bond program, allowing low-income communities to issue federal tax credit bonds to finance school improvement projects until 2013. The measure would stipulate that school improvement projects that do not reduce energy consumption, conserve natural resources or promote healthy indoor environments would not be eligible for Qualified Zone Academy Bond financing. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 58.

H.R. 178 (110th H.R 209), A bill to authorize the appropriation of funds to be used to recruit, hire and train 100,000 new classroom paraprofessionals in order to improve educational achievement for children, introduced by Representative Serrano (D-NY) would authorize $1 billion for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014 to recruit, hire, and train 100,000 new classroom paraprofessionals in order to improve educational achievement for children. Up to 25 percent of the funds would be used to provide professional development to paraprofessionals. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 178.

David Ray Ritcheson Hate Crime Prevention Act (H.R. 262), introduced by Representative Jackson Lee (D-TX) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to local educational agencies and higher education institutions to improve and provide programs related to hate crimes. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 262.


Universal Prekindergarten Act (H.R. 555),
introduced by Representative Kucinich (D-OH) would assist states in establishing a universal prekindergarten program to ensure that all children 3, 4 and 5 years old have access to a high-quality full-day, full-calendar-year prekindergarten education. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 555.

The Achievement Through Technology and Innovation (ATTAIN) Act of 2009 (H.R. 558) (110th H.R 2449), introduced by Representative Roybal-Allard (D-CA) would revamp the Enhancing Education Through Technology program (Title II-D of NCLB) by focusing funds on professional development and systemic reform programs with strong technology components, prioritizing funding to schools in need of improvement, and requiring states to assess whether students have attained technological literacy by the eighth grade. It would strengthen the program’s emphasis on teacher quality and technology skills by raising the portion of formula-grants set aside for professional development from 25 percent to 40 percent, while emphasizing the importance of timely and ongoing training. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 558.

School Building Enhancement Act (H.R. 579), introduced by Representative Holt (D-NJ) would provide for grants from the Secretary of Education to state and local educational agencies for EnergySmart schools and Energy Star programs. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 579.

The Access to Complete Education Act (H.R 597) (110th H.R 3606), introduced by Representative Woolsey (D-CA) would amend Title I of the ESEA to provide grants for core curriculum development in order to strengthening the instruction of music and arts, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, history, geography, and physical education and health as an integral part of the elementary and secondary school curriculum. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 597.


The Assessment Accuracy and Improvement Act (H.R. 655)
(110th H.R 3979), introduced by Representative Petri (R-WI)would amend Section 1111 of the ESEA to allow States to use adaptive assessments (rather than the assessments otherwise required by NCLB) that accurately assess student achievement above and below grade level while also measuring grade-level performance. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 655.

The Providing Resources Early for Kids (PRE-K) Act of 2009 (H.R. 702) (110th H.R 3289), introduced by Representative Hirono (D-HI) would provide $1 billion in grants per year from fiscal year 2010 through 2014 to enhance or improve state-funded preschool programs to increase the number of teachers with baccalaureate degrees and teachers aides with associate degrees, increase the compensation or benefits for staff, decrease group size in classrooms, improve the teacher-to-student ratios in classrooms, provide comprehensive services that support healthy child development and positive child outcomes, extend the number of hours per day or weeks per year of program operations, improve the state’s system for monitoring the quality of the programs, provide opportunities for intensive and on-going research- and evidence-based professional development, renovate existing facilities, and improve the early learning environments for children from birth to age three. Funds may not be used for purposes of assessments that reward or sanction children or teachers. States would be divided into two categories, “qualified” or “selected.” Those deemed “qualified” —those that currently operate preschool programs that meet certain standards in the bill — would be eligible to receive formula funding based on the proportion of children from families at or below the poverty line. “Selected” states —those without any state-funded preschool programs or those with programs that do not meet quality requirements — would be eligible for competitive grants, also based on the proportion of poor children they serve. “Qualified” states would have to match 30 percent of the grant award, and “selected” states would have to match 50 percent of the grant. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 702.

Phylicia's Law (H.R. 729) (110th H.R 4265), introduced by Representative Rothman (D-NJ) would amend the Safe and Drug-Free Schools program in Title IV of ESEA to help keep students safe by requiring school districts receiving funds under this program to provide an assurance that before every off-premises, overnight field trip, a written safety plan is developed by the school sponsoring the trip and provided to the parents of the children concerned. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 729. Status: Passed in House as amended on 6/15/09.

Student Internet Safety Act of 2009 (H.R. 780), introduced by Representative Putnam (R-FL) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to promote the safe use of the Internet by students by educating about online behavior, reducing cyberbullying and increasing parent involvement. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 780. Status: Passed House as amended on 6/16/09.

The Rural Education Equality and Improvement Act of 2009 (H.R. 825) (110th H.R 1166), introduced by Representative Marshall (D-GA) would extend the same level of increased flexibility granted to any rural LEA to all rural LEAs under part A of Title I of the ESEA in order to meet the “highly qualified” teacher requirements and other provisions of NCLB. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 825.

The Mentoring America's Children Act of 2009 (H.R. 913) (110th H.R 2611), introduced by Representative Davis (D-CA) would reauthorize the student mentoring program in ESEA (Sec. 4130) by increasing the availability and quality of the grants, and expanding the allowable uses to include improving outcomes of children by improving their school connectedness, decreasing absenteeism, and increasing academic performance. It also authorizes the Department of Education to conduct high-quality research into successful school-based mentoring programs. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 913.

The Student Privacy Protection Act of 2009, (H.R. 1091) (110th H.R 1346), introduced by Representative Honda (D-CA) would amend NCLB so that a parent must provide written consent for the release of student directory information to military recruiters instead of the current requirement that school districts provide student directory information to military recruiters unless the parent or the student affirmatively opts out of the release of such information. Related bills that NEA opposes are: S. 87 by Senator Vitter (R-LA) and H.R 1026 by Representative Hunter (R-CA). See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1091.

The Keep Our Promises to America’s Children and Teachers (PACT) Act (H.R. 1102) (110th H.R 627), introduced by Representative Van Hollen (D-MD) would require full funding of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Act. It provides the financial amounts necessary to fully fund ESEA/NCLB programs though the 2014 fiscal year, and provides mandatory full funding for IDEA. Note: the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) on February 17, 2009 does not necessarily change the operation of this bill; for each fiscal year, the bill simply calls for extra funding amounts equaling the difference between the appropriated amount and the maximum authorized amount for funding for NCLB. Because of ARRA, during fiscal years 2009 and 2010, the extra funding amount mandated by this bill would be much smaller than it would have been without ARRA. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1102.

The Parents’ Right to Know Improvement Act (H.R. 1156) (110th H.R 6292), introduced by Representative Heller (R-NV) would require local educational agencies (LEAs) to notify the parents of each student at the beginning of each school year that they will provide the parents, upon request, with timely information regarding the professional qualifications of their child's specialized instructional support persons. (This is in addition to the current requirement that LEAs provide parents, upon request, with information regarding the professional qualifications of their child's classroom teachers.) Defines "specialized instructional support persons “as school counselors, social workers, psychologists, or other qualified professionals providing services that are part of a comprehensive program to meet student needs.” See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1156.

The Keep Teachers Teaching Act of 2009 (H.R. 1161) (110th H.R 2903), introduced by Representative Price (D-NC) would provide grants for innovative teacher retention programs, including professional development; teacher mentoring; advanced certification or advanced credentialing; research, travel, or fellowship opportunities; and pairing of teachers with professionals in research or industry. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1161.

The Families Learning and Understanding English Together Act of 2009 (H.R. 1224) (110th H.R 1794), introduced by Representative Grijalva (D-AZ) would authorize $50 million per year from fiscal years 2010 through 2014 in grants to family literacy providers to provide family literacy services designed for families with limited English proficient individuals. Such services would include: interactive literacy activities between parents and their children; training for parents regarding how to be the primary teacher for their children and full partners in the education of their children; parent literacy training that leads to economic self-sufficiency; and an age-appropriate education to prepare children for success in school and life experiences. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1224.

Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act (H.R. 1240), introduced by Representative Van Hollen (MD) would improve and expand geographic literacy among kindergarten through grade 12 students in the United States by improving professional development programs for kindergarten through grade 12 teachers offered through institutions of higher education. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1240.

The Troops to Teachers Improvement Act of 2009 (H.R. 1313) (110th H.R 711), introduced by Representative Petri (R-WI) would amend the Troops to Teachers program in ESEA so that any LEA receiving funding under ESEA Title I Part A or a public charter school as defined in Section 2102 is eligible for a Troops to Teachers participant. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1313.

The Student Support Act (H.R 1338) (110th H.R 171), introduced by Representative Lee (D-CA) would amend the ESEA to authorize $100 million per year from fiscal years 2010 through 2018 for grants to states for assistance in hiring additional school-based mental health and student service providers. It would reduce the ratios of school-based mental health and student service providers to students in elementary and secondary schools to the minimum ratios recommended by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, provide school-based mental health and student services, remove emotional, behavioral, and psychosocial barriers to learning, and support school staff and teachers in improving classroom management by conducting behavioral intervention. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1338.

The Increased Student Achievement Through Increased Student Support Act (H.R 1361) (110th H.R 6654), introduced by Representative Towns (D-NY) would increase the recruitment and retention of school counselors, school social workers, and school psychologists through competitive, renewable, five-year grants to partnerships between low-income local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools offering graduate programs in school counseling, social work, or psychology to increase the number of program graduates employed by low-income LEAs. Allows the use of grant funds to: (1) provide program graduate students with field training at partnership LEA schools; (2) contribute to program graduates' salaries at such schools for up to three years after they graduate; (3) increase the number of school counselors, social workers, and psychologists per student in such schools; (4) enhance the capacity of partnership graduate schools to train such professionals; (5) develop course work designed to facilitate such graduates' service to low-income LEAs and at-risk students; and (6) provide tuition credits to such graduate students and student loan forgiveness to program graduates employed as school counselors, social workers, or psychologists by low-income LEAs for at least five years. It also directs the Secretary to establish a program providing student loan forgiveness to non-participants in this Act's grant program who have been employed for at least five years as school counselors, social workers, or psychologists by low-income LEAs. The companion measure is S. 538 by Senator Lincoln (D-Ark.). See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1361.


