S.585 - Full-Service Community Schools Act of 2011
A bill to authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants for the support of full-service community schools, and for other purposes.
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Mr. NELSON of Nebraska (for himself, Mr. KERRY, Mr. BROWN of Ohio, Mr. UDALL of Colorado, Ms. MIKULSKI, Mr. COONS, and Mr. DURBIN) 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. PURPOSES.
(2) Improving the coordination and integration, accessibility, and effectiveness of services for children and families, particularly for students attending high-poverty schools, including high-poverty rural schools.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(7) Facilitating the coordination and integration of programs and services operated by community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, and State, local, and tribal governments.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.
(1) ESEA DEFINITIONS- The terms ‘elementary school’, ‘local educational agency’, and ‘secondary school’ have the meanings given the terms in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (
(A) participates in a community-based effort to coordinate and integrate educational, developmental, family, health, and other comprehensive services through community-based organizations and public and private partnerships; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) provides access to such services to students, families, and the community, such as access during the school year (including before- and after-school hours), as well as during the summer.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. LOCAL PROGRAMS.
(a) Grants- The Secretary of Education (in this Act referred to as the ‘Secretary’) may award grants to eligible entities to assist public elementary or secondary schools to function as full-service community schools.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) coordinate not less than 3 existing qualified services and provide not less than 2 additional qualified services at 1 or more public elementary or secondary schools;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) integrate multiple services into a comprehensive, coordinated continuum supported by research-based activities which achieve the performance goals established under subsection (c)(4)(E) to meet the holistic needs of young people; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) if applicable, coordinate and integrate services provided by community-based organizations and government agencies with services provided by specialized instructional support personnel.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Application- To seek a grant under this section, an eligible entity shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time and in such manner as the Secretary may require. The Secretary shall require that each such application include the following:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) A memorandum of understanding among all partner entities that will assist the eligible entity to coordinate and provide qualified services and that describes the roles the partner entities will assume.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(E) Yearly measurable performance goals, including an increase in the percentage of families and students targeted for services each year of the program, which are consistent with the following objectives:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(F) Performance measures to monitor progress toward attainment of the goals established under subparagraph (E), including a combination of the following, to the extent applicable:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(vi) Participation rates by parents and family members in school-sanctioned activities and activities that occur as a result of community and school collaboration, as well as activities intended to support adult education and workforce development.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(G) Qualified services, including existing and additional qualified services, to be coordinated and provided by the eligible entity and its partner entities, including an explanation of--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(H) Plans to ensure that each site has full-time coordination of qualified services at each full-service community school, including coordination with existing specialized instructional support personnel.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(I) Planning, coordination, management, and oversight of qualified services at each school to be served, including the role of the school principal, partner entities, parents, and members of the community.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(J) Funding sources for qualified services to be coordinated and provided at each school to be served, whether such funding is derived from a grant under this section or from other Federal, State, local, or private sources.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(M) How the eligible entity and its partner entities will focus services on schools eligible for a schoolwide program under section 1114 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (
(1) an assessment of objective data regarding the need for the establishment of a full-service community school and qualified services at each school to be served and in the community involved;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) if appropriate, scientifically based research that provides evidence that the qualified services involved will help students meet State and local student academic achievement standards.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1)(A) will serve a minimum of 1 or more full-service community schools eligible for a schoolwide program under section 1114 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (
(f) Grant Period- Each grant awarded under this section shall be for a period of 5 years and may be renewed at the discretion of the Secretary based on the eligible entity’s demonstrated effectiveness in meeting the performance goals and measures established under subparagraphs (E) and (F) of subsection (c)(4).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(g) Planning- The Secretary may authorize an eligible entity to use grant funds under this section for planning purposes in an amount not greater than 10 percent of the total grant amount.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(h) Minimum Amount- The Secretary may not award a grant to an eligible entity under this section in an amount that is less than $75,000 for each year of the 5-year grant period.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) the term ‘eligible entity’ means a consortium of 1 or more local educational agencies and 1 or more community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, or other public or private entities;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) the term ‘existing qualified services’ means qualified services already being financed, as of the time of the application, by Federal, State, local or private sources, or volunteer activities being supported as of such time by civic, business, faith-based, social, and other similar organizations; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(F) Programs that promote parental involvement and family literacy, including the Reading First, Early Reading First, and William F. Goodling Even Start Family Literacy programs authorized in part B of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (
SEC. 5. STATE PROGRAMS.
(1) Developing a State comprehensive results and indicators framework to implement full-service community schools, consistent with performance goals described in section 4(c)(4)(E).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) Planning, coordinating, and expanding the development of full-service community schools in the State, particularly schools in high-poverty local educational agencies, including high-poverty rural local educational agencies.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) Providing technical assistance and training for full-service community schools, including professional development for personnel and creation of data collection and evaluation systems.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) Evaluating the impact of State and Federal policies and guidelines on the ability of eligible entities (as defined in section 4(i)) to integrate Federal and State programs at full-service community schools, and taking action to make necessary changes.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Application- To seek a grant under this section, a State collaborative shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time and in such manner as the Secretary may require. The Secretary shall require that each such application include the following:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) A comprehensive accountability plan that will be used to demonstrate effectiveness, including the measurable performance goals of the program and performance measures to monitor progress and assess services’ impact on students and families and academic achievement.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) An explanation of how the State collaborative will work to ensure State policies and guidelines can support the development of full-service community schools, as well as provide technical assistance and training, including professional development, for full-service community schools.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(e) Minimum Amount- The Secretary may not award a grant to a State collaborative under this section in an amount that is less than $500,000 for each year of the 5-year grant period.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) the term ‘State’ includes the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the United States Virgin Islands, and any other territory or possession of the United States; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) the term ‘State collaborative’ means a collaborative of a State educational agency and not less than 2 other governmental agencies or nonprofit organizations that provide services to children and families.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. ADVISORY COMMITTEE.
(a) Establishment- There is hereby established an advisory committee to be known as the ‘Full-Service Community Schools Advisory Committee’ (in this section referred to as the ‘Advisory Committee’).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Consultation- In carrying out its duties under this section, the Advisory Committee shall consult annually with eligible entities awarded grants under section 4, State collaboratives awarded grants under section 5, and other entities with expertise in operating full-service community schools.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 7. GENERAL PROVISIONS.
(a) Technical Assistance- The Secretary, directly or through grants, shall provide such technical assistance as may be appropriate to accomplish the purposes of this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Construction Clause- Nothing in this Act shall be construed to alter or otherwise affect the rights, remedies, and procedures afforded school or school district employees under Federal, State, or local laws (including applicable regulations or court orders) or under the terms of collective bargaining agreements, memoranda of understanding, or other agreements between such employees and their employers.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(e) Supplement, Not Supplant- Funds made available to a grantee under this Act may be used only to supplement, and not supplant, any other Federal, State, or local funds that would otherwise be available to carry out the activities assisted under this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall require each recipient of a grant under this Act to provide matching funds from non-Federal sources in an amount determined under paragraph (2).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) SLIDING SCALE- Subject to subparagraph (B), the Secretary shall determine the amount of matching funds to be required of a grantee under this subsection based on a sliding fee scale that takes into account--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) CONSIDERATION- Notwithstanding this subsection, the Secretary shall not consider an applicant’s ability to match funds when determining which applicants will receive grants under this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 8. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
(1) 85 percent shall be for section 4, and of the funds allocated for new grants under such section, at least 10 percent shall be made available for local educational agencies that satisfy the requirements of--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink