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NEA-Supported Bills on NCLB for the 113th Congress

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

NEA supports the following 209 bills

Senate

S. 146, the School Safety Enhancements Act of 2013 by Senator Boxer (D-CA) would amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to authorize the use of school security grants to install surveillance equipment and to establish hotlines or tiplines for reporting potentially dangerous students and situations. [A related bill is H.R. 1470 by Representative Capps (D-CA).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 146.

S. 195, the Mental Health in Schools Act of 2013 by Senator Franken (D-MN) would amend the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend projects relating to children and violence to provide access to school-based comprehensive mental health programs. The bill would require a comprehensive school mental health program funded under the Act, and would revise the eligibility requirements for a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement to include that: (1) the local education agency will enter into a memorandum of understanding with at least one relevant community-based entity that clearly states the responsibilities of each partner; (2) the program will include training of all school personnel, family members of children with mental health disorders, and concerned members of the community; and (3) the program will demonstrate the measures to be taken to sustain the program after funding terminates. [The companion measure is H.R. 628 by Representative Napolitano (D-CA).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 195.

S. 217 (112th S. 1269), the High School Data Transparency Act of 2013 by Senator Murray (D-WA) would amend the ESEA to require the Secretary of Education to collect the following information annually from each coeducational elementary and secondary school that receives federal financial assistance and has an interscholastic athletic program: (1) the number, gender, and race or ethnicity of students that attended the school; and (2) for each team that competed in athletic competition, the number, gender, and race or ethnicity of participants, the total expenditures, including total salary expenditures for coaches, the number, gender, and employment status of trainers, medical personnel, and coaches, the number of competitions, and postseason record. The bill would require such schools to make the information available to the public, and to inform all students and parents of their right to request such information. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 217.

Note: NEA believes that average salaries should not be made public where an individual salary would be revealed due to cohort size.

S. 254, the Cardiomyopathy Health Education, Awareness, Risk Assessment and Training in the Schools (HEARTS) Act of 2013 by Senator Menendez (D-NJ) would amend the Public Health Service Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to develop and disseminate public education and awareness materials and resources that include: (1) background information to increase education and awareness of cardiomyopathy and other related causes of sudden cardiac death among school administrators, educators, and families; (2) a cardiomyopathy risk assessment worksheet; (3) guidelines regarding the placement of automated external defibrillators in schools and child care centers; (4) training information on defibrillators and cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and (5) recommendations for how schools and child care centers can develop and implement a cardiac emergency response plan. [The companion bill is H.R. 565 by Representative Pallone (D-NJ).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 254.

S. 274, the CHEW Act by Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) would require each local educational agency (LEA) participating in the school improvement program under part A of title I of the ESEA to: (1) develop and implement healthy eating and nutrition education programs in its schools, and (2) periodically monitor schools' efforts to improve students' healthy eating and nutritive knowledge. The bill would include professional development for teachers, staff, and food service workers as part of those programs. The bill would create an inter-agency task force to review nutrition education curricula and recommend effective programs for elementary and secondary schools. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 274.

S. 282, the Counseling for Career Choice Act by Senator Begich (D-AK) would amend the ESEA to direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to states to develop and implement comprehensive school counseling programs that provide students with effective postsecondary education planning and career guidance services. The bill would require that programs be aligned with a statewide counseling framework, and that grant funds be used to: (1) train and hire school counselors; (2) identify regional workforce trends and postsecondary options available in the state; (3) establish, improve, or coordinate postsecondary opportunities; and (4) recommend curricular improvements to better align curricula with workforce trends and available postsecondary opportunities. The bill allows states to carry out program activities directly or through competitive subgrants. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 282.

S. 283 (112th S. 895), the Investing in Innovation for Education Act of 2013 by Senator Begich (D-AK) would direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) and nonprofit organizations to support school innovation efforts of public schools and LEAs. At least 25 percent of grant funds would have to be awarded for projects in rural areas. The bill would require each grant applicant to demonstrate that it has partnered with at least one private, nonprofit, or community-based organization that will provide matching funds, though the Secretary could waive the matching funds requirement upon a showing of exceptional circumstances. The bill requires that each grant be used to address at least one of the following areas of school reform: (1) improving the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders and promoting their equitable distribution; (2) strengthening the use of data to improve education; (3) providing high-quality instruction that is based on rigorous standards and measuring students' proficiency using high-quality assessments that are aligned to those standards; (4) turning around the lowest-performing schools; and (5) any other area of school reform the Secretary chooses. The bill would require the Secretary to establish performance measures for tracking each grantee's progress in improving the academic performance of public elementary and secondary school students, and specified subgroups of those students. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 283.

S. 322 (112th S. 1170), the Ready to Learn Act by Senator Murray (D-WA) would amend ESEA to authorize the Secretary of Education to award competitive matching grants to states and, through them, subgrants to schools, child care entities, Head Start programs, or other community-based prekindergarten providers for high-quality, full-day, voluntary prekindergarten programs that prepare four-year olds for school. The bill would require that such programs: (1) first serve children whose family income is no higher than 200 percent of the poverty level or who are limited English proficient; (2) ensure that, within two years of grant receipt, each classroom is taught by a teacher who has at least a baccalaureate degree in early childhood education or such a degree and specialized training in early childhood development; (3) use curricula that are aligned with state early learning standards; and (4) have teacher-child ratios of no more than 1 to 10 and group sizes of no more than 20. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 322.

S. 326 (112th S. 1370), the After School for America's Children Act by Senator Boxer (D-CA) would amend and authorize the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program under Title IV of the ESEA to provide: (1) students with activities that are targeted to their academic needs and aligned with the instruction they receive during the school day; and (2) students' families with opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children's education. The bill would require states to favor applicants serving poor and academically struggling students, and would prohibit the Secretary or states from giving funding priority to applicants that propose to use the funds to extend the regular school day. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 326.

S. 358 (112th S. 758), the STEM Master Teacher Corps Act of 2013 by Senator Franken (D-MN) would amend ESEA to direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive matching grants to consortia of local educational agencies (LEAs) or states, acting in partnership with institutions of higher education or nonprofit organizations to establish a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Master Teacher Corps program. The bill would require grantees to: (1) select exemplary elementary and secondary school STEM teachers for membership in the STEM Master Teacher Corps; (2) provide those teachers with compensation that supplements their base salaries for taking on additional duties and leadership roles, with higher compensation going to those teaching at high-need public schools; (3) provide and track the effectiveness of research-based training for Corps members; (4) provide discretionary resources for use by Corps members at high-need schools; (5) help coordinate instructional leadership and mentoring roles for Corps members; and (6) facilitate efforts by Corps members to inform STEM education policy at the national, state, and local levels. The bill would also require grantees to ensure that at least 75 percent of their STEM Master Teacher Corps are teachers at high-need schools. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 358.

S. 370 (see 112th S. 434), the Teaching Geography Is Fundamental Act by Senator Cochran (R-MS) 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 and through other actions. [A related bill is H.R. 822 by Representative Van Hollen (D-MD).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 370.

S. 372 (112th S. 1782), the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act of 2013 by Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ) would authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants, on a competitive basis, to eligible entities, including state and local education agencies, to enable such entities to carry out programs that provide evidence- based sex education. [The companion measure is H.R. 725 by Representative Lee (D-CA).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 372.

S. 392 (112th S. 392), the Promoting Health as Youth Skills In Classrooms And Life Act by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) would amend ESEA to include health education and physical education in the definition of “core academic subjects.” See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 392.

S. 403, the Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2013 by Senator Casey (D-PA) would amend ESEA to require states to direct their local educational agencies (LEAs) to establish policies that prevent and prohibit conduct, including bullying and harassment, that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to: (1) limit students' ability to participate in, or benefit from school programs; or (2) create a hostile or abusive educational environment that adversely affects their education. The bill would require LEAs to provide: (1) annual notice of the conduct prohibited in their discipline policies; (2) grievance procedures that target such conduct; and (3) annual data on the incidence and frequency of that conduct at the school and LEA level. The bill would also require a biennial evaluation of programs and policies to combat bullying and harassment and collection of state data to determine the incidence and frequency of the conduct prohibited by LEA discipline policies. [A related measure is H.R. 1199 by Representative Linda Sanchez (D-CA).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 403.

S. 438 (112th S. 2180), the Tax Credit for Early Educators Act of 2013 by Senator Begich (D-AK) would amend the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) provide a tax credit for professional school personnel in early childhood education; (2) extend until 2018 the tax deduction for certain expenses of eligible educators and expand the definition of “eligible educators” to include teachers, instructors, counselors, or aides in a preschool or early childhood program; and (3) eliminate the income-based reduction in the tax credit for employer-provided dependent care services. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 438.

S. 439, the Career and Technical Education Facilities Modernization Act by Senator Begich (D-AK) would direct the Secretary of Education to support local educational agencies (LEAs), community colleges, and other appropriate entities in modernizing, renovating, or repairing facilities used to provide science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or career and technical education to public elementary, secondary school, or community college students. The Secretary would support eligible entities with grants or loan guarantees or by making payments of interest on the financial instruments they use to fund the modernization, renovation, or repair of those facilities. The bill would direct at least 25 percent of funds to specified LEAs and community colleges serving rural students. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 439.

S. 440, the PRE ED Act of 2013 by Senator Begich (D-AK) would amend the ESEA to include early childhood educators in the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) and Direct Loan (DL) forgiveness programs for teachers. The bill sets forth eligibility requirements and would cap at $25,000 the amount of an early childhood educator's FFEL or DL that may be forgiven. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 440.

S. 441, the Professional Development for Educators Act of 2013 by Senator Begich (D-AK) would direct the Secretary of Education to allot grants to states and, through them, subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to provide professional development to educators. The bill would make each state's allotment equivalent to its share of school improvement funds under part A of Title I of the ESEA. The bill would require states to use a portion of their funds to establish criteria for quality professional development, develop methods for evaluating and improving professional development activities, create a registry of quality professional development activities; hire regional professional development coordinators to work as liaisons between the state and LEAs regarding those activities; and submit annual reports to the Secretary regarding the progress they make under the grant program. LEAs would be required to dedicate at least 25 percent of each subgrant to professional development activities involving science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and career and technical education. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 441.

S. 456 (112th S. 547), the Annual National Classified School Employee of the Year Award Act 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. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 456.

S. 502 (112th S. 1156), the Prepare All Kids Act of 2013 by Senator Casey (D-PA) would amend Title I of ESEA to establish a Prekindergarten Incentive Fund for qualified pre-kindergarten providers to establish, expand, or enhance voluntary, high-quality, full-day prekindergarten programs serving children ages three through five. The Act would also provide for early childhood development programs for children from birth through age three and foster early childhood extended day and year programs. [The companion bill is H.R. 1368 by Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 502.

S. 512 (112th S. 857), the TALENT Act by Senator Grassley (D-IA) would amend the ESEA to require state assessments of student proficiency to measure individual academic achievement, including above grade-level achievement. The bill would requires states to: (1) recognize local educational agencies (LEAs) that significantly increase the proportion of their students, overall and in specified student subgroups, that score at or above the advanced level of achievement on such assessments; (2) assist their LEAs and schools in providing additional educational assistance to advanced, gifted, and talented students; and (3) report annually a comparison of the performance of students between different LEAs at each level of achievement, disaggregated by specified student subgroups. The bill would require LEAs receiving school improvement funds to identify gifted and talented students and support their learning needs and require LEAs and partnerships that receive funding under the Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund program to train educators to identify and support gifted and talented students. The bill would authorize LEAs to use funding under: (1) the small rural school achievement program to support gifted and talented students, and (2) the rural and low-income school program to train teachers to meet the unique learning needs of gifted and talented students. The bill would also foster research and would amend other legislation to support gifted and talented students. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 512.

S. 519, the PRE-K Act or Providing Resources Early for Kids Act of 2013 by Senator Hirono (D-HI) would amend ESEA to direct the Secretary of Education to award matching grants to states to enhance or improve state-funded preschool programs. The bill would set forth a grant formula favoring states that: (1) have curricula aligned with state early-learning standards; (2) use nationally established best practices for class size and teacher-to-student ratios; (3) require each teacher to have at least an associate degree in early childhood education or a related field; (4) require such programs to operate for at least a full academic year; and (5) have a plan for meeting the requirement, within five years of receiving such grant, that teachers have at least a baccalaureate degree in early childhood education or have such degree in a related field, but have also completed specialized training in early childhood education. [The companion measure is H.R. 1041 by Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 519.

S. 648, the Helping Educators Support All Students Act by Senator Klobuchar (D-MN) would amend the ESEA to support teacher and school professional training on awareness of student mental health conditions. The bill would authorize the Secretary to award grants to eligible state educational agencies to enable such agencies to award subgrants to eligible local educational agencies to support an existing, or develop a new, program that will educate teachers, school personnel, and specialized instructional support personnel on mental health conditions in children, including the causes, symptoms, and impact on learning. The bill would require the Secretary to develop measures of program outcomes for LEAs, gather data on the outcomes and report to Congress after an in-depth program evaluation. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 648.

S. 708 (112th S. 833), the Success in the Middle Act of 2013 by Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) would direct the Secretary of Education to make grants to states, based on their proportion of poor children aged 5 to 17, to: (1) implement state middle grades needs analyses and improvement plans that describe what students must master to successfully complete the middle grades and succeed in academically rigorous secondary school coursework; and (2) award competitive subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) or partnerships of LEAs and institutions of higher education, educational service agencies, or educational nonprofit organizations to implement a comprehensive middle school improvement plan for each eligible school. The bill would also provide the Secretary with funding to contract for studies that identify promising practices for improving middle grades education and for other national activities. [The companion measure is H.R. 2316 by Representative Grijalva (D-AZ)]. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 708.

S. 756 (112th S. 3173), the Helping Schools Protect Our Children Act of 2013 by Senator Feinstein (D-CA) would amend the ESEA to include the training of school personnel to recognize child sexual abuse among the uses of grants to states and subgrants to local educational agencies and partnerships under part A (Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund) of Title II. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 756.

S. 758 (112th S. 929), the Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) Act by Senator Murray (D-WA) would direct the Secretary of Education to award grants to states to develop and implement comprehensive plans to improve literacy for children from birth through grade 12 and to award competitive subgrants to: (1) local educational agencies (LEAs) and early childhood education providers that serve high-needs children to support certain early literacy initiatives for children from birth through kindergarten entry; and (2) LEAs that serve a high number or proportion of low-income children, children reading or writing below grade level, or schools identified as needing improvement to implement certain literacy initiatives for children in kindergarten through grade 12. [A related bill is H.R. 2706 by Representative Yarmuth (D-KY).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 758.

S. 829 (112th S. 853), the Financial Literacy for Students Act by Senator Hagan (D-NC) would amend Part D of Title V of ESEA by authorizing awards to State Education Agencies (SEAs): (1) to integrate financial literacy education into each public elementary school and public secondary school within a state that is eligible to receive funds under Title I; and (2) to provide professional development regarding the teaching of financial literacy in core academic subjects to each secondary school teacher of financial literacy or entrepreneurship within a state. [The companion measure is H.R. 2920 by Representative Cartwright (D-PA).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 829.

S. 833 (112th S. 571), the Educational Success for Children and Youth Without Homes Act of 2013 by Senator Murray (D-WA) would amend the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to provide more funding, resources and attention toward the education of homeless children and youths. The bill would also establish a separately funded Emergency Disaster Grant program to increase local educational agencies’ capacities to respond to major disasters that increase their enrollment of homeless youth. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 833.

S. 840, the School Principal Recruitment and Training Act by Senator Franken (D-MN) would amend the ESEA to establish a principal recruitment and training grant program awarding renewable, matching grants to states, local educational agencies (LEAs), educational service agencies, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and partnerships of those entities to recruit, prepare, place, and support principals in eligible schools. The bill would require grantees to develop a leadership training program for principals, mentors, and other school leaders that prepares and supports them in leading effective school reform efforts in persistently low-achieving schools. Grantees would then be required to implement their leadership training program, selecting cohorts of trained or experienced principals to lead school reform efforts in persistently low-achieving schools; supporting interaction among principals who have completed the training program; and disseminating information to principals, mentors, and other school leaders engaged in reform efforts in persistently low-achieving schools. [A related measure is H.R. 1736 by Representative Davis, S. (D-CA).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 840.

S. 844 (112th S. 616), the Supporting Community Schools Act of 2013 by Senator Sanders (I-VT) would amend Title I Part A of the ESEA to authorize local educational agencies to use school improvement funds to transform schools identified as needing improvement, corrective action, or restructuring into community schools. The bill defines a “community school” as a public elementary or secondary school that partners with community-based entities, both public and private, to address students’ academic, health, and developmental needs while also serving as a community center that provides or hosts relevant community services. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 844.

Note: NEA supports a school improvement approach that would allow all struggling or “priority” schools, after engaging in a comprehensive review process, to choose strategies within the community schools model or other models that best meet local needs and have evidence of success, rather than picking a single model.

S. 854, the STEM Education for the Global Economy Act of 2013 by Senator Merkley (D-OR) would amend the ESEA to replace the Mathematics and Science Partnerships program with a STEM Education program. The bill would direct the Secretary of Education to allot formula grants to states and, through them, award competitive subgrants to high-needs local educational agencies to improve preschool and elementary and secondary school STEM education. The bill would require subgrants to be used for activities that include: (1) recruiting, supporting, evaluating, and training STEM teachers; (2) developing and improving high-quality STEM curricula and instructional supports to improve student achievement in those subjects; and (3) integrating STEM instruction with instruction in reading, English language arts, or other academic subjects. The bill would direct the Secretary of Education to award grants to partnerships between states or local educational agencies and outside entities to establish and operate STEM master teacher corps programs. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 854.

S. 870, the Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act of 2013 by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) would authorize the Secretary of Education to make formula grants to states and, through them, competitive subgrants to local educational agencies to establish or enhance educational programs and related services that enable pregnant and parenting students to enroll in, attend, and succeed in school. [The companion measure is H.R. 1845 by Representative Polis (D-CO).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 870.

S. 940 (112th S. 1177), the Graduation Promise Act of 2013 by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) would authorize the Secretary of Education to make grants to states (and subgrants to local educational agencies 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 annual measurable growth 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 annual measurable growth 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, annual measurable growth indicators, 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. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 940.

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.

S. 1025, the Helping Communities Rebuild After Deadly School Shootings and Other Traumatic Events Act by Senator Murphy (D-CT) would amend the ESEA to authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to improve the learning environment at a school that has experienced a violent or traumatic crisis on campus. The bill would require LEAs to use that grant to: (1) acquire real property; (2) construct new facilities; or (3) renovate, repair, or alter existing facilities for an elementary or secondary school that has experienced such a crisis. [The companion measure is H.R. 2102 by Representative Esty (D-CT).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1025.

S. 1033 (112th S. 576), the Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids (FIT Kids) Act by Senator Harkin (D-IA) would require the Secretary of Education to award grants to states to implement comprehensive programs to promote physical activity, education, and fitness and nutrition that are based on scientifically valid research and an analysis of need that considers, at a minimum, physical education indicators. [The companion measure is H.R. 2178 by Representative Kind (D-WI).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1033.

S. 1036 (112th S. 1015), the Foreign Language Education Partnership Program Act by Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ) would amend ESEA 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 companion measure is H.R. 2170 by Representative Holt (D-NJ).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1036.

S. 1043 (112th S. 1158), the English Learning and Innovation Act by Senator Bennet (D-CO) would authorize grants to states, local educational agencies (LEAs), and public charter schools or charter school management organizations to carry out activities that result in English language learners (ELLs) becoming proficient in English so they can access the knowledge needed to meet state college and career readiness standards. The bill would include among those activities: (1) improving instructional programs, including through the use of dual-language or bilingual education; (2) ensuring that English learners are taught by effective teachers at schools administered by effective principals; (3) increasing the ability of families of English learners to engage in their child's education and development; and (4) expanding best practices to other schools or LEAs. The bill would also authorize the Secretary to award competitive capacity building grants to states and LEAs that have experienced a significant increase in ELL students. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1043.

S. 1062 (112th S. 3582), the Educator Preparation Reform Act by Senator Reed (D-RI) would amend Title II of the HEA to significantly revise, and reauthorize appropriations for, the Teacher Quality Partnership grant program. The bill would also amend part A (Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund) of Title II of ESEA to require states to develop and disclose criteria for identifying a teacher preparation program as low-performing or at risk. The bill would replace the program under subpart 3 of part A with a program under which states directly or through subgrants: (1) provide technical assistance to and close low-performing teacher preparation programs; and (2) develop a system for assessing the quality and effectiveness of professional development offered throughout the state. The bill would permit the use of funds to develop and implement a teacher performance assessment for teacher preparation programs, local educational agencies, and the state agency responsible for licensing teachers, and for professional development. The bill would prohibit IHEs that are projected to close from offering new TEACH grants. [The companion measure is H.R. 2172 by Representative Honda (D-CA).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1062.

Note: NEA believes this improved version of the bill would benefit from being strengthened in the areas of defining high quality teacher preparation programs and tracking the impact of program graduates as one of the measures of program quality.

S. 1063 (112th S. 1674), the Effective Teaching and Leading Act by Senator Reed (D-RI) would amend Title II of the ESEA to create a new Part E: Building School Capacity for Effective Teaching and Leadership. The bill would direct the Secretary of Education to allot grants to states for subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to improve teaching and school leadership through a system of teacher and principal induction, professional development, and evaluation that is developed, implemented, and evaluated in collaboration with local teacher, principal, and school leader organizations and preparation programs. The bill requires LEAs to include in such a system: (1) a comprehensive, coherent, high-quality formalized induction program for beginning teachers during their first two years of full-time employment; (2) high-quality effective professional development for teachers, principals, school librarians, and other school leaders at their lowest achieving schools; (3) a rigorous, transparent, and equitable teacher and principal evaluation system for all their schools; (4) ongoing high-quality support, coaching, and professional development for principals and other school leaders at their lowest achieving schools; (5) opportunities for teachers and school librarians to assume new school leadership roles and receive training regarding such roles; and (6) significant and sustainable stipends above a teacher's base salary for teachers who serve as mentors, instructional coaches, teacher leaders, or evaluators under these programs. [The companion measure is H.R. 2173 by Representative Honda (D-CA).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1063.

Note: NEA believes that teacher support and evaluation systems should be mutually agreed upon and include at least three components: evidence of classroom practice, evidence of growth in student learning, and evidence of contributions to the profession.

S. 1067 (112th S. 716), the Innovation Inspiration School Grant Program Act 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 (including robotics), and mathematics (STEM) in secondary schools; (2) support the participation of secondary school students in nontraditional STEM teaching methods; and (3) broaden secondary school students' access to STEM careers. The bill gives priority to grant applications that target: (1) a rural or urban school, (2) a low-performing school or LEA, or (3) an LEA or school that serves students who are eligible for free or reduced price lunches. [A related measure is H.R. 1243 by Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1067.

S. 1082 (112th S. 1179), the Accelerated Learning Act of 2013 by Senator Franken (D-MN) would direct the Secretary of Education to allot grants to states, based on their share of low-income elementary and secondary school students, to cover part or all of the Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) examination fee low-income students incur. The bill would also direct the Secretary to award competitive matching grants to states, local educational agencies (LEAs), or partnerships between a nonprofit organization and a state or LEA for activities that increase: (1) the number of qualified teachers at high-needs schools who are teaching AP or IB courses; (2) the number of AP or IB courses offered at high-needs schools, and (3) the number of students at high-needs schools who enroll and succeed in such courses. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1082.

S. 1087, the Enhancing Education Through Technology Act of 2013 by Senator Hagan (D-NC) would direct the Secretary to award matching grants to states and, through them, subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to strengthen state and local technological infrastructure and professional development that supports digital learning. LEA’s would be required to use: (1) at least 40 percent of those funds to support the acquisition of technology that addresses their technology infrastructure and access needs, and (2) at least 35 percent of those funds for professional development for digital learning. The bill would also direct the Secretary to award competitive grants to eligible partnerships to improve student achievement through the use of technology and digital learning. [The companion measure is H.R. 521 by Representative Miller, George (D-CA).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1087.

Note: NEA strongly supports the proposed federal reinvestment in education technology infrastructure and enhanced educator capacity and opportunity to use digital tools and methods to improve instruction and student learning which this bill reflects. Regardless of the manner of delivery, students should be instructed by a fully licensed or certified teacher, and all grant applications should include an explicit commitment and attention to the professional development necessary to enable all educators to develop proficiency incorporating digital tools and methods in their instructional practice.

S. 1088 (112th S. 555), the Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 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 would include harassment as a form of discrimination, protect against retaliation, and establish a right of action for aggrieved individuals. The bill would also authorize the Attorney General to institute a civil action in any appropriate U.S. district court for a violation of this Act. [A related measure is H.R. 1652 by Representative Polis (D-CO).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1088.

S. 1096, the Office of Rural Education Policy Act by Senator Baucus (D-MT) would establish an Office of Rural Education Policy in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Office would be headed by a Director who would advise the Secretary and would: (1) establish and maintain a clearinghouse for collecting and disseminating specified information on rural education; (2) identify innovative research and demonstration projects on topics of importance to rural schools; (3) coordinate rural education activities within the Department; (4) inform the Department of other federal agency activities related to rural education; (5) coordinate its activities with Indian schools and the Department of the Interior's responsibilities regarding such schools; (6) provide technical assistance and other support for rural education improvement efforts; and (7) produce an annual report, for Congress and the public, on the condition of rural education. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1096.

S. 1107, the Native Hawaiian Education Act by Senator Hirono (D-HI) would amend the Native Hawaiian Education Act to revise the duties and composition of the Native Hawaiian Education Council. The bill would direct the Council, in addition to its existing duties, to: (1) serve as a clearinghouse for the educational and related services and programs available to Native Hawaiians, and (2) provide technical assistance to Native Hawaiian organizations that apply for or receive Native Hawaiian Education program grants. The bill would also include charter schools as eligible recipients of Native Hawaiian Education program grants, in addition to Native Hawaiian education organizations, Native Hawaiian community-based organizations, and public and private nonprofit entities. [The companion measure is H.R. 2287 by Representative Gabbard (D-HI).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1107.

S. 1108 (112th H.R. 1342), the Local Taxpayer Relief Act by Senator Hirono (D-HI) would make permanent certain amendments to the Impact Aid program set to expire in 2015 and reauthorize appropriations for the Impact Aid program through FY 2017. The bill would alter the formulas for: determining the payments due local educational agencies (LEAs) for eligible federally-connected children; determining the construction payments due LEAs that are eligible for other Impact Aid payments; and determining whether a state's plan for equalizing assistance to its LEAs will exempt it from the prohibition on state aid to LEAs being affected by Impact Aid payments. The bill would require new LEAs applying for Impact Aid to have boundaries established by state law and the authority to tax or receive an imputed local tax. [A related measure is H.R. 2296 by Representative Noem, (R-SD).]. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1108.

S. 1109 (112th S. 1495), the Early Intervention for Graduation Success Act of 2013 by Senator Murkowski (R-AK) would amend ESEA provisions designed to reduce the dropout rate and authorize appropriations through FY 2019. The bill would replace the existing grant program with an early intervention for graduation success program awarding competitive, renewable, five-year early intervention grants to states and, through them, subgrants to partnerships between local educational agencies and early childhood education providers that serve a high percentage of students who bear the risk factors for dropping out of school. In addition to requiring and permitting actions by state grantees to reduce the dropout rate, the bill would allow subgrantees to: (1) use the data relevant to risk factors for non-graduation made available by state agencies and other sources to implement research-based, individualized interventions for at-risk students; (2) develop and implement individual learning plans for each at-risk early childhood, elementary, and secondary school student; (3) provide teacher training; (4) integrate community and family support services; and (5) foster students' high expectations and improve their chances for academic success. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1109.

S. 1113, a bill to provide professional development for elementary school principals in early childhood education and development by Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) would amend ESEA 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. The bill would require 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. The bill would also direct the Secretary to establish a panel of leading experts in elementary and early childhood education to identify the best practices in professional development for elementary school principals, review the effective coordination of such training among grantees, and disseminate the latest research and findings regarding such training. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1113.

S.1126, the Prescribe A Book Act by Senator Reed (D-RI) would amend ESEA to to authorize the Secretary of Education to award matching grants to nonprofit organizations for the implementation of Pediatric Early Literacy Programs, through which: (1) health care providers encourage parents to read aloud to their children and offer parents developmentally appropriate recommendations and strategies for doing so; (2) health care providers give each visiting child between the ages of six months and five years a new, developmentally appropriate children's book to take home and keep; and (3) volunteers in health care facility waiting areas read to children and show parents the techniques and pleasures of sharing books. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1126.

S. 1127 (112th S. 1328), the Strengthening Kids' Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLS) Act by Senator Reed (D-RI) would amend part A of Title I of ESEA to require the inclusion of effective school library programs in school improvement programs. The bill would define an “effective school library program” as one that: (1) is staffed by a state-sanctioned school librarian; (2) has up-to-date materials and technology, including broadband; (3) includes regular collaboration between teachers and school librarians concerning school reform efforts; and (4) supports the development of digital literacy skills. The bill would replace the existing program under subpart 4 (Improving Literacy Through School Libraries) of part B of Title I of ESEA with a new program awarding competitive three-year grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) that serve students, at least 20 percent of whom are impoverished, to develop and enhance effective school library programs. The bill would amend Title II of ESEA to rename part A the Teacher, School Librarian, and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund. The bill would require states and local educational agencies to use funds under the program to train school librarians and recruit and retain highly effective school librarians. [A related bill is H.R. 2515 by Representative Grijalva (D-AZ).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1127.

S. 1129 (112th S. 619), the STEM 2 Act by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) would direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive planning grants to states, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, nonprofit organizations, or institutions of higher education (IHEs) to develop effective state or tribal science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) networks that coordinate STEM education efforts by: (1) facilitating communication and collaboration among public and private STEM stakeholders, and (2) identifying STEM occupational skills needed in the future. The bill would direct the Secretary to award competitive grants to develop, implement, and evaluate STEM education training programs for teachers and administrators. The bill would require the Secretary to award competitive grants to support curriculum development, assessments, or related activities that enable states to adopt new mathematics and science academic standards. The bill would also require the Secretary to establish a national panel to identify and recommend the most effective STEM curricula models for kindergarten through grade 12. [The companion measure is H.R. 2334 by Representative Lujan (D-NM).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1129.

S. 1131 (112th S. 1519), the Building upon Unique Indian Learning and Development Act by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) would require the Secretaries of Education and Interior to establish an Education Joint Oversight Board to coordinate Indian education policies and assistance. The bill would amend Part A of ESEA Title VII (Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native Education) to award grants to local educational agencies (LEAs), IHEs, or nonprofit organizations to create or expand teacher and administrator pipelines for teachers and administrators of Native American students. The bill would amend the Title I school improvement program to require states to develop standards-based assessments and classroom lessons that accommodate diverse learning styles. The bill would direct: (1) the Secretary to expand programs for Native American school children to support learning in the children's Native language and culture and provide English language instruction, and (2) the Comptroller General to conduct research on culture- and language-based education. The bill would except Native language teachers from the requirement that teachers be highly qualified and would require states, in collaboration with Indian tribes or Tribal Colleges and Universities, to develop an alternative licensure or certification process for those teachers. The bill would require reservation of at least 0.5% of their funding for Indian elementary and secondary schools or early learning programs. In addition, the bill would require the Secretary to: (1) establish a program to improve school environments and student skill development for healthy choices for Native American students and (2) establish a program for school dropout prevention for Native American students. The bill would authorize and appropriate additional funds for the Impact Aid program and authorize several additional programs through FY 2016. [The companion measure is H.R. 2367 by Representative Lujan (D-NM).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1131.

Note: NEA supports the overall goals of this bill, but seeks assurances that all educators who serve as the “teacher of record” for classrooms of students are fully prepared and qualified

S. 1178, the Educating Tomorrow's Engineers Act by Senator Gillibrand (D-NY)
would amend ESEA to require states to incorporate engineering design skills and practice into their academic content standards and academic achievement standards and assessments in science by the 2016-2017 school year. The bill would require states to reserve 10% of the grant they receive under the Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund program to award competitive grants to nonprofit organizations and other entities with expertise in STEM fields to develop and provide professional development and instructional materials for STEM education in their state. The bill would change current references to the mathematics and science partnerships program to references to the STEM partnerships program. The bill would amend the 21st century community learning centers program to include STEM activities within the before- and after-school activities funded under that program and amends the rural and low-income school program to include professional development in engineering education. The bill would also promote research and best practices toward improving STEM teaching and learning. [The companion measure is H.R. 2426 by Representative Tonko.] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1178.

S. 1222 (112th S. 567), the REAP Reauthorization Act of 2013 by Senator Collins (R-ME) would amend part B (Rural Education Initiative) of Title VI of ESEA to revise the Small, Rural School Achievement program by limiting eligibility to local educational agencies (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 bill would alter LEA eligibility for federal funds by requiring that: (1) at least 40 percent of the children ages 5 through 17 that LEAs serve be eligible for a free or reduced price lunch; 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. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1222.

S. 1291 (112th S. 941) the Family Engagement in Education Act of 2013 by Senator Reed (D-RI) would amend ESEA Title I to authorize states to reserve school improvement funds to: (1) award a grant to a statewide nonprofit organization to establish a Statewide Family Engagement Center; (2) award grants to nonprofit organizations or Indian tribes that partner with local educational agencies (LEAs) or schools to establish and operate Local Family Engagement Centers that assist families in becoming engaged in their children’s education; and (3) develop and implement a statewide family engagement in education plan. Among the mandates to improve family engagement, the bill would require each state school improvement plan to include family engagement, require each LEA and school receiving school improvement funds to develop policies and practices for family engagement, and increase the percentage of school improvement funds that LEAs must reserve for family engagement activities. The bill would repeal programs authorizing the Secretary to award grants to: (1) nonprofit organizations and consortia of those organizations and LEAs to establish parental information and resource centers, and (2) local nonprofit parent organizations to support local family information centers. [A related bill is H.R. 2662 by Representative Thompson, G. (R-PA).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1291.

S 1293, the BUILD Career and Technical Education Act of 2013 by Senator Merkley (D-OR) would establish a $20 million pilot grant program to support career and technical education exploration programs in middle schools and high schools. The bill would require the Secretary to make grants to local educational agencies, who would be required to use funds for such purposes as: obtaining equipment related to the content of career and technical education exploration program activities; staff expenses to coordinate or implement program activities; and support of professional development programs aligned to the program goals. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1293.

S. 1306 (112th S. 1372), the No Child Left Inside Act of 2013 by Senator Reed (D-RI) would award grants to states and, through them, competitive subgrants to eligible partnerships to support the implementation of state environmental literacy plans that include environmental education standards and teacher training. The bill would include in the eligible partnerships a local educational agency (LEA) and at least one institution of higher education, another LEA, an elementary or secondary school, or a government or nonprofit entity experienced in environmental literacy. The bill would amend Part B ESEA Title II to: (1) include nonprofit environmental education organizations and government science, environmental, or natural resource management agencies among the entities eligible to participate, and (2) to allow the use of funds to train teachers to use environmental education to enhance student understanding of science and mathematics. The bill would amend Part B of ESEA Title IV to include environmental literacy activities among the before- and after- school activities that such program funds at community learning centers. The bill would also direct the Secretary to engage in national activities to promote literacy including coordinating environmental literacy activities among federal agencies. [The companion measure is H.R. 2702 by Representative Sarbanes, J. (D-MD).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1306.

S. 1370 (112th S. 830), the Promoting Innovations to 21st Century Careers Act by Senator Murray (D-WA) 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. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1370.

S. 1407, the Computer Science Education and Jobs Act of 2013 by Senator Casey (D­-PA) would amend several ESEA grant programs, reporting requirements, and definitions (including the definition of "core academic subject" in Section 9101) to include "computer science." See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1407.

S. 1523, the Rebuilding America's Schools Act by Senator Rockefeller (D-WV) would amend the Internal Revenue Code, with respect to tax-exempt bond funding for educational facilities, to: (1) reinstate the national qualified school construction bond limitation amount for calendar years after 2013; (2) make permanent the qualified zone academy bond (QZAB) limitation amount; (3) permit private entities to waive the 10% matching requirement for QZABs; and (4) revise the definition of QZAB for purposes of the credit for issuers of qualified tax credit bonds. [A related measure is H.R. 1629 by Representative Rangel (D-NY).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1523.

S. 1532, the Financial and Economic Literacy Improvement Act of 2013 by Senator Murray (D-WA) would amend ESEA to award formula matching grants to states or partnerships between states and experienced nonprofit providers of financial literacy or personal finance education. The bill requires grantees to use 25% of the grant funds to: (1) develop financial literacy standards and assessments for at least three grade levels; (2) create teacher training programs to embed financial literacy or personal finance education into core academic subjects; and (3) evaluate the impact such education has on students' financial literacy. The bill would require the remaining grant funds to be used for subgrants to LEAs or partnerships between LEAs and community organizations, local businesses, or other educational entities to implement such financial literacy activities, including student assessments and teacher training. The bill would also provide grants to institutions of higher education (IHE) or partnerships with IHEs to advance financial literacy. [A related bill is S. 829 by Senator Hagan (D-NC).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1532.

S. 1546, (112th H.R. 469) the Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act of 2013 by Senator Durbin (D-IL) would require each state that receives funds under ESEA to ensure that all local educational agencies in the state meet a set of requirements for the prevention, management, and treatment of concussions caused by student participation in school sports in elementary and secondary schools. [A related measure is H.R. 3532 by Representative Bishop, T. (D-NY).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1546.

S. 1673, the Early Childhood Care and Education Workforce Improvement Act by Senator Franken (D-MN) would authorize the Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award competitive matching grants to states to support services for early childhood educators and early childhood care and education programs. The bill would require grant applicants to demonstrate that they have a comprehensive early childhood educator professional development system or a plan for developing one. The bill would require the grants to be used to: (1) provide scholarships to current or prospective early childhood educators to earn a child development associate credential or an associate or baccalaureate degree in early childhood education or a closely related field; (2) enhance or expand professional development to help early childhood care and education programs improve by at least one level on the state’s quality rating and improvement system; (3) provide ongoing professional development opportunities for early childhood educators; (4) encourage cross-sector training opportunities for teachers and staff working in Head Start programs, Early Head Start programs, child care programs, early intervention programs, infant and early childhood mental health programs, home visiting programs, and state-funded prekindergarten and preschool programs; and (5) expand the number of early childhood educators who are trained to work with infants and toddlers. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1673.

S. 1674, the Parent Education and Family Engagement in Early Childhood Care and Education Act by Senator Franken (D-MN) would authorize the Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award competitive matching grants to states and, through them, competitive subgrants to local agencies to support early childhood and elementary school parent education and family engagement programs. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1674.

S. 1697, the Strong Start for America's Children Act by Senator Harkin (D-IA) would direct the Secretary of Education to allot matching grants to states meeting certain eligibility conditions and, through them, subgrants to local educational agencies, childhood education program providers, or consortia of those entities to implement high-quality prekindergarten programs for children from low-income families. The bill would allot grants to eligible states based on each state’s proportion of children who are age four and who are from families with incomes at or below 200% of the poverty level. The bill would allow states to reserve up to 20% of their grant funds for prekindergarten quality improvement activities, and would authorize states to apply to use up to 15% of their grant for subgrants to high-quality early childhood education and care programs for infants and toddlers whose family income is at or below 200% of the poverty level. The bill would direct the Secretary to award competitive, matching, capacity-building grants to states that assure the Secretary that they will use their grant to become eligible, within three years of receiving the grant, for this Act’s grants for high-quality prekindergarten programs. The bill also would provide grants for Early Head Start-child care partnerships and would amend the Child Care and Development block grant to require states to: (1) ensure that the funding they receive for child care services under the Community Services Block Grant Act and the program of block grants for social services under the Social Security Act is subject to the requirements and limitations of the CCDBGA; (2) provide children with assistance under the CCDBGA for at least 12 months before re-determining their eligibility; and (3) use the CCDBGA’s funding to supplement, not supplant, other public funding for child care services and activities. [A companion bill is H.R. 3461 by Representative Miller, George (D-CA).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1697.

Note: NEA believes that prekindergarten should be provided primarily by public entities.

S. 1777, the Innovate America Act by Senator Klobuchar (D-MN) would require the Secretary of Education to award grants, on a competitive basis, to State educational agencies to enable local educational agencies to establish and maintain new STEM secondary schools, which may include repurposing an existing secondary school to become a STEM secondary school. The bill would also require a database and report on STEM secondary schools, a study of retention of STEM students in higher education, expansion of undergraduate research opportunities, and the addition of computer science in the Robert Noyce teacher scholarship program. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1777.

Note: NEA’s position refers only to the education title of this bill.

S. 1796, the STEM Gateways Act by Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) would direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to elementary and secondary school programs that promote engagement and success in STEM education for women and girls, underrepresented minorities, and individuals from all economic backgrounds. The bill directs the Secretary to award grants to local educational agencies (LEAs), consortia of LEAs, educational service agencies, and non-profits or community colleges in partnership with LEAs. Grant funds would be approved for the following uses in addition to advancing the specified goals of the bill: (1) extra-curricular and after-school STEM programs; (2) tutoring and mentoring in STEM education; (3) summer programs in STEM fields; (4) professional development for teachers, afterschool providers, and other school personnel in elementary and secondary schools; (5) purchasing equipment, hardware, and educational materials used to teach and encourage interest in STEM fields; and (6) internships or opportunities for experiential learning in STEM fields. [The companion measure is H.R. 3690 by Representative Kennedy (D-MA).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1796.

S. 1948, the Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act by Senator Tester (D-MT) would amend ESEA to authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to schools and private or tribal nonprofit organizations to develop and maintain, or improve and expand, programs that support the use by schools, from the prekindergarten through postsecondary level, of Native American languages as their primary language of instruction. The bill requires grant applicants to present the Secretary with specified assurances and demonstrations that the schools they will support have the capacity to provide education primarily through a Native American language. [The companion measure is H.R. 4214 by Representative Cole (R-OK).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 1948.

Note: NEA believes that grantee services under the bill should be provided to schools operated by local educational agencies or Tribes or to other federally supported elementary school or secondary schools serving Native students.

S. 2029, the All Year School Study Act by Senator Kirk (R-IL) would amend the uses of Section 5411 of ESEA (Fund for the Improvement of Education) by adding activities to establish or expand programs providing year-round education at public elementary schools or secondary schools that focus on raising student achievement and may include increasing the salaries of teachers who agree to work in the year-round education programs by an amount not to exceed 100 percent. The bill would also create a pilot program for year-round school activities. The bill would include a construction clause stating that nothing in the bill is designed to affect the rights of employees under current law or collective bargaining agreements. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 2029.

S. 2036, the Keeping All Students Safe Act by Senator Harkin (D-IA) would generally prohibit the use of student seclusion and the use of mechanical, chemical and specified physical restraints. The bill would: allow for physical restraints only in emergency situations; allow the use of physical restraints in a student’s individual education plan (IEP) under certain conditions if the state explicitly allows for the inclusion in a student’s IEP; require the adoption of policies to implement the legislation; require states to collect and make public data on the occurrence of seclusions and restraints; require parental notice, debriefing and planning after incidents of physical restraint; and establish a state grant program to enhance the state’s ability to promote, within its local educational agencies preventive programming and training for school personnel. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 2036.

S. 2108, the National STEM Education Tax Incentive for Teachers Act of 2014 by Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) would amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow certain full-time elementary and secondary school teachers of mathematics, science, engineering, or technology courses a refundable tax credit for 10% of their undergraduate tuition up to $1,000 in any taxable year. The bill would increase such credit amount to $1,500 for teachers in schools serving disadvantaged children. [A related bill is H.R. 118 by Representative Holt (D-NJ).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 2108.

S.2167, the Computer Science Career Education Act of 2014 by Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to eligible partnerships to develop and operate a four- or six-year computer science career education program. Such programs would include: the development of computer science programs for both secondary education and postsecondary education; professional development for teachers; career and academic counseling for the students; and other specified uses. An “eligible partnership” would mean a consortium between or among at least one local educational agency, at least one institution of higher education, and representatives of the community, including nonprofit organizations, local or regional employers (including state agencies) with a documented workforce need in the computer science sector, workforce investment boards or other entities providing employment services, regional economic development organizations, industry associations, representatives of labor organizations, or central labor coalitions, where appropriate, and parents and students. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 2167.

Note: This bill could be strengthened by including language that would ensure access to these programs for underrepresented students.

S. 2259, the Helping Military Children Succeed in Schools Act by Senator Murray (D-WA) would amend the school improvement program under part A of ESEA Title I to require states to include in their annual state report cards information regarding the number and the academic achievement of their military-connected students.  [A related bill is H.R. 2933 by Representative Davis, S. (D-CA).]  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 2259.

S. 2297, the Nurses for Under-Resourced Schools Everywhere (NURSE) Act by Senator Tester (D-MT) would authorize the Secretary of Education to make competitive matching demonstration grants to LEAs to pay a specified federal share of the cost to reduce the ratio of students to school nurses, particularly in high need LEAs.  The bill would apply to any LEAs in which the student-to-school nurse ratio in each of their public elementary and secondary school is 750 or more to one, but would give grant priority to LEAs that have greatest need of new nursing services or that lack a school nurse altogether in their schools.  [A related bill is H.R. 1857 by Representative McCarthy, C. (D-NY).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 2297.

S. 2349, the Supporting College Success Through Dual Enrollment Act by Senator Sanders (I-VT) would direct the Secretary of Education to make matching grants to states to promote moderate- to low-income student participation in dual-enrollment programs, in which a secondary school student takes courses offered at an institution of higher education (IHE) while enrolled in secondary school and for which the student earns both secondary and postsecondary school credit.  The bill requires states to focus on dual enrollment programs offered in secondary schools in high-poverty areas or student populations with limited access to higher education. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 2349.

S. 2452, the Strong Start for America's Children Act by Senator Harkin (D-IA) would allot matching grants to states and, through them, subgrants to LEAs, childhood education program providers, or consortia of these, to implement high-quality prekindergarten programs for children from low-income families.  The bill would provide a definition of "high-quality prekindergarten programs" including, among other criteria, that such programs must: (1) serve children who are three or four years old or have attained the legal age for state-funded prekindergarten;  (2) require staff to have high qualifications, which for teachers include specified alternative requirements that all involve possessing a bachelor's degree; (3) offer a full-day program; (4) offer teachers salaries comparable to those earned by kindergarten through grade 12 teachers; and (5) meet education performance standards under the Head Start Act.

The bill would allot grants to states based on each state's proportion of children who are age four and who are from families with incomes at or below 200 percent of the poverty level.  The bill authorizes states to use up to 15 percent of their grant for subgrants to high-quality early childhood education and care programs for infants and toddlers whose family income is at or below 200 percent of the poverty level.  The bill also allows states to reserve up to 20 percent of their grant funds over the first four years of their grant for prekindergarten quality improvement activities, including support for teachers seeking a baccalaureate degree in early childhood education or a closely-related field.

The bill directs the secretary to award competitive matching grants to states or LEAs to increase their capacity to offer high-quality prekindergarten programs, and requires state recipients to assure the secretary that they will use such a grant to become eligible, within three years, for the bill’s grants for high-quality prekindergarten programs.

The bill would also amend the Head Start Act to direct the Secretary of HHS to make grants to Early Head Start agencies to partner with center-based or family child care providers [A related bill is H.R. 3461 by Representative Miller, G. (D-CA).  A previous version in this Congress is S. 1697 by Senator Harkin (D-(IA).]  See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 2452.

Note: NEA believes that prekindergarten should be provided primarily by public entities.

Status: The HELP committee reported this bill to the Senate as an original bill.

S. 2557, the Core Opportunity Resources for Equity and Excellence Act of 2014 by Senator Reed (D-RI) would amend the school improvement program under Part A of Title I of ESEA to require states to adopt student achievement standards that lead to college and career readiness by high school graduation.  The bill would then require each state school improvement plan to ensure that the state's public school system enables students to meet those standards by providing them with fair and equitable access to the core resources for learning.  The bill includes among the core resources for learning: (1) high-quality instructional teams; (2) rigorous academic standards and curricula that lead to college and career readiness by high school graduation; (3) equitable and instructionally appropriate class sizes; (4) up-to-date instructional materials, technology, and supplies; (5) effective school library programs; (5) school facilities and technology, including physically and environmentally sound school buildings and well-equipped instructional spaces; (6) specialized instruction support teams providing assessment, diagnosis, counseling, educational, therapeutic, and other necessary services as part of a comprehensive program to meet student needs; and (7) effective programs to engage families and the community in education.

The bill would require the annual report cards to include information on the performance of LEAs and schools in providing students with fair and equitable access to the core resources for learning.  The bill would require states to identify any of their LEAs as needing improvement if they: (1) fail for two consecutive years to make AYP toward state academic content and achievement standards, or (2) have received a waiver of ESEA's statutory or regulatory requirements from the Secretary of Education.  The bill then requires states to: (1) identify any inequities in access to the core resources of learning in schools served by an LEA that has been identified as needing improvement, and (2) work with the LEA to address those inequities.  The bill would prohibit states that fail to make progress toward eliminating inequities in access to the core resources for learning for two or more consecutive years from receiving funds under any competitive grant program authorized by the ESEA.  [The companion measure is H.R. 5001 by Representative Fudge (D-OH).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 2557.

S. 2718, the SAFE PLAY Act by Senator Menendez (D-NJ) would amend Part E of ESEA Title IX to require states to ensure that: (1) each LEA in the state develops and implements a standard plan for concussion safety and management in schools served by that LEA, and (2) that each public school in the state posts information based on peer-reviewed scientific evidence about concussions on school grounds, in a manner visible to students and school personnel, and to making that information publicly available on the school Web site. The bill would also amend Part E to require: (1) the Secretary of Education to develop materials and resources on exposure to excessive heat, and (2) the implementation of excessive heat action plans to be used during school-sponsored athletic activities.

The bill also requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to promote student health and safety by (1) increasing awareness of cardiomyopathy and other higher risk childhood cardiac conditions; (2) providing grants for cardiac training and equipment in schools: (3) creating recommended  guidelines for emergency action plans for student athletics; and (4) creating recommended guidelines for safe energy drink consumption; and (5) providing a report to Congress on the number of sports related fatalities and catastrophic injuries and their causes. [The companion measure is H.R. 5324 by Representative Capps (D-CA).] See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 2718.

S. 2753, the Increasing Student Achievement by Increasing Student Support Act by Senator Tester (D-MT) would direct the Secretary of Education to award five-year renewable grants on a competitive basis to eligible partnerships to carry out pipeline programs to increase the number of school counselors, school social workers, and school psychologists employed by low-income LEAs.  The bill would require that grants be used to: (1) pay the administrative costs of having graduate students in school counseling, school social work, and school psychology complete their required field or course work on site of a participating LEA; (2) hire and pay all or part of the salaries of recent graduates in those fields to work in schools served by participating LEAs; (3) increase the number of counselors, social workers, and psychologists per student in schools served; (4) recruit culturally or linguistically under-represented graduate students for placement in schools served; (5) recruit, hire, and pay faculty as needed to increase the capacity of a participating graduate institution to train graduate; (6) develop coursework; (7)  provide tuition credits to graduate students participating in the program; and (8) provide student loan forgiveness for participating graduates who are employed by participating LEAs for a minimum of five consecutive years.  Eligible partnerships would include: a partnership between one or more low-income LEA local educational agencies (or in some cases an SEA on behalf of LEAs) and one or more eligible graduate institutions. See if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 2753.

 

House

H.R. 112 (112th H.R. 6703), the Measuring and Evaluating Trends for Reliability, Integrity, and Continued Success (METRICS) Act by Representative Holt (D-NJ) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to states, local educational agencies (LEAs) or consortia of LEAs to improve access to and sharing and use of education data to improve student outcomes. The bill would require states to (1) implement aligned statewide education longitudinal data systems that link students P-20 and workforce data; (2) define policies and procedures for the collection of, access to, and use of education data; (3) protect the privacy, security, and confidentiality of student and educator data; (4) link education data with workforce data; (5) match teachers with teacher preparation and certification information; (6) standardize education data through the use of openly developed common education data standards; and (7) meet federal reporting requirements. The bill would offer competitive grants to high-need LEAs to develop and implement a comprehensive plan to: (1) provide interested parties and the public with access to student education data in a manner that ensures its integrity and respects student and educator privacy; (2) improve the ability of school leaders to use student data to improve schools and classroom instruction; and (3) improve the ability of teachers effectively to use student data through on-going, sustainable, and high-quality training. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 112.

H.R. 115, the School Building Enhancement Act 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. 115.

H.R. 118, the National STEM Education Tax Incentive for Teachers Act of 2013 by Representative Holt (D-NJ) would amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow certain full-time elementary and secondary school teachers of math, science, engineering, or technology courses a refundable tax credit for 10% of their undergraduate tuition up to $1,000 in any taxable year. The bill would increase such credit amount to $1,500 for teachers in schools serving disadvantaged children. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 118.

H.R. 209 (112th H.R. 646), 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 by Representative Serrano (D-NY) would authorize $1 billion for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018 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. 209.

H.R. 320 (112th H.R. 3169), the Student Support Act by Representative Lee (D-CA) would amend the ESEA to require the Secretary of Education to make matching grants of at least $1 million to states for allocation to local educational agencies (LEAs) so that additional school-based mental health and student service providers may be hired. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 320.

H.R. 347 (112th H.R. 2536), the 21st Century Readiness Act by Representative Petri (R-WI) would amend the ESEA to support 21st century readiness initiatives that fuse core academic subject knowledge and higher-order thinking skills (such as critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation) to ensure that students are prepared for postsecondary education and careers upon graduation from secondary school. The bill would amend Title I to require the Secretary to examine the extent to which programs and initiatives improve student readiness for postsecondary education and careers. The bill would amend Title II to require high-quality professional development programs to incorporate an aligned system of teaching and learning that includes 21st century skills, standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessments. The bill would amend Title IV (21st Century Schools) to include 21st century readiness initiatives in 21st Century Community Learning Center activities. The bill would amend Title VI to allow assessment grants to be used by states to develop or improve assessments that use technology to measure core academic subject knowledge and higher-order thinking skills. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 347.

H.R. 378 (112th HR 1295), the Student Bill of Rights Act by Representative Fattah (D-PA) would direct the Secretary of Education to determine annually whether each state's public school system provides all its students with educational resources to succeed academically and in life. The bill aims 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 equitability 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. 378.

H.R. 379 (112th H.R. 1294), the Fiscal Fairness Act by Representative Fattah (D-PA would amend Title I, Part A of ESEA 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 percent 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 percent 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. 379.

H.R. 392, the Student Privacy Protection Act of 2009, 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. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 392.

H.R. 403 (112th H.R. 2430), a bill to amend the percentage of funds appropriated under title I of ESEA required to be reserved for outlying areas and the Secretary of the Interior by Representative Sablan (D-MP) would amend Title I of ESEA to alter the percentage of school improvement funds that are reserved for outlying areas and Indian education. The bill would reserve 0.5% of those funds for outlying areas and 0.75% for Indian education. (Currently, 1% of those funds are reserved for outlying areas and Indian education.) See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 403.

H.R. 455 (112th S. 1269), the High School Data Transparency Act of 2013 by Representative Slaughter (D-NY) would amend the ESEA to require coeducational elementary and secondary schools that participate in any ESEA program to: (1) report information on equality in their school athletic programs annually to the Commissioner for Educational Statistics, including certain average coaching salaries; and (2) make such information available to their students, potential students, and the public upon request. The bill would also direct the Commissioner to ensure that such data are posted on the Department of Education's Web site within a reasonable time. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 455.

Note: NEA believes that average salaries should not be made public where an individual salary would be revealed due to cohort size.

H.R. 521, the Transforming Education Through Technology Act by Representative George Miller (D-CA) would direct the Secretary of Education to award matching grants to states and, through them, subgrants to local educational agencies to strengthen state and local technological infrastructure and professional development that support digital learning. The bill would also create a Technology for Tomorrow Fund for renewable, competitive grants for eligible partnerships to improve college and career readiness through the use of technology and digital learning. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 521.

H.R. 536 (112th H.R. 1482), the Diverse Teachers Recruitment Act of 2013 by Representative Susan Davis (D-CA) 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 recruiting, training, and retaining individuals from underrepresented groups as public elementary and secondary school teachers. The bill would give 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 also 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. 536.

H.R. 551 (112th H.R. 925), the Fast Track to College Act of 2013 by Representative Hinojosa (D-TX) 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 for 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. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 551.

H.R. 563 (112th H.R. 1138), the School Social Workers Improving Student Success Act by Representative Moore (D-WI) would amend the ESEA to establish a grant program to fund additional school social workers and retain school social workers already employed in high-need local educational agencies. The bill would prohibit the grant funds from being used to supplant other federal, state, or local funds used for hiring and retaining school social workers. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 563.

H.R. 565, the Cardiomyopathy Health Education, Awareness, Risk Assessment, and Training in the Schools (HEARTS) Act of 2013 by Representative Pallone (D-NJ) would amend the Public Health Service Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to develop and disseminate public education and awareness materials and resources that include: (1) background information to increase education and awareness of cardiomyopathy and other related causes of sudden cardiac death among school administrators, educators, and families; (2) a cardiomyopathy risk assessment worksheet; (3) guidelines regarding the placement of automated external defibrillators in schools and child care centers; (4) training information on defibrillators and cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and (5) recommendations for how schools and child care centers can develop and implement a cardiac emergency response plan. [The companion bill is S. 254 by Senator Menendez (D-NJ).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 565

H.R. 628, the Mental Health in Schools Act of 2013 by Representative Napolitano (D-CA) would amend the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend projects relating to children and violence to provide access to school-based comprehensive mental health programs. The bill would require a comprehensive school mental health program funded under this Act, and would revise the eligibility requirements for a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement to include that: (1) the local education agency will enter into a memorandum of understanding with at least one relevant community-based entity that clearly states the responsibilities of each partner; (2) the program will include training of all school personnel, family members of children with mental health disorders, and concerned members of the community; and (3) the program will demonstrate the measures to be taken to sustain the program after funding terminates. [The companion measure is S. 195 by Senator Franken (D-MN).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 628.

H.R. 700, the ARPA-ED Act by Representative George Miller (D-CA) would authorize the Secretary of Education to reserve up to 30 percent of amounts appropriated for the Investing in Innovation Fund under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to establish and carry out the objectives of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Education (ARPA-ED). The bill would require the Secretary to appoint to the ARPA-ED individuals with expertise in carrying out the Agency's objectives. The bill would require the ARPA-ED to: (1) identify and promote advances in learning, fundamental and applied sciences, and engineering that may be translated into new learning technologies; (2) develop, test, and evaluate new learning technologies and related processes; and (3) accelerate transformational technological advances in education. The bill would direct the Secretary to award grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, or cash prizes to public or private entities in pursuit of these objectives. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 700.

H.R. 725 (112th H.R. 3324), the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act of 2011 by Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) would authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants, on a competitive basis, to eligible entities, including State and local education agencies, to enable such entities to carry out programs that provide evidence-based sex education. [The companion measure is S. 372 by Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 725.

H.R. 791 (112th H.R. 2794), the Continuum of Learning Act of 2013 by Representative Polis (D-CO) would amend Titles I and II of ESEA to foster a continuum of developmentally appropriate and effective learning to connect the early years of childhood education to K-12 education. The bill would require state plans to include early learning guidelines and standards and ready school needs reviews by local educational agencies as part of Title I. The bill would require more rigorous early learning requirements in licensing, certification, and professional development as part of Title II. The bill contains a section prohibiting the use of assessments of young children for high-stakes purposes. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 791.

H.R. 822 (112th H.R. 885), the Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act by Representative Van Hollen (D-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 and through other actions. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 822.

H.R. 866, Universal Prekindergarten and Early Childhood Education Act of 2013 by Representative Norton (D-DC) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants for states to establish full-day prekindergarten programs at public schools. These programs would be required to run on the same yearly calendar as the rest of the applicable school and be taught by comparably qualified teachers. The bill would also require programs to permit parents, regardless of income, to enroll their four-year-old children at schools in which their children may be enrolled for kindergarten. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 866.

H.R. 1007 (112th H.R. 1692), the Asthma Management Plans in School Act by Representative Grimm (R-NY) would amend ESEA to authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to schools that receive school improvement funds under Title I, Part A of the Act 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 Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1007.

H.R. 1041, the PRE-K Act or Providing Resources Early for Kids Act of 2013 by Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) would amend ESEA to direct the Secretary of Education to award matching grants for states to enhance or improve state-funded preschool programs. The bill would set forth a grant formula favoring states that: (1) have curricula aligned with state early learning standards; (2) use nationally established best practices for class size and teacher-to-student ratios; (3) require each teacher to have at least an associate degree in early childhood education or a related field; (4) require such programs to operate for at least a full academic year; and (5) have a plan for meeting the requirement, within five years of receiving such grant, that teachers have at least a baccalaureate degree in early childhood education or have such degree in a related field, but have also completed specialized training in early childhood education. [The companion measure is S. 519 by Senator Hirono (D-HI).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1041.

H.R. 1089 (112th H.R. 3373), the STEM Education Innovation Act by Representative Honda (D-CA) would establish the Office of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education within the Department of Education to administer STEM education, direct the Office of STEM Education to conduct an independent evaluation of the Department's STEM Education programs at least once every five years, and establish an Advanced Research Projects Agency for Education (ARPA-ED) within the Department to pursue breakthrough research and development in educational technology. The bill also directs the Secretary of Education to award matching grants to state-based STEM networks or similar organizations of STEM stakeholders to increase elementary and secondary school students' achievement in the STEM disciplines. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1089.

H.R. 1090, the Elementary Educator STEM Content Coach Act by Representative Honda (D-CA) would direct the Secretary of Education to award grants for states to provide subgrants to partnerships between local educational agencies and public or nonprofit organizations to carry out professional development training programs for elementary school teachers with experience and content knowledge in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The bill also directs the Secretary to plan a national evaluation of the professional development training program for these teachers, described as STEM Coaches. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1090.

H.R. 1199 (112th H.R. 1648), the Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2013 by Linda Sanchez (D-CA) would amend ESEA to require states to direct their local educational agencies (LEAs) to establish policies that prevent and prohibit conduct, including bullying and harassment, that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to: (1) limit students' ability to participate in, or benefit from school programs; or (2) create a hostile or abusive educational environment that adversely affects their education. The bill would require LEAs to provide: (1) annual notice of the conduct prohibited in their discipline policies; (2) grievance procedures that target such conduct; and (3) annual data on the incidence and frequency of that conduct at the school and LEA level. The bill would also require a biennial evaluation of programs and policies to combat bullying and harassment and collection of state data to determine the incidence and frequency of the conduct prohibited by LEA discipline policies. [A related measure is S. 403 by Senator Casey (D-CA).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1199.

H.R. 1243 (112th H.R. 2247), the Innovation Inspiration School Grant Program Act by Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award competitive matching grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to: (1) promote science, technology, engineering (including robotics), and mathematics (STEM) in secondary schools; (2) support the participation of secondary school students in nontraditional STEM teaching methods; and (3) broaden secondary school students' access to STEM careers. The bill gives priority to grant applications that target: (1) a rural or urban school, (2) a low-performing school or LEA, or (3) an LEA or school that serves students who are eligible for free or reduce price lunches under the school lunch program. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1243.

H.R. 1258 (112th H.R. 1617), the Strengthen and Unite Communities with Civics Education and English Development Act of 2013 by Representative Honda (D-CA) would amend the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act to allow that state leadership activities grants be used to provide technical assistance to faith and community-based organizations desiring grants under the Act. The bill would direct the National Institute for Literacy to: (1) disseminate information regarding integrated English literacy, U.S. history, and civics education programs; and (2) study the effectiveness of distance learning or self-study programs for English language learners. The bill would make integrated English literacy, U.S. history, and civics education programs eligible for assistance under the Secretary of Education's national leadership activities program and require the Secretary to award grants to states for integrated English literacy, U.S. history, and civics education programs. The bill would amend several other laws to promote adult education, literacy, civics education and immigrant integration. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1258.

H.R. 1334 (112th H.R. 2902), the Equal Access to Quality Education Act of 2013 by Representative Chu (D-CA) would direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive matching grants to partnerships between high-need local educational agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs) to establish or support: (1) teacher preparation programs, and (2) teacher induction and retention programs. The bill would require the teacher preparation programs to: (1) require participants to complete at least one year of residency followed by at least three years of teaching at the LEA's high-need schools; and (2) award participants a teaching credential or degree that meets state requirements for a teaching license or certification upon completion of the program. The bill would also require the teacher induction and retention programs to use high-quality mentoring, teacher collaboration, and research-based instructional practices to: (1) support and advance the retention of beginning teachers and principals; and (2) promote effective teaching and leadership skills. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1334.

H.R. 1343 (112th H.R. 4366), the Project Ready STEM Act by Representative Fudge (D-OH) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to national and regional intermediaries and, through them, subgrants to community-based affiliates to operate after school, summer, and weekend programs focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The bill would define a “national intermediary” as a national private nonprofit organization that has: (1) a network comprising community-based affiliates in at least 50 urban communities; (2) expertise in overseeing programs to help middle and secondary school students succeed; and (3) operated in at least 25 states continuously for at least 20 years. A “regional intermediary” would be defined as a private nonprofit community-based organization that has: (1) a network comprising community-based affiliates in a prescribed region, and (2) expertise in extending educational services to middle and secondary school students. The bill would also direct each subgrantee to collaborate with an institution of higher education in providing such services. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1343.

H.R. 1368 (112th H.R. 2331), the Prepare All Kids Act by Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) would amend Title I of ESEA to establish a Prekindergarten Incentive Fund for qualified prekindergarten providers to establish, expand, or enhance voluntary high- quality, full-day prekindergarten 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 early childhood extended-day and -year programs. [The companion bill is S. 502 by Senator Casey (D-PA).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1368.

H.R. 1470, the School Safety Enhancement Act by Representative Capps (D-CA) would amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to authorize the use of school security grants to install surveillance equipment and to establish hotlines or tiplines for reporting potentially dangerous students and situations. [A related bill is S. 146 by Senator Boxer (D-CA).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1470.

H.R. 1477 (112th H.R. 1753), a bill to authorize the secretary of Education to award grants to educational organizations to carry out educational programs about the Holocaust by Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) would amend ESEA to authorize the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to educational organizations to carry out proposed or existing Holocaust education programs. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1477.

H.R. 1509 (112th H.R. 5195), the Autism Understanding and Training in School Methodologies for Educators Act of 2013 by Representative Moran (D-VA) would authorize the Secretary of Education to carry out a demonstration program to award five-year grants to eligible local educational agencies for the purposes of: (1) providing training to teachers, paraprofessionals, and other staff on effective ways to teach, communicate, recognize, support, and interact with children with autism spectrum disorders in the classroom; (2) providing technical assistance on training and post-training support issues; (3) executing strategies for recruiting and retaining skilled personnel; and (4) implementing a program of parental support and involvement in the education of students with such disorders. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1509.

H.R. 1514 (112th H.R. 6376), the Instructional Leadership Act of 2013 by Representative Sarbanes (D-MD) would amend the ESEA 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 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 “an effective 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-needs 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. 1514.

H.R. 1617, the Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act by Representative Schakowsky (D-IL) 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. Overall, the bill would create millions of jobs in a range of fields such as law enforcement, education, firefighting and health care. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1617.

H.R. 1629, the Rebuilding America's Schools Act by Representative Rangel (D-NY) would amend the Internal Revenue Code, with respect to tax-exempt bond funding for educational facilities, to: (1) reinstate the national qualified school construction bond limitation amount for calendar years after 2013; (2) make permanent the qualified zone academy bond (QZAB) limitation amount; (3) permit private entities to waive the 10% matching requirement for QZABs; and (4) permit QZAB proceeds to be used for constructing a public school facility in which such an academy is established. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1629.

H.R. 1652 (112th H.R. 998), the Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 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 would include harassment as a form of discrimination, protect against retaliation, and establish a right of action for aggrieved individuals. [A related measure is S. 1088 by Senator Franken (D-MN).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1652.

H.R. 1736, the School Principal Recruitment and Training Act by Representative Susan Davis (D-CA) would amend the ESEA to establish a principal recruitment and training grant program awarding renewable, matching grants to states, local educational agencies (LEAs), and states and LEAs that partner with each other or with nonprofit organizations or institutions of higher education to recruit, prepare, place, and support principals in eligible schools. The bill would require grantees to develop a leadership training program for principals, mentors, and other school leaders that prepares and supports them in leading effective school reform efforts in persistently low-achieving schools. Grantees would then be required to implement their leadership training program, selecting cohorts of experienced principals to lead school reform efforts in persistently low-achieving schools; supporting interaction among principals who have completed the training program; and disseminating information to principals, mentors, and other school leaders engaged in reform efforts. [A related measure is S. 840 by Senator Franken (D-MN).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1736.

H.R. 1763 (112th H.R. 1704), the Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees Act by 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 bill 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. [A related bill is S. 456 by Senator Murray (D-WA).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1763.

Note: NEA recommends consideration of the award structure in the related Senate bill.

H.R. 1802 (112th H.R. 3464), Sandra Day O'Connor Civic Learning Act of 2013 by Representative Honda (D-CA) would express the sense of Congress that the Commissioner for Education Statistics, in administering the National Assessment of Educational Progress, should increase the number of students tested to improve disaggregation and analysis of data regarding progress in history and civics; repeal We the People, a Civic Education program; and replace We the People with a program awarding competitive grants to nonprofit educational organizations to develop and implement programs that promote civic learning and engagement through instruction, professional development, and evaluations. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1802.

H.R. 1845, the Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act of 2013 by Representative Polis (D-CO) would authorize the Secretary of Education to make formula grants to states and, through them, competitive subgrants to local educational agencies to establish or enhance educational programs and related services that enable pregnant and parenting students to enroll in, attend, and succeed in school. [The companion measure is S. 870 by Senator Udall, T. (D-MN).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1845.

H.R. 1854 (112th H.R. 3405), the Partnerships for Achieving Student Success (PASS) Act by Representative Chu (D-CA) would direct the Secretary of Education to award 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. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1854.

H.R. 1857 (112th H.R. 2229), the Student-to-School Nurse Ratio Improvement Act of 2013 by Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) would provide for demonstration grants to eligible local educational agencies for the purpose of reducing the student/school nurse ratio in public secondary schools, elementary schools, and kindergarten. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1857.

H.R. 1875 (112th H.R. 2437), the Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning Act of 2013 by Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) would amend Title II of the ESEA to include teacher and principal training in practices that address the social and emotional development needs of students among the activities funded under the Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund program. The bill would allow funded training to include training in classroom instruction and schoolwide initiatives that enable students to acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills most conducive to social and emotional competency. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 1875.

H.R. 1940 (112th H.R. 1995), the Reducing Barriers to Learning Act of 2013 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 would amend the ESEA 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 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 support. The bill would define "specialized instructional support services" as services provided by school counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, 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. 1940.

H.R. 2102, the Helping Communities Rebuild After Deadly School Shootings and Other Traumatic Events Act by Representative Esty (D-CT) would amend the ESEA to authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to improve the learning environment at a school that has experienced a violent or traumatic crisis on campus. The bill would require LEAs to use that grant to: (1) acquire real property; (2) construct new facilities; or (3) renovate, repair, or alter existing facilities for an elementary and secondary school that has experienced such a crisis. [The companion measure is S. 1025 Senator Murphy (D-CT).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2102.

H.R. 2159, the 21st Century STEM Competitive Jobs Act by Representative Foster (D-IL) would amend the ESEA to direct the Secretary of Education to award matching grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to improve STEM education. The bill would require grantees to use grant funds to collaborate with institutions of higher education and local, regional, or national employers in STEM fields to: (1) carry out dual-credit courses that offer both secondary school and college credit and incorporate STEM education and STEM workplace training; (2) assist students in being placed in internships or apprenticeships with those employers; and (3) develop STEM curricula and metrics. The bill would permit grantees to use grant funds for: (1) STEM tutoring and mentoring programs; (2) STEM outside-the-classroom, after-school, or summer programs; and (3) STEM instructional materials or equipment. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2159.

H.R. 2160 (112th H.R. 2816), the Promoting Health as Youth Skills In Classrooms And Life Act by Representative Fudge (D-OH) would amend the ESEA to include health education and physical education in the definition of “core academic subjects.” [The companion bill is S. 392 by Senator Udall, T. (NM).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2160

H.R. 2170 (112th H.R. 1966), the Foreign Language Education Partnership Program Act by Representative Holt (D-NJ) would amend the ESEA 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 companion measure is S. 1036 by Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2170.

H.R. 2172 (112th H.R. 6447), the Educator Preparation Reform Act by Representative Honda (D-CA) would amend Title II of the HEA to reauthorize appropriations for and significantly revise the Teacher Quality Partnership grant program. The bill would also amend part A (Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund) of Title II of ESEA to require states to develop and disclose criteria for identifying a teacher preparation program as low-performing or at risk. The bill would replace the program under subpart 3 of part A with a program under which states directly or through subgrants: (1) provide technical assistance to and close low-performing teacher preparation programs; and (2) develop a system for assessing the quality and effectiveness of professional development offered throughout the state. The bill would permit the use of funds to develop and implement a teacher performance assessment for teacher preparation programs, local educational agencies, and the state agency responsible for licensing teachers, and for professional development. The bill would prohibit IHEs that are projected to close from offering new TEACH grants. [The companion measure is S. 1062 by Senator Reed (D-RI)] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2172.

Note: NEA believes this improved version of this bill would benefit from being strengthened in the areas of defining high quality teacher preparation programs and tracking the impact of program graduates as one of the measures of program quality.

H.R. 2173, the Effective Teaching and Leading Act by Representative Honda (D-CA) would amend Title II of the ESEA to create a new Part E: Building School Capacity for Effective Teaching and Leadership. The bill would direct the Secretary of Education to allot grants to states for subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to improve teaching and school leadership through a system of teacher and principal induction, professional development, and evaluation that is developed, implemented, and evaluated in collaboration with local teacher, principal, and school leader organizations and preparation programs. The bill would require LEAs to include in such system: (1) a comprehensive, coherent, high quality formalized induction program for beginning teachers during their first two years of full-time employment; (2) high-quality effective professional development for teachers, principals, school librarians, and other school leaders at their lowest achieving schools; (3) a rigorous, transparent, and equitable teacher and principal evaluation system for all their schools; (4) ongoing high-quality support, coaching, and professional development for principals and other school leaders at their lowest achieving schools; (5) opportunities for teachers and school librarians to assume new school leadership roles and receive training regarding such roles; and (6) significant and sustainable stipends above a teacher’s base salary for teachers that serve as mentors, instructional coaches, teacher leaders, or evaluators under these programs. [The companion measure is S. 1063 by Senator Reed (D-RI).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2173.

Note: NEA believes that teacher evaluation systems should include at least three areas of multiple measures: classroom practice, student growth and learning; and contributions to the profession.

H.R. 2178 (112th H.R. 1057), the Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids (FIT Kids) Act by Representative Kind (D-WI) would require the Secretary of Education to award grants to states to implement comprehensive programs to promote physical activity, education, and fitness and nutrition that are based on scientifically valid research, and an analysis of need that considers, at a minimum, physical education indicators. [The companion measure is S. 1033 by Senator Harkin (D-IA).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2178.

H.R. 2184 (112th H.R.2565), the WE CARE Act 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 would establish 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 resources 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. 2184.

H.R. 2195 (112th H.R. 2098), the Promise Neighborhoods Act of 2013 by Representative Payne (D-NJ) would direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive, matching Promise Neighborhood Partnership grants to nonprofit organizations that partner with a local educational agency (LEA) to implement a comprehensive continuum of supports and services that engage community partners in improving the academic achievement, health and social development, and college and career readiness of children that live in distressed neighborhoods with underperforming schools. The bill would authorize the Secretary to award competitive, matching Promise School grants to LEAs that partner with nonprofit organizations, and Indian or charter schools that partner with nonprofit organizations or institutions of higher education, to implement school-centered strategies and integrated student supports that leverage community partnerships to improve student achievement and development in schools with high concentrations of low-income children. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2195.

H.R. 2228 (112th H.R. 507), the Assessment Accuracy and Improvement Act by Representative Petri (R-WI) would amend Title I 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. 2228.

H.R. 2237 (112th H.R. 2637), the Developing Innovative Partnerships and Learning Opportunities that Motivate Achievement (DIPLOMA) Act 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 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 grantee develop and implement a state child and youth strategy that assesses children’s needs and the assets within the state that can be used 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 and communities are supportive and engaged in their children’s education as equal partners; (6) students are ready for postsecondary education and 21st century careers; (7) students are contributing to their communities; and (8) students are not chronically absent. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2237.

H.R. 2268 (112th H.R. 5436), the Engaging Students Through Service Learning Act of 2012 by Representative Loebsack (D-IA) would amend Title II of the ESEA to establish a service learning grant program. The bill would direct the Secretary of Education to: (1) establish a National Center for K-12 Service Learning; (2) conduct research and evaluation activities; and (3) assist states in developing exemplary service-learning programs. The bill would also require the Secretary to award grants to states to: (1) support a service-learning specialist who acts as a conduit of information between the state and local level, (2) implement a statewide cascade professional development model and support local service-learning efforts, and (3) award competitive subgrants to local educational agencies that would use the service-learning model to strengthen the content area disciplines and implement key educational innovations in areas with a high percentage of underperforming youth. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2268.

H.R. 2287, the Native Hawaiian Education Act by Representative Gabbard (D-HI) would amend the Native Hawaiian Education Act to revise the duties and composition of the Native Hawaiian Education Council. The bill would direct the Council, in addition to its existing duties, to: (1) serve as a clearinghouse for the educational and related services and programs available to Native Hawaiians, and (2) provide technical assistance to Native Hawaiian organizations that apply for or receive Native Hawaiian Education program grants. The bill would also include charter schools as eligible recipients of Native Hawaiian Education program grants, in addition to Native Hawaiian education organizations, Native Hawaiian community-based organizations, and public and private nonprofit entities. [The companion measure is S. 1107 by Senator Hirono (D-HI).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2287.

H.R. 2296 (112th H.R. 1342), the Local Taxpayer Relief Act by Representative Noem (R-SD) would make permanent several amendments to the Impact Aid program and reauthorize appropriations for the Impact Aid program. The bill would among, other things, alter the formulas for: determining the payments due local educational agencies (LEAs) for eligible federally-connected children; determining the construction payments due LEAs that are eligible for other Impact Aid payments; and 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 bill would also require new LEAs applying for Impact Aid to have boundaries established by state law and the authority to tax or receive an imputed local tax. [A related bill is S. 1108 by Senator Hirono, (D-HI).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2296.

Note: NEA supports but prefers the authorization of appropriations in the related bill, S. 1108.

H.R. 2316 (112th H.R. 1547), the Success in the Middle Act of 2013 by Representative Grijalva (D-AZ) would direct the Secretary of Education to make grants to states, based on their proportion of poor children aged 5 to 17, to: (1) implement state middle grades needs analyses and, on the basis of such analyses, improvement plans that describe what students must master to complete successfully the middle grades and succeed in academically rigorous secondary school coursework; and (2) award competitive subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) or partnerships of LEAs and institutions of higher education, educational service agencies, or educational nonprofit organizations to implement a comprehensive middle school improvement plan for each eligible school. The bill would also provide the Secretary with funding to contract for studies that identify promising practices for the improvement of middle grades education and for other national activities. [The companion measure is S. 708 by Senator Whitehouse (D-RI)]. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2316.

H.R. 2317, the Counseling for Career Choice Act by Representative Langevin (D-RI) would amend the ESEA to direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to states to develop and implement comprehensive school counseling programs that provide students with effective postsecondary education planning and career guidance services. The bill would require that programs be aligned with a statewide counseling framework, and that grant funds be used to: (1) train and hire school counselors; (2) identify regional workforce trends and postsecondary options available in the state; (3) establish, improve, or coordinate postsecondary opportunities; (4) recommend curricular improvements to better align curricula with workforce trends and available postsecondary opportunities; (5) establish partnerships with American Job Centers; and (6) leverage the resources and emerging technologies being developed by stakeholders to support the counseling framework. The bill would allow states to carry out program activities directly or through competitive subgrants. [A related measure is S. 282 by Senator Begich (D-AK).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2317.

H.R. 2334 (112th H.R. 2228), the STEM 2 Act by Representative Lujan (D-NM) would direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive planning grants to states, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, nonprofit organizations, or institutions of higher education (IHEs) to develop effective state or tribal science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) networks that coordinate STEM education efforts by: (1) facilitating communication and collaboration among public and private STEM stakeholders, and (2) identifying STEM occupational skills needed in the future. The bill would direct the Secretary to award competitive grants to develop, implement, and evaluate STEM education training programs for teachers and administrators. The bill would require the Secretary to award competitive grants to support curriculum development, assessments, or related activities that enable states to adopt new mathematics and science academic standards. The bill would also require the Secretary to establish a national panel to identify and recommend the most effective STEM curricula models for kindergarten through grade 12. [The companion measure is S. 1129 by Senator Udall, T. (D-NM).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2334.

H.R. 2338 (112th H.R. 1674), the TALENT Act by Representative Polis (D-CO) would amend the ESEA to require state assessments of student proficiency to measure individual academic achievement, including above-grade-level achievement. The bill would require states to: (1) recognize local educational agencies (LEAs) that significantly increase the proportion of their students, overall and in specified student subgroups, that score at or above the advanced level of achievement on such assessments; (2) assist their LEAs and schools in providing additional educational assistance to advanced, gifted, and talented students; and (3) report annually a comparison of the performance of students between different LEAs at each level of achievement, disaggregated by specified student subgroups. The bill would require LEAs receiving school improvement funds to identify gifted and talented students and support their learning needs and require LEAs and partnerships that receive funding under the Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund program to train educators to identify and support gifted and talented students. The bill would also foster research and would amend other legislation to support gifted and talented students. [The companion measure is S. 512 by Senator Grassley (R-IA).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2338.

H.R. 2367 (112th S. 1519), the Building Upon Unique Indian Learning and Development Act by Representative Lujan (D-NM) would require the Secretaries of Education and Interior to establish an Education Joint Oversight Board to coordinate Indian education policies and assistance. The bill would amend Part A of ESEA Title VII (Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native Education) to award grants to local educational agencies, institutions of higher education, or nonprofit organizations to create or expand teacher and administrator pipelines for teachers and administrators of Native American students. The bill would amend the Title I school improvement program to require states to develop standards-based assessments and classroom lessons that accommodate diverse learning styles. The bill would direct: (1) the Secretary to expand programs for Native American school children to support learning in the children's Native language and culture and provide English language instruction, and (2) the Comptroller General to conduct research on culture- and language-based education. The bill would except Native language teachers from the requirement that teachers be highly qualified and would require states to develop an alternative licensure or certification process for those teachers. The bill would require reservation of at least 0.5% of their funding for Indian elementary and secondary schools or early learning programs. In addition, the bill would require the Secretary to: (1) establish a program to improve school environments and student skill development for healthy choices for Native American students and (2) establish a program for school dropout prevention for Native American students. The bill would authorize and appropriates additional funds for the Impact Aid program, and authorizes several additional programs through FY 2016 [The companion measure is S. 1131 by Senator Udall, T. (D-NM).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2367.

Note: NEA supports the overall goals of this bill, but seeks assurances that all educators who serve as the “teachers of record” for classrooms of students are fully prepared and qualified.

H.R. 2426, the Educating Tomorrow's Engineers Act by Representative Tonko (D-NY) would amend ESEA to require states to incorporate engineering design skills and practice into their academic content standards and academic achievement standards and assessments in science by the 2016-2017 school year. The bill would require states to reserve 10% of the grant they receive under the Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund program to award competitive grants to nonprofit organizations and other entities with expertise in STEM fields to develop and provide professional development and instructional materials for STEM education in their state. The bill would change current references to the mathematics and science partnerships program to references to the STEM partnerships program. The bill would amend the 21st century community learning centers program to include STEM activities within the before- and after-school activities funded under that program and amends the rural and low-income school program to include professional development in engineering education. The bill would also promote research and best practices toward improving STEM teaching and learning.[The companion measure is S. 1178 by Senator Gillibrand (D-NY).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2426.

H.R. 2515 (112th H.R. 3776), the Strengthening Kids' Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLs) Act by Representative Grijalva (D-AZ) would amend the ESEA to authorize appropriations for FY 2014-FY 2019 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 2013-2014 school year there is at least one highly qualified school library media specialist in every school that receives such funds. The bill would expand expands 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. [A related bill is S. 1127 by Senator Reed (D-RI).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2515.

H.R. 2516 (112th H.R. 2906), the Providing Resources to Improve Dual Language Education (PRIDE) Act of 2013 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 and bilingualism skills of low-income minority and English language learner (ELL) children from preschool through grade five. The bill would direct 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 ELL children. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2516.

H.R. 2517 (112th H.R. 2379), the Families Learning and Understanding English Together Act of by Representative Grijalva (D-AZ) would authorize the Secretary of Education to make grants to providers of family literacy services to improve the literacy and English skills of English language learners who are parents or children in families where each parent is at least 16 years old and where at least one child is under age 8. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2517.

H.R. 2536, the Computer Science Education Act of 2012 by Representative Susan Brooks (R-IN) would amend the ESEA Title IX to define “computer science” as the study of computers and algorithmic processes, including the study of computing principles, computer hardware and software design, computer applications, and the impact of computers on society. The bill would make computer science a core academic subject and would include computer science teachers in professional development activities. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2536.

H.R. 2549, the Biliteracy Education Seal and Teaching (BEST) by Representative Brownley (D-CA) would direct the Secretary of Education to award renewable two-year grants to states to establish or improve a Seal of Biliteracy program to recognize student proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in both English and a second language. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2549.

H.R. 2592, the STEM Innovation Networks Act of 2013 by Representative Honda (D-CA)
would direct the Secretary of Education to award matching grants to state-based STEM networks or similar organizations of STEM stakeholders to expand STEM education and STEM educator development. The bill would allow grants to be used for activities such as: scaling up STEM education research, promising practices, and exemplary programs; developing and implementing innovative STEM assessments; promoting and developing pre- and in-service STEM teacher training; and promoting, supporting, and designing programs that develop STEM content coaches and master educators in order to strengthen core competencies of the classroom practitioner. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2592.

H.R. 2662 (112th H.R. 1821), the Family Engagement in Education Act of 2013 by Representative Glenn Thompson (R-PA) would amend the ESEA Title I to authorize states to reserve school improvement funds to: (1) award a grant to a statewide nonprofit organization to establish a Statewide Family Engagement Center; (2) award grants to nonprofit organizations or Indian tribes or organizations that partner with local educational agencies (LEAs) or schools to establish and operate Local Family Engagement Centers that assist families in becoming engaged in their children’s education; and (3) develop and implement a statewide family engagement in education plan. Among the mandates to improve family engagement, the bill would require each state school improvement plan to include family engagement, require each LEA and school receiving school improvement funds to develop policies and practices for family engagement, and increase the percentage of school improvement funds that LEAs must reserve for family engagement activities. The bill would repeal programs authorizing the Secretary to award grants to: (1) nonprofit organizations and consortia of those organizations and LEAs to establish parental information and resource centers, and (2) local nonprofit parent organizations to support local family information centers. [Related bill is S. 1291 by Senator Reed, J. (D-RI).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2662.

H.R. 2702 (112th H.R. 2547), the No Child Left Inside Act of 2013 by Representative Sarbanes (D-MD) would direct the Secretary of Education to award grants to states and, through them, competitive subgrants to eligible partnerships to support the implementation of state environmental literacy plans that include environmental education standards and teacher training. The bill would include in the eligible partnerships a local educational agency (LEA) and at least one institution of higher education, another LEA, an elementary or secondary school, or a government or nonprofit entity experienced in environmental literacy. The bill would amend Part B ESEA Title II to: (1) include nonprofit environmental education organizations and government science, environmental, or natural resource management agencies among the entities eligible to participate; and (2) to allow the use of funds to train teachers to use environmental education to enhance student understanding of science and mathematics. The bill would amend Part B of ESEA Title IV to include environmental literacy activities among the before and after school activities that such program funds at community learning centers. The bill would also direct the Secretary to engage in national activities to promote literacy including coordinating environmental literacy activities among agencies. [The companion measure is S. 1306 by Senator Reed, J (D-RI).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2702.

H.R. 2706 (112th H.R. 2272),, the Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) Act by Representative Yarmuth (D-KY) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to states to develop or improve a comprehensive plan to improve the literacy of children from birth through grade 12. The bill would direct the Secretary to award grants to states to implement literacy plans through: 1) competitive subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) or early learning programs for specified activities that support early language and literacy development in children from birth through kindergarten entry; 2) competitive subgrants to LEAs that have the highest numbers or percentages of disadvantaged students and students reading or writing below grade level for specified literacy activities, including the provision of family literacy services; and 3) additional state literacy activities including enhancing the credentials of literacy instructors. [A related bill is S. 758 by Senator Murray (D-WA).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2706.

H.R. 2759, the Teachers at the Table Act by Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) would amend ESEA Title I to direct the Secretary of Education to establish the Volunteer Teacher Advisory Committee to monitor the effects of such title in classrooms, with its focus solely on children and families. The bill would require the Committee to be composed 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. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2759.

H.R. 2878 (112th H.R. 1794), the Keep Teachers Teaching Act of 2013 by Representative David Price (D-NC) would amend ESEA to award competitive, renewable grants to local educational agencies( LEAs), states, and partnerships of LEAs, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education for the development and implementation of innovative teacher retention programs that include: (1) professional development; (2) teacher mentoring; (3) advanced certification or credentialing; (4) research, travel, or fellowship opportunities; and (5) pairing teachers with research or industry professionals. The bill would require the Secretary to: (1) identify the most promising teacher retention strategies, and (2) make information about those strategies publicly available and easily accessible to states and LEAs. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2878.

H.R. 2889, the Local Jobs for America Act by Representative George Miller (D-CA) would direct the Secretary of Labor to provide for the allotment of funds to states, local government units, and community-based organizations to save and create local jobs through the retention, restoration, or expansion of services needed by local communities. The bill would make appropriations to several other agencies to create jobs, including an appropriation of $23 billion to the Department of Education for an Education Jobs Fund. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2889.

H.R. 2897 (112th H.R. 1531), the Access to Complete Education Act by Representative Takano (D-CA) would amend Title I of the ESEA to provide grants for core curriculum development in order to strengthen 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. 2897.

H.R. 2920, the Financial Literacy for Students Act by Representative Cartwright (D-PA) would amend Part D of Title V of the ESEA by authorizing awards to State Education Agencies: (1) to integrate financial literacy education into each public elementary and secondary school within the state that is eligible to receive funds under title I; and (2) to provide professional development regarding the teaching of financial literacy in core academic subjects to each secondary school teacher of financial literacy or entrepreneurship within the state. [The companion measure is S. 829 by Senator Hagan (D-NC).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2920.

H.R. 2930(112th H.R.853), the Transition-to-Success Mentoring Act by Representative Carson (D-IN) would reauthorize appropriations under ESEA Part H (School Dropout Prevention) and would establish a transition-to-success mentoring program under that part. The bill would require the Secretary of Education to award grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) or partnerships between LEAs and community-based nonprofit organizations to establish, expand, or provide technical support to school-based mentoring programs to assist at-risk students in transitioning from middle to high school. The bill would require grantees to assign a success coach to each at-risk student in his or her middle school. Grants could be used to: (1) train success coaches, (2) cover the cost of any materials they use under the mentoring program, and (3) hire staff to perform or support program objectives. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2930.

H.R. 2933, the Helping Military Children Succeed in Schools Act by Representative Susan Davis (D-CA) would amend ESEA Title I state report card requirements to require information on the number of military-connected students in a state and how such military-dependent students achieved on that state’s academic assessments described in subsection (b)(2) compared to all students in the state. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2933.

H.R. 2982, the Computer Science in STEM Act of 2013 by Representative Cardenas (D-CA) would direct the Secretary of Education to award grants to State Education Agencies to develop comprehensive plans to strengthen elementary and secondary computer science education. The bill would amend the America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2010 to include computer science in the definition of STEM. The bill would also expand teacher preparation programs for computer science teachers. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 2982.

H.R. 3122 (112th, S. 919), the Successful, Safe, and Healthy Students Act of 2013 by Representative Braley (D-IA) would amend Title IV (21st Century Schools) of ESEA to direct the Secretary of Education to award grants to states to: (1) develop and improve state reporting and information systems that measure conditions for learning, based on surveys of school students and staff; and (2) award competitive subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) or nonprofit organizations that use such measurement systems to make comprehensive improvements to school-level conditions for learning. The bill would define conditions conducive to learning as those that: (1) promote physical activity, education, fitness, and nutrition; (2) promote mental health; (3) prevent violence, harassment, and substance abuse among students; and (4) promote safe and supportive schools and communities. The bill conditions a state’s grant eligibility on the state: (1) having a statewide physical education requirement that is consistent with widely recognized standards; and (2) requiring its LEAs to establish policies that prevent and prohibit harassment in schools. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3122.

H.R. 3142, the STEM Readiness Act of 2013 by Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL) would amend ESEA to direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive merit-based scholarships to students who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with concurrent certification as kindergarten, elementary, and secondary school teachers. The bill would require scholarship recipients to work for at least five academic years as a full-time STEM teacher. The bill also amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to authorize the Secretary to award competitive matching grants to IHE’s to support four-year undergraduate degree programs that enable students to concurrently earn a STEM bachelor’s and be certified to teach. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3142.

H.R. 3297, the Teen Dating Violence Education Act of 2013 by Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL) would amend ESEA to require the inclusion of information regarding the legal rights available to teenage victims of dating violence in the education programs created with grants to combat the impact of domestic violence on students. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3297.

H.R. 3325, the Technology-Enabled Education Innovation Partnership Act by Representative Honda (D-CA) would authorize the Secretary of Education to make grants to eligible partnerships to design, implement, and scale technology-enabled education innovation programs. The bill would define an “eligible partnership” as a partnership composed of at least one state or local educational agency (LEA) and at least one institution of higher education or nonprofit research organization working with the state or LEA as a research and evaluation partner. The partnership could include other necessary partners as determined by the Secretary, including technology developers or vendors, technical assistance providers, and education associations. The bill would direct the Secretary to engage in supportive national technology activities, establish a partnership coordinating center, and establish at least one advanced learning technology research and development center. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3325.

H.R. 3357, the Early Childhood Education Professional Improvement Act of 2013 by Representative Meng (D-NY) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to states to improve the knowledge, credentials, compensation, and professional development of early childhood educators working with children in early childhood education programs. Grants would be used to: (1) provide scholarships that enable preschool teachers employed in an early childhood education program to pursue a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a closely related field; (2) support preschool teachers employed in an early childhood education program to attain a credential, licensure, or endorsement that demonstrates competence in early childhood education; (3) increase the compensation of teachers who are making progress toward a degree in early childhood education or who have attained that degree; and (4) provide ongoing professional development opportunities to preschool teachers and teacher assistants employed in an early childhood education program. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3357.

H.R. 3401 (112th H.R. 415), the Restorative Justice in Schools Act of 2013 by Representative Cohen (D-TN) would amend Title II of ESEA 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. 3401.

H.R. 3433, the Investing in Innovation for Education Act of 2013 by Representative Polis (D-CO) would amend ESEA to direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to local educational agencies (LEAs), educational service agencies, and nonprofit organizations to support the school innovation efforts of public schools and LEAs. The bill requires at least 25% of the grant funds to be awarded for projects in rural areas. The bill requires grants to be used to address at least one of the following areas of school innovation: (1) improving the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders and promoting their equitable distribution; (2) strengthening the use of data to improve education; (3) providing high-quality instruction that is based on rigorous standards and measuring students’ proficiency using high-quality assessments that are aligned to those standards; (4) turning around the lowest-performing schools; (5) supporting the effective use of technology to improve teaching or principals and learning, including training teachers or principals in the innovative use of technology; and (6) any other area of school innovation the Secretary chooses. The bill requires each eligible grant applicant to demonstrate that it has established one or more partnerships with the private sector, which may include philanthropic organizations, and that partner(s) will provide matching funds. The bill allows the Secretary to waive the matching funds requirement in exceptional circumstances. [A related bill is S. 283 by Senator Begich (D-AK).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3433.

H.R. 3435 (112th H.R. 667), the Put School Counselors Where They’re Needed Act by Representative Linda Sanchez (D-CA) would amend ESEA to direct the Secretary of Education to implement a demonstration project providing competitive, 4-year grants to at least 10 secondary schools that have a 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate of 60% or lower, for the provision of additional school counselors and counselor resources. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3435.

H.R. 3461, the Strong Start for America's Children Act of 2013 by Representative George Miller (D-CA) would direct the Secretary of Education to allot matching grants to states meeting certain eligibility conditions and, through them, subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs), childhood education program providers, or consortia of those entities to implement high-quality prekindergarten programs for children from low-income families. The bill would allot grants to eligible states based on each state’s proportion of children who are age four and who are from families with incomes at or below 200% of the poverty level. The bill would allow states to reserve up to 20% of their grant funds for prekindergarten quality improvement activities, and would authorize states to apply to use up to 15% of their grant for subgrants to high-quality early childhood education and care programs for infants and toddlers whose family income is at or below 200% of the poverty level. The bill would direct the Secretary to award competitive, matching, capacity-building grants to states that assure the Secretary that they will use their grant to become eligible, within three years of receiving the grant, for this Act’s grants for high-quality prekindergarten programs. The bill also would provide grants for Early Head Start-child care partnerships and would amend the Child Care and Development block grant to require states to: (1) ensure that the funding they receive for child care services under the Community Services Block Grant Act and the program of block grants for social services under the Social Security Act is subject to the requirements and limitations of the CCDBGA; (2) provide children with assistance under the CCDBGA for at least 12 months before redetermining their eligibility; and (3) use the CCDBGA’s funding to supplement, not supplant, other public funding for child care services and activities. [The companion measure is S. 1697 by Senator Harkin (D-IA).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3461.

Note: NEA believes that prekindergarten should be provided primarily by public entities.

H.R. 3490, the Teacher Tax Deduction Enhancement Act of 2013 by Representative Sam Graves (R-MO) would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to: (1) extend until 2020 the tax deduction for certain expenses of elementary and secondary school educators (i.e., teachers, instructors, counselors, principals, or aides); (2) increase to $500 the allowable amount of such deduction for full-time educators (working at least 900 hours during the school year); and (3) allow such tax deduction for educators in preschool programs. [A related bill is S. 438 by Senator Begich (D-AK).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3490.

H.R. 3532, the Protecting Student Athletes From Concussions Act of 2013 by Representative Tim Bishop (D-NY) would require each state that receives funds under ESEA to ensure that all local educational agencies in the state meet a set of requirements for the prevention, management, and treatment of concussions caused by student participation in school sports in elementary and secondary schools. [A related measure is S. 1546 by Senator Durbin (D-IL).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3532.

H.R. 3536, the Support Our Students (SOS) Act of 2013 by Representative Beatty (D-OH) would amend ESEA to direct the Secretary of Education to award grants to states and, through them, subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to support or develop programs that will train teachers, school personnel, and specialized instructional support personnel regarding mental health conditions in children. The bill would include as grant and subgrant recipients those states and LEAs that partner with a mental health organization, family advocacy organization, or community nonprofit organization. The bill would require subgrantees to utilize school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, or community organizations with experience in mental illness and suicide prevention in developing and conducting the training. [A related bill is S. 648 by Senator Klobuchar (D-MN).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3536.

H.R. 3660, the ALLERGY Act by Representative Cartwright (D-PA) would amend ESEA to require local educational agencies to implement a policy on allergy bullying in schools, i.e., unwanted, aggressive behavior by a student toward another student with an allergy. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3660.

H.R. 3690, the STEM Gateways Act by Representative Kennedy (D-MA) would direct the Secretary to award competitive grants to elementary and secondary school programs that promote engagement and success in STEM education for women and girls, underrepresented minorities, and individuals from all economic backgrounds. The bill would direct the Secretary to award grants to local educational agencies (LEAs), consortia of LEAs, and educational service agencies, non-profits or community colleges in partnership with LEAs. Grant funds would be approved for the following uses in addition to advancing the specified goals of the bill: (1) extra-curricular and after-school STEM programs; (2) tutoring and mentoring in STEM education; (3) summer programs in STEM fields; (4) professional development for teachers, afterschool providers, and other school personnel in elementary and secondary schools; (5) purchasing equipment, hardware, and educational materials used to teach and encourage interest in STEM fields; and (6) internships or opportunities for experiential learning in STEM fields. [The companion measure is S. 1796 by Senator Gillibrand (D-NY).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3690.

H.R. 3692, the Schools of the Future Act by Representative Loebsack (D-IA) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants, on a competitive basis, to eligible partnerships to increase the use of digital learning in rural schools. The bill would require grants to be used to implement and evaluate the results of certain specified technology-based learning practices, strategies, tools, or courses. The bill also would permit grant funds to be used for such purposes as developing the technology for technology-based learning, purchasing related hardware or software, addressing subgroup needs, providing professional development and addressing issues of cost and capacity in rural areas. The bill would define an eligible partnership as consisting of a local educational agency, consortium of public schools, charter school network, regional educational service agency, or a consortium of all of these, in partnership with: (1) at least one digital learning partner such as a nonprofit or IHE and (2) at least one evaluation partner. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3692.

H.R. 3738 (112th, H.R. 6434), the Broadening Opportunities Through Education Act by Representative Edwards (D-MD) would direct the Secretary of Education to award grants to states that enact state laws that will make school attendance compulsory through the age of 17. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3738.

H.R. 3778, the EARLY Act by Representative Susan Davis (D-CA) would direct the Secretary of Education to award grants on a competitive basis to states to pay the federal share of carrying out full-day prekindergarten programs. The bill would require the Secretary to give priority to states that will use the grants to carry out a prekindergarten program at a public elementary or secondary school. The bill would also mandate that the federal share of a grant under this act may not exceed 75% of the costs of carrying out these prekindergarten programs. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3778.

H.R. 3873 (112th S. 616), the Supporting Community Schools Act of 2013 by Representative Honda (D-CA) would amend Title I Part A of the ESEA to authorize local educational agencies to use school improvement funds to transform schools identified as needing improvement, corrective action, or restructuring into community schools. The bill defines a “community school” as a public elementary or secondary school that partners with community-based entities, both public and private, to address students’ academic, health, and developmental needs while also serving as a community center that provides or hosts relevant community services. [A related measure is S. 844 by Senator Sanders (I-VT).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3873.

Note: NEA supports a school improvement approach that would allow all struggling or “priority” schools, after engaging in a comprehensive review process, to choose strategies within the community schools model or other models that best meet local needs and have evidence of success, rather than picking a single model.

H.R. 3911 (112th H.R. 975), a bill to amend the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to include bullying and harassment prevention programs by Representative Danny K. Davis (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, and would require local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools to use subgrants to prevent and respond to incidents of bullying and harassment. The bill would also require such LEAs or schools to establish complaint procedures for students and parents. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3911.

H.R. 3983, the Total Learning Act 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 would direct the Secretary to award funds to a public or nonprofit organization experienced in an innovative early learning curriculum to provide training and technical assistance to grantees on implementing that curriculum and to publicize the grants. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3983.

Note: NEA believes that the specificity of grant programs should be tailored to allow significant room for local innovation.

H.R. 3984, the Supporting Early Learning Act by Representative Himes (D-CT) would direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive, matching Quality Pathways grants to states that demonstrate the greatest progress toward establishing a high-quality system of early learning and would require the grant to be used to further such progress and move more disadvantaged children into higher quality programs. The bill would direct the Secretary to establish indicators and benchmarks for state progress in meeting grant objectives and would require the Secretary to use certain reserved funds to: (1) establish a competitive grant demonstration program for Native American school readiness programs; (2) provide technical assistance to states to help them pursue grants; and (3) support the Institute of Education Sciences’ research into grant-related activities. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 3984.

H.R. 4086, the Afterschool for America’s Children Act by Representative Kildee (D-MI) would amend and reauthorize the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program under Title IV of the ESEA to establish and expand activities in community learning centers that: (1) provide students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as youth development activities, service learning, nutrition and health education, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, art, music, and technology education programs that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students; (2) provide opportunities for academic enrichment; and (3) offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for literacy and related educational development. [A related bill is S. 326 by Senator Boxer (D-CA).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4086.

H.R. 4108 (112th H.R. 6284), the Breath of Fresh Air Act by Representative Jackson Lee (D-TX) would amend ESEA to direct the Secretary of Education to award matching grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to purchase nebulizers and/or train school personnel to use nebulizers. The bill would require LEA grant applicants to demonstrate that for each school using nebulizers: (1) a full-time certified nurse is on staff; (2) trained personnel and other resources necessary for nebulizer use are in place; (3) emergency services personnel are notified of nebulizer locations; (4) nebulizers are integrated into the school’s emergency response procedures; and (5) procedures are in place to notify parents of the availability of nebulizers and inform them of how to provide the school with their child’s prescription asthma medication and authorization to use a nebulizer to assist their child. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4108.

H.R. 4172, the Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act by Representative Gibson (R-NY) would amend ESEA by eliminating federally mandated annual testing in grades 3 to 8 in favor of grade span testing, the norm before passage of No Child Left Behind, thereby reducing the total amount of testing required by the federal government and increasing the time available for instruction. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4172.

H.R. 4214, the Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act by Representative Cole (R-OK) would amend ESEA to authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to schools and private or tribal nonprofit organizations to develop and maintain, or improve and expand, programs that support the use by schools, from the prekindergarten through postsecondary level, of Native American languages as their primary language of instruction. The bill requires grant applicants to present the Secretary with specified assurances and demonstrations that the schools they will support have the capacity to provide education primarily through a Native American language. [The companion measure is S. 1948 by Senator Tester (D-MT).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4214.

Note: NEA believes that grantee services under the bill should be provided to schools operated by local educational agencies or Tribes or to other federally supported elementary school or secondary schools serving Native students.

H.R. 4269, the Great Teaching and Leading for Great Schools Act of 2014 by Representative Polis (D-CO) would amend state and/or local uses of funds under Title II, Part A of ESEA (Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund) to promote, among other goals: (1) innovative strategies to deliver intensive professional development; (2) educator input in the development, implementation, and revision of professional learning systems; (3) increased capacity of principals, assistant principals, and teacher leaders to evaluate and provide professional learning opportunities to teachers; (4) recruitment and retention of effective educators; (5) programs to augment alternate routes to certification, especially in the areas of math and science; (6) teacher and principal evaluation systems aligned with professional learning; and (7) hiring of teachers to reduce class size. The bill also contains a revised definition of professional development and sets aside minimum amounts for use in improving principal effectiveness. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4269.

Note: NEA believes that teacher evaluation should be an optional and not mandatory use of Title II funds.

H.R. 4280, the National Jazz Preservation, Education, and Promulgation Act of 2014 by Representative Conyers (D-MI) would amend Section 5411 of ESEA (Fund for the Improvement of Education) to allow expenditures for programs to promote jazz education, which may include: (1) a Jazz Artists in the Schools program; (2) a program for the development and distribution by jazz artists and educators of lesson plans and other educational materials about jazz, and teacher training on jazz education by jazz artists and educators; and (3) an Ambassadors of Jazz program to send jazz musicians and jazz orchestras from secondary schools abroad on missions of goodwill, education, and cultural exchange. The bill would also create jazz preservation and appreciation programs to be carried out by the Smithsonian. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4280.

H.R. 4515, the Getting into Researching, Learning, & Studying of STEM (GIRLS-STEM) Act of 2014 by Representative McNerney (D-CA) would amend ESEA to authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to LEAs that serve underrepresented or low-income students to enable their elementary and secondary schools to establish and implement programs that: (1) encourage the ongoing interest of female students in careers requiring STEM skills at all levels of the career pathway; and (2) prepare female students to pursue the industry-recognized credentials needed to pursue a STEM career. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4515.

H.R. 4756, the Bullying Redress and Verified Enforcement (BRAVE) Act by Representative Cartwright (D-PA) would amend ESEA to require the employees of LEAs who become aware of bullying to report to an LEA-designated individual, within seven business days: (1) the acts that constituted bullying; (2) the protected characteristic of the victim if the bullying included a reference to or was motivated by such an actual or perceived protected characteristic; and (3) the response of the LEA's employees.  The bill would then require the LEA-designated individual, within 60 days after receiving such a report, to inform all the LEA's employees of the acts described and the response of the LEA's employees.  The bill further directs each LEA to publish a quarterly report that summarizes bullying reports.  In this report, LEAs would also be required to inform the public of the right to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights for the Department of Education regarding the LEA's failure to comply with this Act's requirements.  The bill would direct the assistant secretary who heads the Office of Civil Rights to enforce compliance with the Act. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4756.

Note:  NEA believes the enforcement provision of this bill should focus on LEA and school compliance.

H.R. 4782, the Building Understanding, Investment, Learning, and Direction (BUILD) Career and Technical Education Act of 2014 by Representative Schrader (D-OR) would establish a $20 million pilot grant program to support career and technical education exploration programs in middle schools and high schools.  The bill would require the Secretary of Education to make grants to LEAs, who would be required to use funds for such purposes as: obtaining equipment related to the content of career and technical education exploration program activities; staff expenses to coordinate or implement program activities; and support of professional development programs aligned to the program goals.  [A related measure is S. 1293 by Senator Merkley (D-OR).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4782.

H.R. 4815, the American Manufacturing Jobs for Students Act by Representative Brownley (D-CA) would amend ESEA to direct the Secretary of Education, when awarding grants to LEAs for school counseling programs, to give special consideration to coordinated efforts to significantly engage students in manufacturing careers.  The bill would require such programs to provide students in grades 7-12 with information on career and educational pathways leading to jobs and career opportunities in the LEA's geographic area, particularly in the manufacturing field, as well as opportunities to interact with employers, with preference given to employers in manufacturing. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4815.

H.R. 4826, the School Modernization and Revitalization Through Jobs Act by Representative Sean Maloney (D-NY) 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.  The bill would allocate grant funds among states on the basis of the relative portion of school improvement funds provided to LEAs in each state.  The bill directs the secretary to make such grants to LEAs that serve areas in which the president, during the preceding ten fiscal years, has determined that a major disaster exists. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4826.

H.R. 4827, the Youth Access to American Jobs Act of 2014 by Representative Horsford (D-NV) would direct the Secretary of Education to award grants to ten eligible entities (partnerships among an LEA, a community college, and a state apprentice program or a joint-labor management training program) to carry out a program for students to: (1) take STEM courses and other courses during grades 11 and 12 at a secondary school served by the LEA that prepare them for community college; (2) enroll in a course of study related to the manufacturing field at the community college upon graduation; and (3) enroll, for a two-year period, in the state apprenticeship program or the joint-labor management training program upon receiving an associate's degree from the community college. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4827.

H.R. 4828, the Innovative STEM Networks (I-STEM) Act by Representative Garcia (D-FL) would direct the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to states or LEAs to establish STEM  innovation networks in partnership with nonprofit organizations, businesses, IHEs, educational service agencies, or other entities, to prepare students for postsecondary education and careers in the STEM fields.  The bill would require applicants for grants to include a range of STEM data, including teacher evaluation results or ratings in STEM subjects.  The bill would require the grants to be used to: (1) increase student awareness about STEM career pathways;  (2) develop statewide plans that integrate and align workforce needs with STEM education and training programs that provide students with STEM-specific skills and credentials: and (3) identify weaknesses in state STEM education efforts and prioritize strategies to address them.  The bill would authorize the grants to be used to: (1) provide induction and mentoring services to new teachers in STEM subjects; (2) promote and develop rigorous undergraduate preservice teacher programs at IHEs that emphasize STEM content; (3) support the participation of elementary and secondary school students in STEM-related competitions, out-of-school activities, and field experiences; and (4) develop STEM-related education and workforce training programs in secondary schools and community colleges. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4828.

Note: NEA believes that teacher evaluation or ratings in STEM subjects should be an optional part of the grant application, and should be valid, reliable, and based on multiple measures.

H.R. 4913 (112th S. 1178), the Achievement Through Technology and Innovation Reauthorization (ATTAIN) Act of 2014 by Representative Roybal-Allard (D-CA) would amend ESEA Title II to rename part D as the Achievement Through Technology and Innovation Act of 2014 or the ATTAIN Act and to reauthorize it through FY2020.  The bill would require states to use a portion of their allotted funds under subpart 1 (State and Local Grants) to develop challenging academic content and achievement standards to ensure that students are technologically literate before the end of grade eight, specifying that such standards are only for tracking technological literacy and not for assessing AYP under Title I.  The bill would require states to use the bulk of their allotment for two new subgrant programs for LEAs, devoting: (1) 60 percent for formula subgrants to improve teaching and learning through technology, and (2) 40 percent for competitive subgrants for systemic school redesign through technology integration.  The bill would also create a new subpart 2 (State Competitive Grants) program to which all funding is to be directed if part D appropriations fall below a specified amount. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4913.

H.R. 4929, the Computer Science Career Education Act of 2014 by Representative Cardenas (D-CA) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to eligible partnerships to develop and operate a four- or six-year computer science career education program.  Such programs would include:  the development of computer science programs for both secondary education and postsecondary education; professional development for teachers; career and academic counseling for the students; and other specified uses.  An “eligible partnership” would mean a consortium between or among at least one LEA, at least one IHE, and representatives of the community, including nonprofit organizations, local or regional employers (including state agencies) with a documented workforce need in the computer science sector, workforce investment boards or other entities providing employment services, regional economic development organizations, industry associations, representatives of labor organizations, or central labor coalitions, where appropriate, and parents and students. [The companion measure is S. 2167 by Senator Gillibrand (D-NY).]  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4929.

Note: This bill could be strengthened by including language that would ensure access to these programs for underrepresented students.

H.R. 4965, the Pre-K for USA Act by Representative Castro (D-TX) would amend subpart 1 of ESEA Title V Part D to authorize the Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Health and Human Services) to jointly award competitive grants to LEAs or local governmental agencies to develop, enhance, or expand high-quality preschool programs, including comprehensive services and family engagement, for preschool-aged children.  The bill defines a high-quality preschool program as an early learning program that includes structural elements that are evidence-based and nationally recognized (such as Head Start program performance standards or research published by the National Institute for Early Education) as important for ensuring program quality, including at a minimum: (1) high staff qualifications; (2) high-quality professional development for all staff; (3) a staff-child ratio of no more than 1:10; (4) a class size of no more than 20; (5) a full-day program; (6) full inclusion of children with disabilities; (7) individualized accommodations and supports; (8) instructional staff salaries comparable to kindergarten through grade 12 teaching staff; (9) onsite or accessible comprehensive services for children; and (10) evidence-based health and safety standards.  The bill directs the secretaries to submit an annual report to Congress on the activities carried out under the bill. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4965.

H.R. 4973, the Spurring Teacher Education Movement for STEM (STEM for STEM) Act by Representative Pearce (R-NM) would amend ESEA Title VI, Part B, subpart 2 (Rural and Low-Income School Program) to expand the local use of grant funds to include training teachers in the area of science, technology, engineering, and math education. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4973.

H.R. 5001, the Core Opportunity Resources for Equity and Excellence Act of 2014 by Representative Fudge (D-OH) would amend the school improvement program under Part A of Title I of ESEA to require states to adopt student achievement standards that lead to college and career readiness by high school graduation.  The bill would then require each state school improvement plan to ensure that the state's public school system enables students to meet those standards by providing them with fair and equitable access to the core resources for learning.  The bill includes among the core resources for learning: (1) high-quality instructional teams; (2) rigorous academic standards and curricula that lead to college and career readiness by high school graduation; (3) equitable and instructionally appropriate class sizes; (4) up-to-date instructional materials, technology, and supplies; (5) effective school library programs; (5) school facilities and technology, including physically and environmentally sound school buildings and well-equipped instructional spaces; (6) specialized instruction support teams providing assessment, diagnosis, counseling, educational, therapeutic, and other necessary services as part of a comprehensive program to meet student needs; and (7) effective programs to engage families and the community in education.    

The bill would require the annual report cards to include information on the performance of LEAs and schools in providing students with fair and equitable access to the core resources for learning.  The bill would require states to identify any of their LEAs as needing improvement if they: (1) fail for two consecutive years to make AYP toward state academic content and achievement standards, or (2) have received a waiver of the ESEA's statutory or regulatory requirements from the Secretary of Education.  The bill then requires states to: (1) identify any inequities in access to the core resources of learning in schools served by an LEA that has been identified as needing improvement, and (2) work with the LEA to address those inequities.  The bill would prohibit states that fail to make progress toward eliminating inequities in access to the core resources for learning for two or more consecutive years from receiving funds under any competitive grant program authorized by the ESEA.  [The companion measure is S. 2557 by Senator Reed (D-RI).] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5001.

H.R. 5005 (112th H.R. 3027), the Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act of 2014 by Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) would amend the General Education Provisions Act to prohibit the Secretary of Education from providing education funding to any educational agency or institution that allows school personnel to inflict corporal punishment upon a student as a form of punishment or to modify undesirable behavior.  The bill would require each state to submit plans periodically describing how the state eliminates the use of corporal punishment in schools, authorize the secretary to award three-year grants to states and, through them, competitive subgrants to LEAs to assist them in improving school climate and culture by implementing school-wide positive behavior supports.  The bill would give Protection and Advocacy Systems the authority to enforce the Act. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5005.

H.R. 5127, the Helping Schools Protect Our Children Act of 2014 by Representative Takano (D-CA) would amend ESEA to include the training of school personnel to recognize child sexual abuse among the uses of grants to states and subgrants to LEAs and partnerships under Part A (Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund) of title II of ESEA.  [The companion measure is S. 756 by Senator Feinstein (D-CA)] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5127.

H.R. 5165, the Advancing Girls in STEM Act of 2014 by Representative Rigell (R-VA) would authorize the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to states to carry out programs that promote the involvement of female students in STEM fields.  The bill would require states to report annually to the secretary on how grants were used, and direct the secretary to report to Congress annually on the overall effectiveness of these grants.  The bill would authorize the reallocation of unobligated funds from the Office of Nuclear Warhead Protection to carry out the grant program under this Act. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5165.

Note:  NEA does not have a position on the bill’s funding source.

H.R. 5168 (112th H.R. 1090), the Full-Service Community Schools Act of 2014 by Representative Hoyer (D-MD) would amend ESEA to authorize the Secretary of Education to award matching grants to: (1) consortia composed of one or more LEAs 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 and integrate 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.  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5168.

H.R. 5219, the English Learning and Innovation Act by Representative Garcia (D-FL) would authorize grants to states, LEAs, and public charter schools or charter school management organizations to carry out activities that result in English language learners (ELLs) becoming proficient in English so they can access the knowledge needed to meet state college- and career readiness standards.  The bill would include among those activities: (1) improving instructional programs, including the use of dual-language or bilingual education; (2) ensuring that English learners are taught by effective teachers at schools administered by effective principals; (3) increasing the ability of families of English learners to engage in their child's education and development; and (4) expanding best practices to other schools or LEAs.  The bill would also authorize the secretary to award competitive capacity building grants to states and LEAs that have experienced a significant increase in English learner students.  [A related bill is S. 1043 by Senator Bennet (D-CO).]  See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5219.

H.R. 5324, the SAFE PLAY Act by Representative Capps (D-CA) would amend Part E of ESEA Title IX to require states to ensure that: (1) each LEA in the state develops and implements a standard plan for concussion safety and management in schools served by that LEA, and (2) that each public school in the state posts information based on peer-reviewed scientific evidence about concussions on school grounds, in a manner visible to students and school personnel, and to making that information publicly available on the school Web site. The bill would also amend Part E to require: (1) the Secretary of Education to develop materials and resources on exposure to excessive heat, and (2) the implementation of excessive heat action plans to be used during school-sponsored athletic activities.

The bill also requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to promote student health and safety by (1) increasing awareness of cardiomyopathy and other higher risk childhood cardiac conditions; (2) providing grants for cardiac training and equipment in schools: (3) creating recommended  guidelines for emergency action plans for student athletics; and (4) creating recommended guidelines for safe energy drink consumption; and (5) providing a report to Congress on the number of sports related fatalities and catastrophic injuries and their causes.  [The companion measure is S. 2718 by Senator Menendez (D-NJ)] See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5324.

H.R. 5343, the All Students Count Act of 2014 by Representative Honda (D-CA) would amend section 1111(h)(1)(C)(i) of ESEA to require that annual state report cards reflect the same race groups as the decennial census of population. See if your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 5343.

 

 


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