Josh Miller Helping Everyone Access Responsive Treatment in Schools (Josh Miller HEARTS) Act of 2009 (H.R 1380)
(110th H.R 4926), introduced by Representative Sutton (D-OH) would establish a grant program for automated external defibrillators in elementary and secondary schools. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1380. Status: Passed in House without amendment on 6/2/09.

The Every Student Counts Act (H.R. 1569) (110th H.R. 2955), introduced by Representative Scott (D-VA) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to require, beginning by the 2010-2011 school year, states, local educational agencies (LEAs), and secondary schools annually to include on the report cards required under Title I of the Act: (1) their four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate; (2) their cumulative graduation rate; (3) the number and percentage of students graduating in more than four years with a regular secondary school diploma; (4) the number and percentage of students who have been removed from the adjusted cohort; (5) the number and percentage of students from each previous adjusted cohort who remain in secondary school after four years; and (6) the percentage of secondary school students in each grade, except the graduating grade, prepared to advance to the next grade.  The Act would also require such data to be disaggregated by race, ethnicity, gender, disability status, migrant status, English proficiency, and status as economically disadvantaged.  The Act would allow certain LEAs and schools to provide annual interim graduation rate calculations through the 2010-2011 school year.  The Act would require the use of aggregate and disaggregated cumulative graduation rates in determining adequate yearly progress (AYP).  The Act would also require states, LEAs, and schools that have a cumulative graduation rate below 90% overall or for any of the student subgroups, to make specified yearly progress in improving such rate or be deemed as failing to make AYP. [The companion measure is S. 618 by Senator Harkin (D-IA).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1569.

The Fast Track to College Act of 2009 (H.R. 1578) (110th H.R. 6926), introduced by Representative Kildee (D-MI) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award matching six-year grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) that partner with institutions of higher education (IHEs) to establish or support dual enrollment programs, such as early college high schools, that allow high school students to earn credit simultaneously toward a high school diploma and a postsecondary degree or certificate.  The Act would also authorize the Secretary to award matching five-year grants to states to: (1) plan and implement statewide strategies to make dual enrollment programs more accessible to students who are underrepresented in postsecondary education; (2) provide technical assistance to dual enrollment programs; and (3) engage in outreach, assessment, and teacher training activities designed to strengthen such programs. [The companion measure is S. 627 by Senator Kohl (D-WI).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1578.

The Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act (H.R. 1585) (110th H.R. 3257), introduced by Representative Kind (D-WI) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to require annual state and local educational agency report cards to include specified information on school health and physical education programs; foster training of physical and health education teachers on improving students' health habits and participation in physical activities; and would call for a study that: (1) assesses the affect health and physical education have on students' ability to learn; and (2) makes recommendations for improving and measuring student health and physical education in schools. [The companion measure is S. 634 by Senator Harkin (D-IA).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1585.

The Bullying and Gang Reduction for Improved Education Act (H.R. 1589) (110th H.R. 3438),  introduced by Representative Sanchez (D-CA) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to add bullying and gang prevention to the violence and drug abuse prevention activities currently supported under the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities program. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1589.

The Financial and Economic Literacy Improvement Act of 2009 (H.R. 1645), introduced by Representative McCarthy (D-NY) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to direct the Secretary of Education to award formula matching grants to states or partnerships between states, experienced nonprofit providers of financial and economic literacy education, and experienced nonprofit providers of teacher training in such fields.  The Act would require grantees to use 25% of the grant funds to: (1) develop financial and economic literacy standards and assessments for at least three grade levels; (2) create teacher training programs to embed financial and economic literacy education into core academic subjects; and (3) evaluate the impact such education has on students' financial and economic literacy.  The Act would foster financial and economic literacy activities in schools and establish a clearinghouse of best practices and materials on the topic.  The Act would also amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to direct the Secretary to award competitive grants to institutions of higher education (IHEs) or partnerships between IHEs, experienced nonprofit providers of financial and economic literacy education, and experienced nonprofit providers of teacher training in such fields for activities that increase student knowledge in consumer, economic, and personal financial concepts. [The companion measure is S. 638 by Senator Murray (D-WA).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1645.

The High-Quality Education Act of 2009 (H.R. 1649), introduced by Representative Meek (D-FL) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award matching grants to states, or local educational agencies (LEAs) in states that do not receive such grants, to reduce the size of core curriculum classes in public elementary and secondary schools.  Grants would be provided to states or LEAs serving schools, especially those in poor communities, whose average core curriculum class size is greater than 18 students in kindergarten through grade 3, 22 students in grades 4 through 8, and 25 students in grades 9 through 12.  Grants would be used for: (1) constructing new classroom space; (2) hiring additional teachers; and (3) purchasing portable structures to replace administrative offices that are converted into classrooms. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1649.

The Rural Early Education Access Act (H.R. 1755), introduced by Representative Hare (D-IL), would establish five-year matching state grants for rural preschool providers.  Providers would have to adhere to certain class-size ratios, early learning, nutritional, staffing, and health guidelines, and other protocol.  The Act would provide incentives for states and providers that foster additional educational attainment among early learning teaching staff. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1755.

H.R. 2012, (110th H.R. 4335), introduced by Representative Payne (D-NJ) would amend Title VI of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to create a new Part D: Promoting Youth Financial Literacy. The Act would allow the Secretary of Education to provide grants to states to assist LEAs in providing financial education programs to students in kindergarten through grade 12 and implementing financial education professional development programs for teachers and administrators.  The Act would require coordination with higher education and nonprofit organizations to establish a clearinghouse of instructional materials, information and best practices on the topic of financial education.  The Act would amend Title V of the ESEA to direct the Secretary to set aside 2% of the funds appropriated for the Fund for the Improvement of Education program each fiscal year for financial literacy activities under such program. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2012.

The Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Enhancement Act (H.R. 2036) (110th H.R. 2925), introduced by Representative Gallegly (D-CA) would create a part E (Gifted and Talented Students) under Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The Act would establish grants to states, local educational agencies (LEAs), institutions of higher education (IHEs), and other public or private agencies and organizations to assist them in meeting the educational needs of gifted and talented students, including by training school personnel in the identification and education of gifted and talented students.  The Act would help establish a national research center on gifted and talent students. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2036.

The No Child Left Inside Act of 2009 (H.R. 2054) (110th H.R. 3036), introduced by Representative Sarbanes (D-MD) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to offer state grants to develop environmental literacy plans for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 that include environmental education standards, teacher training, and the development of more rigorous environmental education curricula.  The Act would authorize the Secretary to award competitive matching grants to partnerships to improve and support environmental education by advancing content and achievement standards, developing or disseminating innovations or model programs, and conducting research. [The companion measure is S. 866 by Senator Reed (D-RI).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2054.

The National Park Educational Partnership Act (H.R. 2081) (110th H.R. 3463), introduced by Representative Holt (D-NJ) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to establish the National Park Ranger School Partnerships program authorizing the Secretary of Education to award competitive, three-year grants to Title I and high-poverty schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) to enter into partnerships with the National Park Service (NPS) to provide kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) students with educational programs and K-12 teachers with professional development emphasizing science, the environment, natural resources, mathematics, civics, and history. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2081.

H.R. 2089, introduced by Representative Maloney (D-NY) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to authorize the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to educational organizations to carry out proposed or existing Holocaust education programs. [The companion measure is S. 892 by Senator Menendez (D-NJ).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2089.

The Prepare All Kids Act of 2009 (H.R. 2184), introduced by Representative Maloney (D-NY) would amend Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to establish a Prekindergarten Incentive Fund for qualified pre-kindergarten providers to establish, expand, or enhance voluntary high quality full-day pre-kindergarten programs serving children ages three through five.  The Act would also provide for early childhood development programs for children ages zero through three and foster extended early childhood day and year programs. [The companion measure is S. 839 by Senator Casey (D-PA).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2184.

The 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act (H.R. 2187) (110th H.R. 3021), introduced by Representative Chandler (D-KY) would require the Secretary of Education to make grants to states for the modernization, renovation, or repair of public schools, including early learning facilities and charter schools, to make them safe, healthy, high-performing, and technologically up-to-date. The Act would reserve a portion of funds for outlying areas and Indian schools and geographic areas with significant economic distress and areas recovering from a natural disaster, including Hurricanes Katrina- and Rita-affected states.  The Act would enforce certain green standards in school modernization, repair and construction, and would require collaboration with youth and other job corps programs.  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2187. Status: Passed in House as amended on 5/14/09.

The Education Begins at Home Act of 2009 (H.R. 2205), introduced by Representative Davis, D. (D-IL) would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to make matching grants to states, Indians, territories, and possessions to establish or expand quality early childhood home visitation programs for families that are expecting a child or have pre-kindergarten children; would allot funds among state grantees on the basis of their share of children from birth through age five who are from impoverished families; and would establish competitive grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) and experienced public or private community-based entities to support and expand quality, local early childhood home visitation programs for families that have English language learners and are expecting a child or have pre-kindergarten children. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2205.

H.R. 2228 (110th H.R. 3075), introduced by Representative Boozman (R-AR) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to allow states, when determining whether disabled or limited English proficient student subgroups are making adequate yearly progress (AYP) toward state academic performance standards, to include in such subgroups students who are no longer identified as disabled or limited English proficient but who were so identified during any of the preceding three school years. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2228.

H.R. 2229 (110th H.R. 3076), introduced by Representative Boozman (R-AR) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to allow states to adopt alternate and modified academic performance standards for disabled students who, consistent with their individualized education programs, should be given opportunities to achieve grade-level proficiency beyond a given school year. Requires such modified standards to reflect ambitious annual academic achievement goals. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2229.

