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H.R.3821 - After School for America's Children Act of 2012
To reauthorize 21st century community learning centers, and for other purposes.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. PURPOSE; DEFINITIONS.
(ii) by striking ‘and character education programs,’ and inserting ‘social and emotional learning programming, character education programs, and physical fitness and wellness programs,’; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.’; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) assists students in meeting State and local academic achievement standards in core academic subjects by providing the students with academic and enrichment activities and a broad array of other activities (such as drug and violence prevention, physical education, wellness education, art, music, counseling, and technology programs) during nonschool hours or periods when school is not in session (such as before or after school or during summer recess) that--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING- The term ‘social and emotional learning’ means the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills associated with the core areas of social and emotional competency including--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) self-awareness and self management to achieve school and life success, such as identifying and recognizing strengths, needs, emotions, values and self-efficacy, impulse control and stress management, self-motivation and discipline, and goal setting and organization skills;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) social awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships, such as perspective taking and respect for others, communication, working cooperatively, negotiation, conflict management, and help-seeking; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(C) decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in personal, academic and community contexts, such as situational analysis, problem solving, reflection, and social and ethical responsibility.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING PROGRAMMING- The term ‘social and emotional learning programming’ refers to classroom instruction and schoolwide activities and initiatives that--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) provide systematic instruction whereby social and emotional skills are taught, modeled, practiced, and applied so that students use them as part of their daily behavior;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(C) teach children to apply social and emotional skills to prevent specific problem behaviors such as substance use, violence, bullying, and school failure, and to promote positive behaviors in class, school, and community activities; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(E) in paragraph (5) (as so redesignated), by inserting ‘Indian tribe or tribal organization (as such terms are defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Act (
25 U.S.C. 450b)),’ after ‘community-based organization,’; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(6) EXTERNAL ORGANIZATIONS- The term ‘external organization’ means a nonprofit organization with a record of success in running or working with after school programs.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. ALLOTMENTS TO STATES.
‘(E) Ensuring that any eligible entity that receives an award under this part from the State aligns the activities provided by the afterschool program with State academic standards.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(G) Working with teachers, principals, parents, and other stakeholders to review and improve State policies and practices to support the implementation of effective programs.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. STATE APPLICATION.
(1) in paragraph (6), by inserting ‘and coordinating professional development for staff in specific content areas as well as youth development’ before the semicolon at the end;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) by striking ‘and representatives of teachers’ and all that follows through ‘organizations;’ and inserting ‘statewide after school networks (where applicable), representatives of teachers, local educational agencies, and community-based organizations; and’; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) a description of any other representatives of teachers, parents, students, or the business community that the State has selected to assist in the development of the application, if applicable;’;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(13) describes how the State will prescreen external organizations that could provide assistance in carrying out the activities under this section, and develop and make available to eligible entities a list of external organizations that successfully completed the prescreening process; and’; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘activities, with emphasis on alignment with the regular academic program of the school and the academic needs of participating students, including performance indicators and measures that--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(ii) include State assessment results and other indicators of students success and improvement, such as improved attendance during the school day, better classroom grades, regular (or consistent) program attendance, and on-time advancement to the next grade level;’;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(g) Limitation- The Secretary may not impose a priority or preference for eligibility for, or applications by, States or eligible entities that seek to use funds made available under this part to extend the regular school day.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. LOCAL COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM.
(ii) by inserting ‘, including the sharing of relevant student data among the schools, all participants in the eligible entity, and any partnering entities described in subparagraph (H) while complying with applicable laws relating to privacy and confidentiality’ before the semicolon; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(J) a demonstration that the eligible entity uses research or evidence-based practices to provide educational and related activities that will complement and enhance the academic performance, achievement, and positive youth development of the students;’;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) LIMITATION- A State educational agency may not impose a priority or preference for eligibility for, or applications by, eligible entities that seek to use funds made available under this part to extend the regular school day.’; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(j) Renewability of Awards- A State educational agency may renew a grant provided under this section to an eligible entity, based on the eligible entity’s performance during the original grant period.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. LOCAL ACTIVITIES.
‘(1) academic enrichment learning programs, mentoring programs, remedial education activities, and tutoring services, that are aligned with local school curricula and State and local content and student academic achievement standards;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(8) activities and programs that support global education and global competence, including those that foster learning about other countries, cultures, languages, and global issues;’;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(14) programs that build skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (referred to in this paragraph as ‘STEM’) and that foster innovation in learning by supporting nontraditional STEM education teaching methods.’; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(D) ensure that measures of student success align with the regular academic program of the school and the academic needs of participating students and include performance indicators and measures described in section 4203(a)(13)(A); andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 7. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
‘SEC. 4206. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
SEC. 8. TRANSITION.
The recipient of a multiyear grant award under part B of title IV of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (