S.326 - After School for America's Children Act
A bill to reauthorize 21st century community learning centers, and for other purposes.
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Mrs. BOXER (for herself, Ms. MURKOWSKI, Mrs. MURRAY, Mr. BEGICH, and Mr. MANCHIN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and PensionsCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. PURPOSE; DEFINITIONS.
(ii) by striking ‘and recreation programs’ and all that follows through ‘character education programs’ and inserting ‘physical fitness and wellness programs, and technology education 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 programs and activities described in subsection (a)(2)) during nonschool hours or periods when school is not in session (such as before or after school or during summer recess) that--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) in paragraph (3), by inserting ‘Indian tribe or tribal organization (as such terms are defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Act (
‘(B) in the case of a community where there is no such organization, a nonprofit organization in the community that enters into a formal agreement or partnership with an organization described in subparagraph (A) to receive mentoring and guidance.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) employees of a State educational agency who are familiar with the 21st century community learning center program under this part review all applications that the State receives for awards under this part for completeness and applicant eligibility;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(C) the peer reviewers described in subparagraph (B) review and rate the applications to determine the extent to which the applications meet the requirements under sections 4204(b) and 4205.’.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 after school 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.
‘(A) will make awards under this part to eligible entities that serve students who primarily attend schools that are eligible for schoolwide programs under section 1114 and the families of such students; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) in paragraph (6), by striking ‘and dissemination of promising practices’ and inserting ‘, dissemination of promising practices, and coordination of professional development for staff in specific content areas as well as youth development’;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(11) describes how the State will prescreen external organizations that could provide assistance in carrying out the activities under this part, and develop and make available to eligible entities a list of external organizations that successfully completed the prescreening process;’;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(iii) by striking ‘and representatives of teachers’ and all that follows through ‘organizations;’ and inserting the following: ‘representatives of teachers, local educational agencies, and community-based organizations; 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;’; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(ii) in subparagraph (A), by striking ‘; and’ and inserting the following: ‘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 student 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.
‘(i) active collaboration with the schools the students attend, 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; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(J) a demonstration that the eligible entity will use best practices, including 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;’; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(III) enroll students who scored below the proficient level on the State academic assessments under section 1111(b)(3) in reading, language arts, or mathematics, on the most recent such assessments for which data are available; andCommentsClose 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.
(G) in paragraph (13) (as redesignated by subparagraph (B)), by striking ‘, counseling programs, and character education programs.’ and inserting ‘and counseling programs; and’; andCommentsClose 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 non-traditional 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)(14)(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 (