The Secondary School Innovation Fund Act (H.R. 2239), introduced by Representative Loebsack (D-IA) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to establish a Secondary School Innovation Fund program awarding competitive matching grants for the implementation of innovative strategies to improve the achievement of at-risk students in secondary schools. Innovative strategies include (1) creating multiple education pathways that offer students a range of educational options aligned with their needs and interests and preparing them for postsecondary education and the workforce; (2) giving students access to early college high school or other dual enrollment learning opportunities; (3) using secondary school early warning indicators and intervention systems attuned to the needs of at-risk students; (4) creating expanded learning time opportunities; (5) improving student transitions from middle school to high school or from high school to postsecondary education and the workforce; (6) increasing the autonomy and flexibility of secondary schools; (7) improving rural education through educational technology; (8) improving learning opportunities for students in the middle grades; (9) improving teaching and increasing academic rigor at the secondary school level; and (10) improving community and parental involvement in students' education.  The Act would require the Secretary to disseminate and provide technical assistance on best practices in improving secondary school student achievement.  [The companion measure is S. 968 by Senator Reid (D-NV).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2239.

The Asthma Act (H.R. 2260), introduced by Representative Lowey (D-NY) would expand the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program to report to Congress on: (1) the scope of the asthma problem in the United States; (2) federal programs that carry out asthma-related activities; and (3) recommendations for strengthening and better coordinating such activities. The Act would require HHS and CDC to expand asthma-related studies and prevention in states and publish data on the prevalence of asthma in children annually. The Act would authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make grants to address asthma, and would authorize the Secretary of Education to make grants to LEAs to carry out asthma-related activities at elementary and secondary schools in communities with a significant number of low-income or underserved individuals. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2260.

The Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2009 (H.R. 2262) (110th H.R. 3132), introduced by Representative Sanchez (D-CA) would amends the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to require: (1) states to use grants for safe and drug-free schools to collect and report information on the incidence of bullying and harassment; and (2) local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools to use subgrants to prevent and respond to incidents of bullying and harassment.  The Act would require such LEAs or schools to: (1) notify parents and students annually of conduct prohibited in their school discipline policies, that now must include bullying and harassment; and (2) establish grievance procedures for students and parents to register complaints regarding such conduct.  The Act would include bullying and harassment within the Act's definition of violence. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2262.

The Fair Funding for Schools Act of 2009 (H.R. 2280) (110th H.R. 4540), introduced by Representative Hirono (D-HI) would reauthorize appropriations for the Impact Aid program (which compensates local educational agencies (LEAs) for the financial burden of federal activities affecting their areas) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and amend the program to alter the formula for determining the payments due LEAs for federal ownership of property when appropriations for a fiscal year are insufficient to provide them with full compensation.  The Act alters the formula for determining the payments due LEAs for eligible federally-connected children by allowing for flexible calculations of student counts in circumstances caused by federal activities, including military closures and realignments.  The Act alters the formula for determining the construction payments due LEAs that are eligible for other Impact Aid payments by dividing 80% of the construction funds evenly between LEAs impacted by military dependent children and LEAs impacted by children residing on Indian lands, with the remainder reserved for emergency repair and modernization grants to LEAs serving Indian lands or experiencing a specified influx of new students due to federal activities.  The Act alters the formula for determining whether a state's plan for equalizing assistance to its LEAs will except it from the prohibition on state aid to LEAs being affected by Impact Aid payments.  The Act requires new LEAs applying for Impact Aid to have boundaries established by state law and the authority to tax or receive an imputed local tax. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2280.

The U.S.-China Language Engagement Act (H.R. 2313), introduced by Representative Davis (D-CA) would directs the Secretary of Education to award competitive three-year grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) for innovative model programs establishing, improving, or expanding Chinese language and cultural studies instruction for their elementary school and secondary school students. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2313.

The Educators Achieving Reciprocity Now (E.A.R.N.) Act (H.R. 2356), introduced by Representative Baca (D-CA) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to require each state receiving school improvement funds under Part A of Title I of ESEA to consider a teacher to be highly qualified with respect to an academic subject if the teacher: (1) is or was considered highly qualified in such academic subject in at least one other state; and (2) has been teaching for at least five years in a public or private school. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2356.

H.R. 2377, introducedby Representative Titus (D-NV) would direct the Secretary of Education to award National Classified School Employees of the Year Awards to public school employees within certain occupational specialties who provide exemplary service to students in pre-kindergarten through higher education.  The Act would require the Secretary to choose an awardee each year, out of nominations received from each state, from each of the following occupational specialties: (1) paraprofessionals; (2) clerical and administrative services; (3) transportation services; (4) food and nutrition services; (5) custodial and maintenance services; (6) security services; (7) health and student services; (8) technical services; and (9) skilled trades. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2377.

The Rural Education Achievement Program Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2446) (110th H.R. 3545), introduced by Representative Pomeroy (D-ND) would amend part B (Rural Education Initiative) of Title VI of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to revise the Small, Rural School Achievement program by limiting eligibility to LEAs whose schools are all designated with a school locale code of Fringe Rural, Distant Rural, or Remote Rural, unless located in an area the state defines as rural.  The Act would raise federal grant limits when funds available to implement the program equal or exceed $100 million. The Act would alter LEA eligibility for federal funds under the Rural and Low-Income School program by requiring that: (1) at least 40% of the children ages 5 through 17 that LEAs serve be eligible for a free or reduced price lunch under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act; and (2) all of their schools be designated with a school locale code of Distant Town, Remote Town, Fringe Rural, Distant Rural, or Remote Rural. [The companion measure is S. 1052 by Senator Conrad (D-ND).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2446.

The Student Bill of Rights Act (H.R. 2451) (110th H.R. 2373), introduced by Representative Fattah (D-PA) would direct the Secretary of Education to make annual determinations as to whether each state's public school system provides all its students with educational resources to succeed academically and in life. Requires such education to enable students to: (1) acquire knowledge and skills necessary for responsible citizenship; (2) meet challenging academic achievement standards; and (3) compete and succeed in a global economy.  The Act would require each system to do so by satisfying certain opportunity to learn indicators for all its schools, including highly effective teachers and equitable instructional resources; providing educational services in local educational agencies (LEAs) that receive funds for disadvantaged students that are, taken as a whole, at least comparable to educational services provided in LEAs not receiving such funds; and  complying with any final federal or state court order in any matter concerning the adequacy or equitableness of the system. The Act would authorize sanctions if a system fails to meet the above requirements. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2451.

The Pathways to College Act (H.R. 2579), introduced by Representative Bishop (D-NY), would authorize the Secretary of Education to award competitive five-year grants to local educational agencies that serve mostly high-need high schools for programs to increase the number of students from low-income families who attend college. The Act defines "high-need high schools" as those where at least one-half of the students are from low-income families.  Funds would be used to (1) train teachers and counselors to provide students with advice concerning postsecondary education; (2) implement a comprehensive college guidance program for all students which exposes them to postsecondary information and planning assistance before the end of their first semester of high school; (3) ensure that their schools develop comprehensive, school-wide plans of action to strengthen their college-going culture; (4) create or maintain a postsecondary access center in each school that provides information on colleges and universities, career opportunities, and financial aid options; and (5) provide a setting in which professionals working in college access programs can meet with students.  The Act would require technical assistance and evaluation of the grant program’s impact on high school graduation and college attendance.  [The companion measure is S. 1129 by Senator Durbin (D-NY).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2579.

The Military Children’s School Investment Act (H.R. 2593), introduced by Representative Edwards (D-TX) would amend the Impact Aid program (which compensates local educational agencies (LEAs) for the financial burden of federal activities affecting their areas) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to LEAs that: (1) were eligible for Impact Aid in the prior fiscal year due to federally-connected children; and (2) are experiencing an enrollment increase of at least 250 or 10% consisting of certain federally-connected children whose arrival is due to military base closures and realignments or global rebasing, force structure changes or reductions, or actions initiated by the Secretary of Defense.  The Act would require such grants to be used for school expansion, repair, renovation, or leasing of additional property. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2593.

The No Child Left Unimmunized Against Influenza Act of 2009 (H.R. 2596), introduced by Representative Green (D-TX) would authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to carry out a demonstration program to test the feasibility of using the Nation's elementary and secondary schools as influenza vaccination centers. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2596.

The Positive Behavior for Safe and Effective Schools Act (H.R. 2597), introduced by Representative Hare (D-IL) would amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to allow states to allocate school improvement funds under Title I of the ESEA for coordinated, early intervention services for all students, including schoolwide positive behavior supports, defined as a systematic approach to embed proven practices for early intervention services in order to achieve important social outcomes and increase student learning while preventing problem behaviors.  The Act would call for technical assistance, flexible use of funds to enhance schoolwide programs in low-income schools, professional development, and school counseling programs.  The Act would create within the Department of Education an Office of Specialized Instructional Support Services to oversee, implement, and ensure adequate evaluation of, the provision of specialized instructional support services in schools by school counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other qualified professionals. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2597.

The Teachers at the Table Act (H.R. 2624) (110th H.R. 2896), introduced by Representative McCarthy (D-NY) would amend Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to direct the Secretary of Education to establish the Volunteer Teacher Advisory Committee to monitor the effects of ESEA in classrooms, with its focus solely on children and families.  The Act would require that committee membership consist of a diverse group of public school classroom teachers who are past or present Teachers of the Year and have experience or training in data collection, analysis, and reporting. [The companion measure is S. 1137 by Senator Feingold (D-WI).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2624.

The Student-to-School Nurse Ratio Improvement Act of 2009 (H.R. 2730), introduced by Representative McCarthy (D-NY) would amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make grants to eligible States for the purpose of reducing the student-to-school nurse ratio in public secondary schools, elementary schools, and kindergarten. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2730.

The High Quality Teaching Act of 2009 (H.R. 2755), introduced by Representative S. Davis (D-CA) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive five-year grants to up to 250 local educational agencies (LEAs) to recruit, support, and retain highly qualified and effective teachers through participation in the Targeted High Need Initiative program of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Priority would be given to LEAs that have: (1) the highest number of disadvantaged students; (2) the highest number of schools identified for school improvement, corrective action, or restructuring; and (3) the lowest number of teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  Grants would be used to partner with institutions of higher education or other appropriate entities, provide training, mentoring and resources, pay fees for Board certification, provide monetary awards to teachers after completion of the Targeted High Need Initiative program, and evaluate the program's effect on teaching quality and student performance.  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2755.

