Bills AFSA follows

H.R. 2196/S. 1052 – The GREAT Teachers and Principals Act

Sponsors: Rep. Thomas Petri (D-WI) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) Purpose/Summary: Authorizes the Secretary of Education to award grants to states to: (1) create or approve teacher or principal preparation academies and create or designate authorizers of those academies; (2) support the creation and operation of such academies; and (3) award subgrants to nonprofit entities to establish or expand such [...]

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H.R. 791 – Continuum of Learning Act

Sponsors: Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) Purpose/Summary: Amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to coordinate school improvement and professional development activities with early childhood development and education programs. Amends the school improvement program under part A of title I of the ESEA to require states to create or revise early learning guidelines for preschool age children and [...]

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H.R. 4068/S. 326 – Afterschool for America’s Children Act

Sponsors: Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI), Senator Barbara Boxer Purpose/Summary: Amends the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program under part B of title IV of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). (21st Century Community Learning Centers provide students with before school, after school, and summer learning programs to improve their academic performance.) Requires the Centers to provide students’ [...]

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S. 322 – Ready to Learn Act

Sponsor: Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) Purpose/Summary: Amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 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. Requires that [...]

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H.R. 2706/S. 758 – The LEARN (Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation) Act

Sponsors: Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) Purpose/Summary: Authorizes 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. Directs the Secretary to award grants to states to implement their comprehensive literacy plans for such children through: • competitive subgrants to [...]

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H.R. 521/S. 1087 – Transforming Education through Technology Act

Sponsor: Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Senator Kay Hagen (D-NC) Purpose/Summary: Directs the Secretary of Education 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. Directs the Secretary to award renewable, competitive grants to eligible partnerships to improve student achievement, academic [...]

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H.R. 628/S. 195 – Mental Health in Schools Act

Sponsor: Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Senator Al Franken (D-MN) Purpose/Summary: Amends the Public Health Service Act to revise a community children and violence program to assist local communities and schools in applying a public health approach to mental health services, including by: (1) revising eligibility requirements for a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement; and (2) providing for comprehensive school mental [...]

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H.R. 2316/S. 708 – Success in the Middle Act

Sponsor: Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) Purpose/Summary: Directs 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 [...]

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H.R. 2172/S. 1062 – The Educator Preparation Reform Act

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) Purpose/Summary: Amends title II (Teacher Quality Enhancement) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) to revise the Teacher Quality Partnership grant program. (The grant program provides funds to partnerships of high-need local educational agencies [LEAs], high-need schools, institutions of higher education [IHEs], and, as applicable, high-need early childhood education [...]

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H.R. 4172 – Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act

Sponsor: Reps. Chris Gibson (R-NY) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) Purpose/summary:  would reduce the federal role in testing to the pre-No Child Left Behind (NCLB) status known as grade-span testing, giving educators more time to teach and students more time to learn. With grade-span testing – meaning once in elementary, once in middle, and once in high school – the number [...]

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