The High School Athletics Accountability Act of 2009 (H.R. 2882) (110th H.R. 901), introduced by Representative Slaughter (D-NY) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to direct coeducational elementary and secondary schools that participate in any ESEA program to annually: (1) report certain information on equality in their school athletic programs to the Commissioner for Educational Statistics; and (2) make such information available, upon request, to their students, potential students, and the public. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2882.

The State and Local Education Flexibility Act of 2009 (H.R. 2958) (110th H.R. 2946), introduced by Representative Terry (R-NE) would make numerous changes to NCLB including: Allowing states to use growth models; allowing states the flexibility to implement a localized testing system instead of statewide tests (as Nebraska now does); creating a differentiated system of categorizing schools that do not make AYP as opposed to the current “pass/fail” system; accurately identifying schools in need of improvement; allowing states to test students with cognitive disabilities based on their Individualized Education Plans under IDEA, providing flexibility in including in AYP test scores of  limited-English proficient students, providing flexibility in AYP graduation calculations; providing flexibility for special education teachers, rural school teachers, and social studies teachers who teach multiple subjects to meet the highly qualified requirements of NCLB; and calling for a study on adequacy of funding under ESEA. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2958.

The Success in the Middle Act of 2009 H.R. 3006 (110th H.R. 3406), introduced by Representative Grijalva (D-AZ) would authorize $1 billion per year for states to carry out a plan that shows what students are required to know and do to successfully complete the middle grades and make the transition to succeed in an academically rigorous high school that prepares students for postsecondary education and the workplace; and would provide $100 million per year to develop or adapt effective practices to turn around low-performing middle schools, and to strengthen research focused on the middle grades. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3006.

H.R. 3010 (110th H.R. 2668), introduced by Representative Wu (D-OR) would amend Title V of ESEA to authorize $2 billion per year for grants to states and school districts to carry out effective approaches to reducing class size through use of fully qualified teachers to improve educational achievement for both regular and special needs children, with particular consideration given to reducing class size in the early elementary grades. Other allowable uses of the class size reduction grants include: recruiting, hiring, and training fully qualified regular and special education teachers;  testing new teachers for academic content knowledge, and to meet State certification or licensing requirements; and providing professional development for teachers in order to meet the goal of ensuring that all teachers have the general knowledge, teaching skills, and subject matter knowledge necessary to teach effectively in the content areas in which the teachers teach. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3010.

The Balancing Act of 2009 (H.R. 3047), introduced by Representative Woolsey (D-CA) would provide grants to states for full-day, full-year universal prekindergarten programs as well as for expanded family and medical need assistance, child care assistance, in-school and afterschool assistance, family care assistance, and family-friendly workspaces; also address domestic violence and child nutrition. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3047.

The National Parents Corps Act of 2009 (H.R. 3075), introduced by Representative J. Lewis (D-GA) would provide $5.5 billion per year to establish a National Parents Corps Program under the oversight of a nonprofit to foster parent leaders who would work with eligible schools to reduce violence, gangs, and tobacco and alcohol abuse.  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3075.

The Investment in Rural After-School Programs Act of 2009 (H.R. 3078), introduced by Representative Hare (D-IL) would support after-school programs in rural areas of the United States by establishing a pilot program to assist communities in establishing, enhancing, or expanding rural after-school programs. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3078.

The Time for Innovation Matters in Education Act of 2009 (H.R. 3130) (110th H.R. 3642), introduced by Representative Payne (D-NJ) would provide grants to LEAs and partnerships for expanded learning time and redesigning schools and programs to improve student achievement through longer school days (at least 300 additional hours), additional school days or a combination of longer school days and additional school days, as well as other methods.  Would require the Secretary to contract with an independent organization to evaluate the Act’s effectiveness.  The bill would require “evidence of an agreement reached between each participating local educational agency and the exclusive recognized representative of the employees of each participating high-need school served by the agency, for employees to work the expanded learning time schedules involved or, where there is no such representative, evidence of an agreement supported (by at least two-thirds) of the employees of each participating high-need school served by the agency, to work the expanded learning time schedules involved.” [Note: The companion bill is S. 1410, the Time for Innovation Matters in Education Act of 2009 by Senator Kennedy (D-MA).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3130.

The Strengthening Community Opportunities Through Rural Education (SCORE) Act of 2009 (H.R. 3180), introduced by Representative Perriello (D-VA) would create a National Advisory Committee on Rural Education to study, and make policy recommendations for overcoming, the unique challenges faced by rural public elementary and secondary school systems, including: (1) difficulties in recruiting and retaining teachers; (2) deficient or inadequate school or transportation facilities; (3) difficulties in effectively incorporating information technology; (4) dwindling numbers of recent postsecondary graduates returning to rural communities; and (5) limited and varied levels of funding. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3180.

The Kids With Healthy Hearts Act of 2009 (H.R. 3197) (110th H.R. 7052), introduced by Representative McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) would authorize grants to five local educational agencies to conduct demonstration projects to screen the blood pressure of children in kindergarten through grade 6. Requires grantees to provide parents of children who have high blood pressure after their second screening with: (1) referrals to health care providers for consultations about high blood pressure; and (2) written information from the Department of Health and Human Services regarding hypertension risks and lifestyle changes related to diet and exercise that can improve overall health. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3197.

The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 (H.R. 3221), introduced by Representative Miller (D-CA) would, among other things, require the Secretary to make grants to modernize, renovate or repair K-12 schools and community colleges; and creates an Early Learning Challenge Fund. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3221. Status: Passed in House on 9/17/09.

The Adolescent Web Awareness Requires Education (AWARE) Act (H.R. 3222), introduced by Representative Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) would promote cyber awareness and Internet safety by creating a two-year Internet safety awareness grant program. [A related bill is H.R. 3630 by Representative Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3222.

H.R. 3230, introduced by Representative Hodes (D-NH) would establish within the National Science Foundation the Innovation Inspiration school grant program to foster STEM education and competitions in eligible schools. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3230.

The Strengthen and Unite Communities with Civics Education and English Skills Act of 2009 (H.R. 3249), introduced by Representative Honda (D-CA) would direct the National Institute for Literacy to disseminate information, and the Secretary of Education award grants to states, regarding integrated English literacy, U.S. history, and civics education programs and study the effectiveness of distance learning or self-study programs for English language learners; would amend the ESEA to replace the term “limited English proficiency” with “English language learners”; would foster adult literacy and create awards programs for exceptional organizations and new citizens.  [The companion bill is S. 1478 by Senator Gillibrand (D-NY).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3249.

The Establishing Grants for College Access and Completion Act of 2009 (H.R. 3259) introduced by Representative Inslee (D-WA) would direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive five-year grants to certain nonprofit organizations for the provision of mentoring, support, outreach, and other services that encourage disadvantaged students to attend institutions of higher education.  The bill would require nonprofit applicants to have met certain requirements, including that they have provided scholarship and support programs to students in more than one state, and have a business plan in place to expand into other states. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3259.

The Keeping Parents and Communities Engaged (Keeping PACE) Act (H.R. 3343), introduced by Representative D. Payne (D-NJ) would amend Title V of the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965 to encourage and support parent, family and community involvement in schools, to provide needed integrated services and comprehensive supports to children, and to ensure that schools are centers of communities, for the ultimate goal of assisting students to stay in school, become successful learners and improve academic achievement.  [The companion bill is S. 1411 by Senator Kennedy (D-MA)].  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3343.

The US and the World Education Act (H.R. 3359) (110th H.R. 7063), introduced by Representative Sanchez, Loretta (D-CA) would raise achievement in international education in elementary schools and secondary schools through grants to improve teacher competency and to support programs in international education that supplement core curricula in such schools. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3359.

The Promoting Innovation to 21st Century Careers Act (H.R. 3398), introduced by Representative Tierney (D-MA) would authorize the Director of the National Academic and Career Innovation Center to award certain planning, implementation, transitional, and supplemental grants to state pathways partnerships to carry out activities that will create and enhance educational and career pathways for high school students to postsecondary schools (including registered apprenticeship programs) and to 21st century careers, particularly in high skill, high demand industries; would require the state partnerships to be appointed by state Governors and include representatives from educational, business, labor, workforce, and economic development entities in their respective states; and would establish the National Academic and Career Innovation Center to: (1) support the efforts of the state partnerships and regional partnerships (which are to receive competitive implementation subgrants from state partnerships) to offer career pathways of proven effectiveness; (2) design and conduct performance evaluations of career pathways activities; and (3) administer, oversee, and evaluate all career pathways grants. [The companion bill is S. 1532 by Senator Murray (D-WA).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3398.

The Full-Service Community Schools Act of 2009 (H.R. 3545), introduced by Representative Hoyer (D-MD) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to: (1) consortia composed of a local educational agency and one or more community-based, nonprofit, or other public or private entities to assist public elementary or secondary schools to function as full-service community schools; and (2) state collaboratives to support the development of full-service community school programs.    The bill would require such schools to: (1) participate in community-based efforts to coordinate educational, developmental, family, health, and other comprehensive services through community-based organizations and public and private partnerships; and (2) provide access to such services to students, families, and the community.  The bill would give local grant priority to consortia that: (1) will serve at least two full-service community schools eligible for schoolwide programs under the Act, and more than one full-service community school as part of a community or districtwide strategy; (2) demonstrate a record of effectiveness in coordinating multiple qualified services; and (3) will be connected to a school and community partnership group that brings together key stakeholders, including teacher unions, across varied sectors to improve results for students and their families. [The companion bill is S. 1655 by Senator Nelson (D-NE).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3545.

The Constitution and Citizenship Day Act of 2009 (H.R. 3591), introduced by Representative Cummings (D-MD) would amend the ESEA to establish a grant program to enhance existing secondary education programs for the purpose of teaching high school students about the Constitution of the United States and the constitutions of the individual States. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3591.

The Adolescent Web Awareness Requires Education (AWARE) Act (H.R. 3630), introduced by Representative Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) would authorize the Attorney General to make grants to promote cyber awareness and prevent Internet crimes and to foster research on the subject.  [A related bill is H.R. 3222 by Representative Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3630.

The Impact Aid Fairness and Equity Act of 2009 (H.R. 3651), introduced by Representative Boren (D-OK) would reauthorize the Impact Aid program and make certain adjustments therein. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3651.

The Financial Education for Teachers and Students Act (H.R. 3730), introduced by Representative Johnson (D-TX) would amend Title V of the ESEA to provide for financial literacy education and professional development in middle and high schools.  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3730.

The Providing Resources to Improve Dual Language Education (PRIDE) Act of 2009 (H.R. 3753) (110th H.R. 3842), introduced by Representative Grijalva (D-AZ) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award up to five grants to partnerships of local educational agencies (LEAs), early childhood education programs, and technical assistance providers for the implementation of dual language demonstration programs designed to enhance and assess the biliteracy, bilingualism, and multicultural skills of low-income minority and limited English proficient students from preschool through grade five.  The bill directs the Secretary to: (1) arrange for an entity that has dual language program experience to provide technical assistance to LEA grantees and evaluate the programs funded by this Act; and (2) disseminate information on model practices implemented under such programs that are appropriate for use by early childhood education providers to improve the school readiness of limited English proficient students. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3753.

The Universal Prekindergarten and Early Childhood Education Act of 2009 (H.R. 3782) (110th H.R. 3263), introduced by Representative Norton (D-DC) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to allow local educational agencies (LEAs) that receive funds for 21st Century Community Learning Center activities to use them also for educational activities for children four years of age or younger, if the LEA agrees to phase in, where possible, a prekindergarten program taught by teachers with qualifications equivalent or similar to those teaching other grades in the school involved.See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3782.

The Reducing Barriers to Learning Act of 2009 (H.R. 3800) (110th H.R. 3419), introduced by Representative Loebsack (D-IA) would amend the Department of Education Organization Act to create an Office of Specialized Instructional Support Services within the Department of Education to improve specialized instructional support services in schools.  The bill amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to establish a Reduced Barriers to Learning program authorizing the Secretary of Education to award competitive matching grants to states to: (1) establish or expand specialized instructional support services and programs at the state level that are designed to provide technical assistance, coordination, and support to specialized instructional support services and programs addressing barriers to learning within local educational agencies and individual schools; and (2) hire and support specialized instructional support services coordinators to provide such assistance, coordination, and support.  The bill would replace references to pupil services and pupil services personnel with references to specialized instructional support services and specialized instructional support personnel.  The bill would define services provided by school counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other qualified professionals that provide assessment, diagnosis, counseling, educational, therapeutic, and other necessary services as part of a comprehensive program to meet student needs. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3800.

Tthe Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLs) Act (H.R. 3928) (110th H.R. 2864), introduced by Representative Grijalva (D-AZ) would amend Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to authorize appropriations for FY2010-FY2015 for the Improving Literacy through School Libraries grant program.  The bill would require local educational agencies (LEAs) that receive school improvement funds to ensure, to the extent feasible, that each of their schools receiving such funds employs at least one state certified school library media specialist.  The bill would direct states and LEAs that receive school improvement funds to ensure that by the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year there is at least one highly qualified school library media specialist in every school that receives such funds.  The bill would call for applicable libraries to serve students proportionally in K-12, include media resources and professional development on information literacy instruction that is appropriate for all grades.  The bill would expand the program of grants to states and subgrants to LEAs for the recruitment, retention, and professional development of teachers to require that highly qualified school library media specialists be included in the focus of such efforts. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3928.

The Post 9/11 Troops to Teachers Enhancement Act (H.R. 3943), introduced by Representative Courtney (D-CT) would amend the Troops-to-Teachers program of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (which provides veterans with teacher certification stipends in exchange for three years of service in a high-need local educational agency [LEA] or public charter school) to expand program eligibility to cover certain individuals: (1) who, on or after September 11, 2001, serve at least 90 continuous days on active duty in the Armed Forces before being honorably released from such service; or (2) who, on or after January 8, 2002, are separated or released from active duty after at least four (currently, six) years of continuous active duty immediately preceding such separation or release, and agree to serve in the Armed Forces Reserves for at least three years.  [The companion bill is S. 1932 by Senator McCain (R-AZ).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3943.

The Improving Mathematics and Science Teacher Quality Act (H.R. 3950) (110th H.R. 3313), introduced by Representative Ehlers (R-MI) would amend Title II, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to authorize the inclusion of informal science education centers and business consortia as partners in the grant program to improve the quality of elementary and secondary school mathematics and science teachers. The bill would require the inclusion of teacher training departments of institutions of higher education in such partnerships, but remove state educational agencies as partnership participants.  The bill would authorize the Secretary of Education to award such grants to states for redistribution as competitive subgrants to eligible partnerships. (Currently, the Secretary awards grants directly to such partnerships if appropriations do not exceed a specified amount.)  The bill would require that grant priority be given to eligible partnerships that carry out activities modeled after programs which are to be identified and disseminated by the Secretary, in consultation and coordination with the Director of the National Science Foundation, for replication on a more expansive basis.  The bill would remove the provision of financial incentives to recruit and retain teachers from authorized grant uses.  The bill would reauthorize appropriations for the programs under parts A and B of Title II of the ESEA through FY2015. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3950.

The Early Learning Innovation Act (H.R. 3973), introduced by Representative Himes (D-CT) would direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to full-service community schools or partnerships between local educational agencies and public or nonprofit social service providers or full-service community schools to implement innovative early learning curricula in preschool and elementary school programs in high-need communities for children from birth through age nine.  The bill defines "full-service community schools" as public schools which: (1) coordinate educational, developmental, family, health, and other comprehensive services through community-based organizations and public and private partnerships; and (2) provide students, families, and the community with access to such services.  The bill would foster  extended school hours and days; staff development, compensation, and retention; comprehensive child and family support services; and other activities the Secretary deems appropriate to promote academic success for impoverished children. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3973.

The Reengaging Americans in Serious Education by Uniting Programs Act (H.R. 3982), introduced by Representative Kildee (D-MI) would direct the Secretary of Labor to award competitive, renewable, five-year grants to eligible partnerships to assist them in providing disadvantaged youth with the support needed to: (1) attain a secondary school diploma; (2) attain a postsecondary credential, including those offered by institutions of higher education, industry groups, or registered apprenticeship programs; and (3) secure and succeed in a family-supporting career.  The bill would require each eligible partnership to include government, community and educational entities.  The bill would require grantees to award subgrants and contracts to community-based organizations and other entities for the provision of a comprehensive array of coordinated services to disadvantaged youth that include workforce preparation, education support, and youth support services.  The bill would establish an accountability system for measuring the performance of each grantee against specified interim, transitional, and long-term indicators of success.  [The companion bill is S. 1608 [ADD] by Senator Stabenow (D-MI).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3982.

The Conflict Resolution and Mediation Act of 2009 (H.R. 4000), introduced by Representative Rush (D-IL) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) for the development and implementation of conflict resolution and mediation programs for students, teachers, and other school personnel at their schools most directly affected by conflict and violence.  The bill would direct the Secretary to develop a written model for conflict resolution and mediation and make such model available to any LEA that requests it. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4000.

The Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) Act (H.R. 4037), introduced by Representative Yarmuth (D-KY) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to states (and subgrants to LEAs) for comprehensive planning to improve the literacy of children from birth through grade 12.  Grant activities would cover birth to 12th grade and prioritize jurisdictions with a significant number or percentage of underperforming schools and high need areas. State activities may include technical assistance to subgrantees, coordinating literacy programs and resources throughout the state, disseminating information on promising literacy programs, and enhancing the credentials of literacy instructors. [The companion bill is S. 2740 by Senator Murray (D-WA).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4037.

The Foreign Language Education Partnership Program Act (H.R. 4065) (110th H.R. 2111), introduced by Representative Holt (D-NJ) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to replace the program providing incentive payments to public elementary schools for foreign language instruction with a partnership program in foreign languages that provides matching incentive payments to partnerships composed of state or local educational agencies and institutions of higher education.  The bill would require such partnerships to establish, improve, or expand model programs of foreign language learning from kindergarten through grade 12 that increase the number of high school graduates who attain advanced proficiency in at least one foreign language.  The bill would require each model program to have a dimension allowing the student to gain an understanding of the historic, geographic, cultural, economic, and other contextual factors of countries whose people speak the language studied. Continued funding for two additional five-year periods, after an initial four-year funding period, would be based on program effectiveness based on nationally recognized standardized foreign language assessments. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4065.

The Hunger Free Schools Act (H.R. 4148), introduced by Representative Loebsack (D-IA) would amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to make performance awards to states that demonstrate outstanding performance or show substantial improvement in directly certifying as eligible for free meals under the school lunch and breakfast programs any children whose families are eligible for supplemental nutrition assistance under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008. (Direct certification eliminates the need for such families to submit applications for participation in the school lunch and breakfast programs.)  The bill would generally foster more direct certification of certain eligible children.    [The companion bill is S. 1343 by Senator Brown (D-OH).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4148.

The Graduation Promise Act of 2009 (H.R. 4181) (110th H.R. 2928), introduced by Representative Hinojosa (D-TX) would authorize the Secretary of Education to make grants to states (and subgrants to LEAs) for differentiated high school improvement systems targeting support to schools with low student achievement and graduation rates after such schools fail for two consecutive years to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) pursuant to state academic performance standards. The bill would prioritize states with low graduation rates and a high percentage of students attending low-income LEAs.  The bill requires state grantees to establish comprehensive school performance indicators and minimum annual improvement benchmarks to analyze school performance and determine the improvement category into which a school is placed.  Subgrantees must categorize each of their schools that fail to make AYP for two consecutive years as needing targeted intervention, whole school reforms, or replacement; convene a local school improvement team for each of such schools that will use performance indicators, AYP measures, and other relevant data to conduct a school needs assessment and develop a multiyear school improvement plan tailored to the school's need categorization; and support the successful implementation of such plans and district-wide high school improvement strategies.  The bill would authorize the Secretary to award competitive grants to LEAs, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education to develop and implement, or replicate, effective secondary school models for struggling students and dropouts.  [The companion bill is S. 1698 by Senator Bingaman (D-NM).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4181.

The Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning Act of 2009 (H.R. 4223), introduced by Representative Kildee (D-MI) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award a five-year grant to an experienced nonprofit organization to establish a National Technical Assistance and Training Center for Social and Emotional Learning that provides training and technical assistance to states, local educational agencies (LEAs), and community-based organizations to identify, promote, and support evidence-based social and emotional learning standards and programming in elementary and secondary schools.  The bill would authorize the Secretary to award competitive five-year grants to states and LEAs to work with the Center in developing and implementing such standards and programming in elementary and secondary schools.  The bill would prioritize applicants that have a plan for sustaining the program beyond the grant period and serve schools that have high numbers or percentages of low-income students and students in schools identified as needing improvement, corrective action, or restructuring under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).  The bill would amend the ESEA to include: (1) programming that meets the social and emotional needs of students as part of the School Dropout Prevention program and the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities program; and (2) teacher and principal training in practices that address those needs as part of the Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund program. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4223.

The Restorative Justice in Schools Act of 2009 (H.R. 4286), introduced by Representative Cohen (D-TN) would amend Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to allow local educational agencies to use Title II subgrants to train school personnel in restorative justice and conflict resolution. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4286.

The School Principal Recruitment and Training Act of 2009 (H.R. 4354), introduced by Representative Davis (D-CA) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to direct the Secretary of Education to award renewable five-year matching grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) and certain educational or nonprofit entities that partner with LEAs to recruit, support, and train principals for service in high-need schools.  The bill requires grantees to: (1) recruit, select, and provide training to individuals who are or aspire to be principals in high-need schools, agree to serve for at least four years in such schools, and work to ensure that student academic achievement in their schools improves substantially within three to six years; (2) provide aspiring principals with a pre-service residency for at least one year that focuses on instructional leadership and organizational management and is followed by ongoing training for at least two years after their residency ends and school leadership begins; and (3) deliver high-quality, differentiated, school-level support services that meet the specific needs of high-need schools led by individuals that are receiving or have received training pursuant to this Act.  The bill would direct the Secretary to prioritize high-quality evaluation systems as well as research and information sharing regarding best practices on principal recruitment, selection, and training for high-need schools, principal effectiveness standards, and system-wide supports and policies that foster effective actions among principals. [The companion bill is S. 2896 by Senator Franken (D-MN).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4354.

The Student Nondiscrimination Act of 2010 (H.R. 4530), introduced by Representative Polis (D-CO) would prohibit public school students from being excluded from participating in, or subject to discrimination under, any federally-assisted educational program on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity or that of their associates.  The bill includes harassment as a form of discrimination, protects against retaliation against those opposing unlawful conduct, and establishes a right of action in a judicial proceeding for aggrieved individuals. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4530.

The Elizabeth A. Connelly Act (H.R. 4544), introduced by Representative McMahon (D-NY) would change references in Federal law to mental retardation to references to an intellectual disability, and change references to a mentally retarded individual to references to an individual with an intellectual disability. [The companion bill is S. 2781 by Senator Mikulski (D-MD).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4544.

An act to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to increase the maximum amount that may be allotted to Puerto Rico under part A of title III (H.R. 4668), introduced by Representative Pierluisi (D-PR) would amend Title III, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to increase the maximum federal allotment to Puerto Rico, which is expressed as a percentage of the federal funds allotted to states, to improve the education of limited English proficient children and immigrant youth. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4668.

H.R. 4695, introduced by Representative Bordallo (D-Guam), a bill to amend title VIII the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to provide financial assistance to local educational agencies that educate alien children admitted to the United States as citizens of one of the Freely Associated States, would amend the Impact Aid program (which compensates local educational agencies [LEAs] for the financial burden of federal activities affecting their areas) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to compensate LEAs for educating children who are admitted into this country as citizens of one of the Freely Associated States (the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau). See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4695.

The Asthma Management Plans in School Act (H.R. 4836), introduced by Representative Shea-Porter (D-NH) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to schools that are receiving school improvement funds under Title I, Part A of the ESEA and are located in areas that have a high prevalence of asthma so they can: (1) develop and implement an asthma management plan; and (2) purchase the asthma inhalers, spacers, and other supplies necessary for the relief and treatment of affected students.  The bill would require grantees to: (1) find innovative ways to encourage rapid bidirectional communication between schools and students' physicians and students' adherence to asthma treatment; and (2) ensure that they have on staff a nurse or individual who is trained to administer emergency asthma care.  [The companion bill is S. 2817 by Senator Gillibrand (D-NY).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4836.

The School Accountability Improvement Act of 2010 (H.R. 4837), introduced by Representative Young (At Large-AK) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to alter requirements for adequate yearly progress (AYP) assessments of student groups by: (1) allowing states to vary the number of students sufficient for such an assessment from local educational agency (LEA) to LEA and from school to school; (2) lowering the percentage of students in a failing group who must show improvement from the preceding year for a school to avoid corrective action; (3) changing the method of counting students in more than one group; (4) allowing states to use alternative methods of defining AYP; (5) allowing states to use a combination of AYP assessments; (6) exempting a higher percentage of students from such assessments; (7) giving states greater flexibility in the use of alternative assessments for disabled students and those not proficient in English; (8) allowing states to continue to include students in the disabled and limited English proficient student groups for three years after their status as disabled or limited English proficient ends; and (9) allowing multiple assessments of the same student prior to the following school year and measurement of the achievement of students as if they were in their prior grade.  The bill would provide flexibility in rate of academic achievement gains among groups; permit states to adopt alternative calculations of graduation and dropout rates to account for students who do not graduate on time, but are still enrolled in school or are receiving a postsecondary education; increase states' flexibility in devising academic improvement plans; limit the implementation of sanctions to schools and LEAs that fail AYP standards in the same subject for the same group for two consecutive school years, and the provision of school transfers and supplemental services to students in the group who failed AYP standards; involve LEAs in the choice and critique of supplemental service providers as well as the provision of such services; authorize states, LEAs, and schools to defer implementation of certain corrective actions in any fiscal year when the amount appropriated under ESEA and the Individuals with Disabilities Act does not equal or exceed a specified authorized amount; and apply AYP assessments and accountability standards to private schools receiving benefits under ESEA. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4837.

Fitness for Life Act (H.R. 5022), introduced by Representative Braley (D-IA) would authorize the Secretary of Education to make competitive, renewable four-year grants to ten institutions of higher education (IHEs) for the expansion of their master’s degree in physical education programs and require IHEs, among other requirements, to use the grant funds to partner with local educational agencies (LEAs) that serve schools where their students are to serve as full-time student teachers and most of their instruction is to occur and to extend their programs into the communities served by their partner LEAs. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5022.

Measuring and Evaluating Trends for Reliability, Integrity and Continued Success (METRICS) Act (H.R. 5024), introduced by Representataive Holt (D-NJ)would authorize the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to states to improve access to and sharing and use of education data to improve student outcomes.  The bill would require state grantees to have or be in the process of implementing integrated statewide education longitudinal data systems, which link individual students' early childhood, elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education and workforce data over time.  The bill would requires the use of grant funds to: (1) expand the ability of the data systems to link such data and do so across state agencies; (2) improve opportunities to access, analyze, and use data from such systems; and (3) build the capacity of teachers, leaders, parents, students, researchers, and the public to use longitudinal data for effective decision-making.  The bill would offer competitive grants to high-need LEAs to develop and implement a comprehensive plan for using data to: (1) provide teachers, leaders, parents, students, researchers, and the public with access to student education data in a manner that respects student and teacher privacy; (2) coordinate with state efforts to build integrated statewide longitudinal data systems; (3) regularly analyze and share student education data with school personnel, parents, and students; (4) train teachers and school leaders to use such data effectively; (5) ensure that source data used at the local level is consistent with source data used to report indicators as required by state or federal law; and (6) provide training that addresses the use of data collection software, privacy policies, data integrity issues, report planning, and processes.  [The companion bill is S. 3204 by Sen. Brown (D-NJ).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5024.

The ESEA Fiscal Fairness Act (H.R. 5071), introduced by Representative Fattah (D-PA) would amend Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to condition local educational agency (LEA) receipt of school improvement funds on: (1) an average state and local spending per pupil in each school receiving school improvement funds of at least 97% of such spending per pupil across all schools that are not receiving such funds; and (2) an average state and local spending per pupil in each higher poverty school of at least 97% of such spending per pupil across all lower poverty schools, if the LEA is serving all of its schools under Title I, Part A.  The bill would allow LEAs to meet such requirement across all schools or among schools serving a particular grade span if they compare schools within no more than three grade spans.  The bill would direct the Inspector General of the Department of Education, in the fourth and fifth years after this Act’s enactment, to audit 5 states and 10 LEAs to determine their progress in meeting these requirements.  The bill would require annual LEA report cards to include certain information on state and local spending per pupil in schools.  The bill would require states to provide the public with annual up-to-date school-by-school listings of per-pupil state and local spending. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5071.

H.R. 5079, a bill to amend title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to establish a Federal “Grow Your Own Teacher” program and for other purposes by Reprsentative Israel (D-NY) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to direct the Secretary of Education to establish a Grow Your Own Teacher grant program.  The bill defines an “eligible entity” as a consortium consisting of a local educational agency (LEA) that receives school improvement funds under Title I, Part A and an institution of higher education that offers a state-accredited teacher certificate program.  Grant recipients would be required to: (1) train certain individuals who received a high school diploma from the LEA participating in the consortium to be teachers, including by having them observe and work with a veteran teacher in a classroom for at least a year; (2) employ such individuals in hard-to-staff schools and teaching positions in such LEA, with priority given to teaching positions in mathematics, science, special education, world languages, and English as a second language; and (3) employ such individuals in a manner that reduces the divergence between the racial diversity of teachers and of students.  The bill would authorize the Secretary to forgive the student loans incurred by training program participants who have been employed as teachers in hard-to-staff schools or teaching positions. Note: NEA supports rigorous preparation and induction programs that provide teacher candidates with sufficient classroom and clinical experience to succeed in high-need schools, as well as continuous mentoring from master or mentor teachers who have been recognized for teaching excellence, especially those who have received National Board or a similar type of certification. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5079.

Space to Schools Act of 2010 (H.R. 5093), introduced by Representative Kosmas (D-FL) would authorize the Secretary of Education to implement a program to encourage individuals who are former employees of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), its suppliers, or related contractors who have relevant work experience in the aerospace industry to pursue careers as elementary, secondary, or vocational school teachers.  The bill would require program participants to enter into an agreement to: (1) obtain certification or licensing as an elementary, secondary, vocational, or technical school teacher, and to become a highly qualified teacher; and (2) accept an offer of full-time employment as an elementary, secondary, vocational, or technical school teacher for at least three school years and commit to teaching science, technology, engineering, or mathematics after obtaining such certification or licensing.  Program participants would receive a stipend for use in obtaining certification or licensing or a larger bonus if they agree to perform their service in high-need schools. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5093.

The Diverse Teachers Recruitment Act of 2010 (H.R. 5096), introduced by Representative Davis, S. (D-CA) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive matching grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) or nonprofits, educational service agencies, institutions of higher education, or states that enter into partnerships with such LEAs, for recruiting, training, and retaining individuals from underrepresented groups as public elementary and secondary school teachers.  The bill gives priority to LEAs that serve the most high-need schools and those that serve schools with the highest percentages of minorities in their student bodies.   The bill would require the Secretary to evaluate the success of the grantees and compile a database of best practices for recruiting, training, and retaining individuals from underrepresented groups as public elementary and secondary school teachers. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5096.

The Financial Education in the Classroom Act of 2010 (H.R. 5165), introduced by Representative Castle (R-DE) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to states and, through them, competitive subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) that partner with certain nonprofit, educational, community-based, or business entities to develop and carry out financial education programs to assist students in kindergarten through grade 12 achieve financial literacy.  The program components include teacher training, curriculum development, evaluation and dissemination of best practices and materials. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5165.

The Instructional Leadership Act of 2010 (H.R. 5172), introduced by Representative Sarbanes (D-MD) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to states, local educational agencies (LEAs), nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, or partnerships or consortia which include at least one of those entities to develop and implement innovative programs and sites (such as leadership development schools) to train school principals in instructional leadership skills.  The bill would require the Secretary to award additional competitive grants to states or partnerships or consortia which include states for pilot programs that evaluate and promote the incorporation of instructional leadership standards into state principal certification or licensure.  The bill would direct the Secretary to establish a definition of “highly-qualified principal” that is based on reports from this Act’s grantees and emphasizes instructional leadership standards.   The bill would require the Secretary to award competitive grants to states and high-need LEAs or partnerships between such LEAs and certain educational entities to develop state-of-the-art principal induction programs that provide new principals a minimum of three years of extensive, high-quality, comprehensive induction into the field of school administration. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5172.

H.R. 5184, A bill to amend the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to include bullying and harassment prevention programs by Representative Davis, D. (D-IL) would amend the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to require states to use grants for safe and drug-free schools to collect and report information on the incidence of bullying and harassment, would require local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools to use subgrants to prevent and respond to incidents of bullying and harassment. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5184.

Family Engagement in Education Act of 2010 (H.R. 5211), introduced by Representative McCarthy (D-NY) would amend Title I of ESEA to allocate funds to states and, through them, local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop certain policies and practices to strengthen family engagement in their children's education.  The bill would specifically address family engagement for neglected or delinquent youth and create a State Family Engagement Coordinating Council  and Statewide and Local Family Engagement Centers to assure coordination and integration of family engagement activities across the education spectrum.  The bill would also authorize the use of Title II funds to train teachers and principals to effectively engage families in their children's education. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5211.

Great Teachers for Great Schools Act of 2010 (H.R. 5218), introduced by Representative Polis (D-CO) would award grants to high-need LEAs to implement high-impact professional development, provide release time for teachers, and assist schools in use of teaching standards, formative assessments, teacher portfolio processes and teacher development protocols.  The bill would help prepare and support principals, internal teacher leaders, coaches and content experts as they facilitate school-based professional development.  The goal is to establish the school as a professional learning community and align professional development with standards, curriculum, assessments, and instruction.  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5218.

The Teen Parents Graduation and College Act (H.R. 5460), introduced by Representative Chu (D-CA) would amend ESEA and HEA to require the Secretary of Education to award grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs) to help pregnant and parenting students stay in school by expanding their access to services including tutoring, pregnancy-related health care, child care, transportation, after-school support, academic counseling, school social work, or family planning among such services.   It also requires LEA and IHE grantees to enter into partnerships and share grant funds, when appropriate, with public agencies or community-based organizations. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5460.

The Turning Around Low-Performing Public High Schools Act (H.R. 5467), introduced by Representative McCarthy (D-NY) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award five-year contracts to nonprofit school district partnership organizations that: (1) have a record of success in improving the secondary school graduation and postsecondary attendance and completion rates of disadvantaged students; and (2) partner with local educational agencies (LEAs) that serve a substantial number or percentage of disadvantaged students to implement comprehensive high school turnaround models that are customized to meet the needs of the LEAs and their schools.  The bill would require such models to include: (1) a college preparatory instructional program; (2) a student support structure that provides students with a caring, safe, and supportive learning environment; (3) a staffing structure that creates strong, long-term connections between students and teachers; (4) standards of professional practice that guide the professional development of school personnel and build their sense of collective responsibility for student and school outcomes; (5) an extended day and extended school year that supports challenging, college-preparatory curricula; (6) an expectation that parents will take an active role in school activities; and (7) the use of multiple mechanisms to assess schools' organizational and program effectiveness.  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5467.

The Lead Act (H.R. 5495), introduced by Representative Payne (D-NJ) would amend ESEA to direct the Secretary of Education to award a competitive grant to a partnership between a nonprofit and an institution of higher education (IHE) to establish a School Leadership Academy that develops and provides evidence-based leadership training to school leaders (turnaround leaders) and their supporting mentors (turnaround mentors) to transform  turnaround schools (schools that are subject to corrective action or restructuring or are secondary schools that have a graduation rate below 60%).  The bill also requires the Secretary to subsequently award competitive grants to certain non-profit and IHE partnerships with state or local educational agencies to establish Local School Leadership Centers of Excellence that would adapt the program developed by the Academy and work with the Academy to best train and support program participants. Participants would receive a stipend and agree to serve for at least four years at a turnaround school.  [The companion bill is S. 3469, by SenatorsBennet (D-CO).]  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5495.

To support the establishment and operation of Teachers Professional Development Institutes (H.R. 5556) (110th H.R. 3209),  introduced by Representative DeLauro (D-CT) would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to establish and operate Teacher Institutes, i.e., a partnership or joint venture between one or more IHEs and one or more LEAs serving one or more schools with significant low-income populations that is established to improve the quality of teaching and learning through collaborative seminars.  [The companion bill is S. 3498 by Senators Lieberman (I-CT).]  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5556.

The Equity in Excellence Act of 2010 (H.R. 5586), introduced by Representative Payne (D-NJ) would amend Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to establish an Equity in Excellence Grant program authorizing the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to eligible entities for efforts to ensure that the academic achievement rates of high-achieving students in grades one through four in high-need local educational agencies (LEAs) do not fall behind the achievement rates of their more advantaged, high-achieving peers.  Eligible grantees include (1) high-need LEAs; (2) consortia of LEAs that include high-need LEAs; and (3) partnerships composed of high-need LEAs and institutions of higher education or nonprofits that have expertise in educating gifted students.  Grant funds must be used to (1) ensure that assessments provide diagnostic information that informs the instruction of high-achieving students; (2) implement evidence-based, innovative educational strategies, such as enrichment programs and academic acceleration strategies; (3) procure or use high-quality instructional materials; (4) train school personnel involved in teaching high-achieving students from impoverished families; and (5) conduct education and training for such students' parents that supports their children's excellence.  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5586.

The Put School Counselors Where They’re Needed Act (H.R. 5671) (110th H.R. 3439), introduced by Representative Sanchez, L. (D-CA) would fund additional secondary school counselors in troubled Title I schools to reduce the dropout rate.  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5671.

To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to award grants to eligible entities to establish, expand, or support an existing school-based mentoring program to assist at-risk middle school students with the transition from middle school to high school (H.R. 5753),  introduced by Representative Carson (D-IN) would reauthorize appropriations under Title I Part H (School Dropout Prevention) and would establish a transition-to-success mentoring program with five-year grants to LEA’s or partnerships between LEAs and community-based nonprofit organizations for school-based mentoring programs to assist at-risk students in transitioning from middle to high school. Requires grantees to assign to each at-risk student a success coach and authorizes the use of grant funds to train success coaches and cover the cost of any materials they use.  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5753.

The Fostering Success in Education Act (H.R. 5817), introduced by Rep Lewis, J. (D-GA) would require each state receiving school improvement funds Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to ensure that its foster care children have the right to: (1) continue attending the school they were in when placed in foster care or before a change in such placement (school of origin), unless it is determined to be in the child's best interest to be immediately enrolled in a different school; (2) immediate enrollment in a new school in their school attendance area; (3) well-maintained school records that are available in a timely manner; (4) equal access to the same education and opportunities as other students attending the school or school district; and (5) free transportation to and from their school.  The bill would include preschool children as beneficiaries of such rights, with respect to preschool programs.  States and agencies would be required to collaborate and come up with an effective compliance system.  LEAs serving a foster child's school of origin would be required to make an expedited decision on whether it is in the foster child's best interest to attend such school or be immediately enrolled in a new school in the child's school attendance area, unless the state decides that the decision is to be made solely by the dependency court or state or local child welfare agency. The bill would require that states have fair and impartial procedures to resolve school selection disputes promptly.  Parties who claim that their rights under this Act have been violated may bring a civil action in the appropriate U.S. district court.  State grantees would be required to (1) implement a Secretary-approved state foster care and education plan for satisfying this Act's requirements; and (2) establish a Stakeholder Council that monitors, and makes recommendations regarding, plan implementation.  The bill would amend part E (Foster Care and Adoption Assistance) of title IV of the Social Security Act to require state child welfare agencies to arrange for, provide, or pay the cost of the transportation necessary for foster children to remain in the school they attended at the time of their placement.  The bill would require state and local child welfare and educational agencies to collaborate in eliminating barriers to the educational stability, enrollment, and success of foster children.  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5817.

H.R. 5843, To amend title VIII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to require the Secretary of Education to complete payments under such title to local educational agencies eligible for such payments within 3 fiscal years (H.R. 5843), introduced by Representative Larsen (D-WA) would amend Title VIII (Impact Aid) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to require the Secretary of Education to complete Impact Aid payments to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) within three fiscal years of their appropriation.   See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5843.


The P.E. for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 5946), introduced by Representative Boswell (D-IA) would direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to local educational agencies and charter schools to improve physical fitness education and curricula in elementary and secondary schools through technology, partnerships with local businesses, and incorporation of physical fitness education into multiple areas of the curriculum.  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5946.

The Promoting Students Using the Camp Community for Enrichment, Strength, and Success (SUCCESS) Act (H.R. 5963), introduced by Representative McCarthy (D-NY) would award competitive grants to nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, and local educational agencies to carry out summertime learning pilot programs for students who attend struggling schools during their summers after grades five through nine. It would require such programs to provide students with camp activities geared toward: (1) reducing childhood obesity through increased physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices; (2) strengthening high school graduation rates by reducing summer learning loss and improving academic achievement; and (3) promoting positive youth development.  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5963.

The 21st Century STEM for Girls and Underrepresented Minorities Act (H.R. 6078), introduced by Representative Woolsey (D-CA) would amend the ESEA to create grants to LEAs to improve the education of girls and underrepresented minorities in STEM and prepare them to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees and careers in STEM fields. The bill gives priority to LEAs that partner with local, regional, or national entities and requires use of funds for tutoring and mentoring programs, student and teacher attendance at STEM events outside the classroom, after-school and summer programs, purchase of education materials and equipment, paid internships, training of school personnel to facilitate student progress, and other specified uses.  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 6078.

The Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act of 2010 (H.R. 6172), introduced by Representative Bishop (D-NY) would require SEAs to issue regulations requiring LEAs to post information about the risks of concussions in sports in schools and take other preventive and responsive measures in exchange for ESEA funding.  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 6172.

The Linked Learning Pathways Affording College and Career Success Act (H.R. 6174), introduced by Representative Chu (D-CA) would direct the Secretary of Education to award renewable, competitive, matching grants to local educational agencies that partner with a qualified intermediary and at least one educational stakeholder to establish or expand linked learning pathways and a system of pathways that gives secondary school students pathway options.  “Linked learning pathways” are defined as comprehensive, multi-year high school programs of study that integrate: (1) rigorous academics that are aligned with entrance requirements for the state’s public institutions of higher education; (2) career and technical education geared toward jobs in high pay, high growth, or high skill industries; (3) work-based learning; and (4) supplemental services.  Grantees would include those serving underrepresented, poor, and at-risk student populations.  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 6174.

The Charter School Good Governance and Transparency Act (H.R. 6204),  introduced by Representative Chu (D-CA) would require states to provide each charter school in the state that receives funds under the ESEA with a list of licensed, independent auditors that perform governmental audits.  States would be required to develop and implement policies requiring such charter schools to: (1) maintain their financial records in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and applicable state and federal requirements; (2) be audited annually by a licensed, independent auditor, with the findings made public and filed with their authorized public chartering agency and state; and (3) address all audit findings and report to their authorized public chartering agency on actions taken to do so.  The bill would direct states to: (1) require such chartering agencies to report significant audit findings and the measures schools take to address them; and (2) submit overall summary analyses of the annual audits to the Secretary of Education.  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 6204.

The Developing Innovative Partnerships and Learning Opportunities that Motivate Achievement (DIPLOMA) Act (H.R. 6229), introduced by Representative Chu (D-CA) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award renewable five year grants to states and, through them, subgrants to local consortia that include a local educational agency (LEA) and other community partners to: (1) ensure the academic, physical, social, emotional, and civic development of disadvantaged youth; and (2) strengthen their families and communities.  The bill would require that each state grantee to develop and implement a state child and youth strategy that assesses children's needs and the assets within the state that can be mobilized, coordinated, and integrated to achieve quantifiable progress toward goals that include ensuring that: (1) children are ready for school; (2) students are engaged and achieving in school; (3) students are physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally healthy; (4) schools and neighborhoods are safe and provide a positive climate for learning; (5) families are supportive and engaged in their children's education; (6) students are ready for postsecondary education and 21st century careers; and (7) students are contributing to their communities.  [The companion bill is S. 3595 by Senators Brown (D-OH).]  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 6229.

The Early Learning Alignment Act (H.R. 6302), introduced by Representative Altmire (D-PA) would amend ESEA to authorize the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to partnerships to: (1) provide professional development to elementary school principals in early childhood education and development; (2) gain a knowledge base and capacity to provide high quality early childhood education; and (3) collaborate with early childhood education providers, services providers, and families in creating a continuum of high quality development and learning for children in the community and school settings.  The bill requires each partnership to consist of: (1) a public or private entity experienced in training elementary school principals; (2) at least one public agency; and (3) at least one early childhood education organization that trains early childhood education providers.  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 6302.

 The Dieticians in Schools Act of 2010 (H.R. 6324), introduced by Representative Davis, D. (D-IL) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to local educational agencies (including eligible charter schools) so they can provide for the services of registered dieticians in their schools. The bill requires the registered dieticians to: (1) teach students about nutrition and healthy eating habits; and (2) assist in planning the meals that are to be served in the school cafeteria to ensure that such meals are nutritious and consistent with healthy eating habits.  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 6324.

The STAT Act of 2010 (H.R. 6355), introduced by Representative Loebsack (D-IA) would amend ESEA to award formula grants to states and, through them, competitive subgrants to eligible partnerships to: (1) establish or enhance teacher training in statistics education; and (2) develop more rigorous statistics education curricula that are aligned with challenging state academic content and achievement standards in statistics, and integrate statistics in the teaching of other courses.  An “eligible partnership” is a partnership between a local educational agency (LEA) and one or more of the following: (1) an institution of higher education (IHE); (2) another LEA; (3) a public elementary or secondary school or schools; or (4) a government statistical agency experienced in improving the quality of statistics teachers.  The bill would require partnership activities to be consistent with a statistical literacy plan that each state is required to develop and have approved by the Secretary of Education before receiving its formula grant. The bill would authorize the Secretary to award competitive grants to states that lack the resources to develop an adequate plan so that they can do so.  The Secretary also would be authorized to award competitive grants to IHEs, governmental statistical agencies, or nonprofit organizations to: (1) develop model state standards and curriculum frameworks for statistics education; (2) disseminate information about proven and tested model statistics education programs that integrate statistics in other studies; (3) develop and implement new policy approaches to advancing statistics education; (4) conduct national statistics education studies; and (5) advance the widespread adoption by states and LEAs of statistics education content standards.  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 6355.

Note: the NEA favors the adoption of additional, voluntary state-driven academic standards provided that there is capacity among states and educators to implement those standards.

The WE CARE Act (H.R. 6356), introduced by Representative Loebsack (D-IA) would amend Title I of ESEA to require states and local educational agencies (LEAs) to assess the nonacademic factors affecting student academic performance and work with other public, private, nonprofit, and community-based entities to address those factors.  The bill would require the annual report cards issued by states and LEAs to include additional performance data, including information on their efforts to increase community and parental involvement in students’ education.  The bill establishes a new program requiring the Secretary of Education to award matching grants to LEAs for the development and implementation of community involvement policies that leverage the resources, services, and opportunities available from public, private, nonprofit, and community-based partners to address students' academic and nonacademic needs and thereby support their attainment of state academic performance standards.  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 6356.

The Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act (H.R. 6362), introduced by Representative McCarthy (D-NY) would amend ESEA to require states to allow a student who is attending a public school that does not have a safe climate for academic achievement, or who becomes a victim of a violent criminal offense while on school grounds, at a school event, or on a school bus to transfer to a safe public school within the school district. (Currently, the school must be persistently dangerous and the offense must occur on school grounds.)  The bill requires states to: (1) permit schools to provide counseling and educational services to violent offenders in alternative settings; (2) require schools that know a violent offender is returning to school to notify the victim's parents that the offender is returning; and (3) provide school students, families, and staff with an annual report containing certain school crime statistics.  The bill requires a state's determination that a school is unsafe to: (1) be based on those school crime statistics and certain other school data that the state is to collect; (2) be relayed to local educational agencies (LEAs) so that LEAs can relay such information to parents in a timely manner; and (3) result in ameliorative efforts by unsafe schools. The bill directs the Secretary of Education to: (1) make school crime statistics publicly available; and (2) publish a handbook to assist states and LEAs in meeting this Act's school crime, offense, and incident disclosure requirements.  The bill also amends the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities program to augment the information LEAs must provide to states concerning students with guns to include incidents that do not involve a student's expulsion and school-related off-campus incidents, including those involving non-students.  Finally, the bill includes bullying and cyberbullying prevention and emergency preparedness in the federal activities required under the program and directs the Secretary to fund schoolwide climate surveys of students, parents, and school personnel for use in creating collaborative plans for school improvement.  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 6362.