SEC. 2102/2122

SUBGRANTS TO LOCAL EDUCATION AGENCIES

 

 

Section Summary

 


ESSA Update

``SEC. 2102. <<NOTE: 20 USC 6612.>> SUBGRANTS TO LOCAL EDUCATIONAL
                          AGENCIES.

    ``(a) Allocation of Funds to Local Educational Agencies.--
            ``(1) In general.--From funds reserved by a State under
        section 2101(c)(1) for a fiscal year, the State, acting through
        the State educational agency, shall award subgrants to eligible
        local educational agencies from allocations described in
        paragraph (2).
            ``(2) Allocation formula.--From the funds described in
        paragraph (1), the State educational agency shall allocate to
        each of the eligible local educational agencies in the State for
        a fiscal year the sum of--
                    ``(A) an amount that bears the same relationship to
                20 percent of such funds for such fiscal year as the
                number of individuals aged 5 through 17 in the
                geographic area served by the agency, as determined by
                the Secretary on the basis of the most recent
                satisfactory data, bears to the number of those
                individuals in the geographic areas served by all
                eligible local educational agencies in the State, as so
                determined; and
                    ``(B) an amount that bears the same relationship to
                80 percent of the funds for such fiscal year as the
                number of individuals aged 5 through 17 from families
                with incomes below the poverty line in the geographic
                area served by the agency, as determined by the
                Secretary on the basis of the most recent satisfactory
                data, bears to the number of those individuals in the
                geographic areas served by all the eligible local
                educational agencies in the State, as so determined.
            ``(3) Rule of construction.--Nothing in this section shall
        be construed to prohibit a consortium of local educational
        agencies that are designated with a locale code of 41, 42, or
        43, or such local educational agencies designated with a locale
        code of 41, 42, or 43 that work in cooperation with an
        educational service agency, from voluntarily combining
        allocations received under this part for the collective use of
        funding by the consortium for activities under this section.

    ``(b) Local Applications.--
            ``(1) In general.--To be eligible to receive a subgrant
        under this section, a local educational agency shall submit an
        application to the State educational agency at such time, in
        such manner, and containing such information as the State
        educational agency may reasonably require.
            ``(2) Contents of application.--Each application submitted
        under paragraph (1) shall include the following:
                    ``(A) A description of the activities to be carried
                out by the local educational agency under this section
                and how these activities will be aligned with
                challenging State academic standards.

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                    ``(B) A description of the local educational
                agency's systems of professional growth and improvement, 
                such as induction for teachers, principals, or other
                school leaders and opportunities for building the
                capacity of teachers and opportunities to develop
                meaningful teacher leadership.
                    ``(C) A description of how the local educational
                agency will prioritize funds to schools served by the
                agency that are implementing comprehensive support and
                improvement activities and targeted support and
                improvement activities under section 1111(d) and have
                the highest percentage of children counted under section
                1124(c).
                    ``(D) A description of how the local educational
                agency will use data and ongoing consultation described
                in paragraph (3) to continually update and improve
                activities supported under this part.
                    ``(E) An assurance that the local educational agency
                will comply with section 8501 (regarding participation
                by private school children and teachers).
                    ``(F) An assurance that the local educational agency
                will coordinate professional development activities
                authorized under this part with professional development
                activities provided through other Federal, State, and
                local programs.
            ``(3) Consultation.--In developing the application described
        in paragraph (2), a local educational agency shall--
                    ``(A) meaningfully consult with teachers, 
                principals, other school leaders, paraprofessionals
                (including organizations representing such individuals), 
                specialized instructional support personnel, charter
                school leaders (in a local educational agency that has
                charter schools), parents, community partners, and other
                organizations or partners with relevant and demonstrated
                expertise in programs and activities designed to meet
                the purpose of this title;
                    ``(B) seek advice from the individuals and
                organizations described in subparagraph (A) regarding
                how best to improve the local educational agency's
                activities to meet the purpose of this title; and
                    ``(C) coordinate the local educational agency's
                activities under this part with other related
                strategies, programs, and activities being conducted in
                the community.
            ``(4) Limitation.--Consultation required under paragraph (3) 
        shall not interfere with the timely submission of the
        application required under this section.


NCLB Text

``SEC. 2121. ALLOCATIONS TO LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCIES. <<NOTE: 20 USC
            6621.>> 

    ``(a) Subgrants to Local Educational Agencies.--
            ``(1) In general.--The Secretary may make a grant to a State
        under subpart 1 only if the State educational agency agrees to
        distribute the funds described in this subsection as subgrants
        to local educational agencies under this subpart.
            ``(2) Hold harmless.--

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                    ``(A) In general.--From the funds reserved by a
                State under section 2113(a)(1), the State educational
                agency shall allocate to each local educational agency
                in the State an amount equal to the total amount that
                such agency received for fiscal year 2001 under--
                          ``(i) section 2203(1)(B) of this Act (as in
                      effect on the day before the date of enactment of
                      the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001); and
                          ``(ii) section 306 of the Department of
                      Education Appropriations Act, 2001 (as enacted
                      into law by section 1(a)(1) of Public Law 106-
                      554).
                    ``(B) Nonparticipating agencies.--In the case of a
                local educational agency that did not receive any funds
                for fiscal year 2001 under one or both of the provisions
                referred to in clauses (i) and (ii) of subparagraph (A), 
                the amount allocated to the agency under such
                subparagraph shall be the total amount that the agency
                would have received for fiscal year 2001 if the agency
                had elected to participate in all of the programs for
                which the agency was eligible under each of the
                provisions referred to in those clauses.
                    ``(C) Ratable reduction.--If the funds described in
                subparagraph (A) are insufficient to pay the full
                amounts that all local educational agencies in the State
                are eligible to receive under subparagraph (A) for any
                fiscal year, the State educational agency shall ratably
                reduce such amounts for the fiscal year.
            ``(3) Allocation of additional funds.--For any fiscal year
        for which the funds reserved by a State under section 2113(a)(1) 
        exceed the total amount required to make allocations under
        paragraph (2), the State educational agency shall allocate to
        each of the eligible local educational agencies in the State the
        sum of--
                    ``(A) an amount that bears the same relationship to
                20 percent of the excess amount as the number of
                individuals age 5 through 17 in the geographic area
                served by the agency, as determined by the Secretary on
                the basis of the most recent satisfactory data, bears to
                the number of those individuals in the geographic areas
                served by all the local educational agencies in the
                State, as so determined; and
                    ``(B) an amount that bears the same relationship to
                80 percent of the excess amount as the number of
                individuals age 5 through 17 from families with incomes
                below the poverty line in the geographic area served by
                the agency, as determined by the Secretary on the basis
                of the most recent satisfactory data, bears to the
                number of those individuals in the geographic areas
                served by all the local educational agencies in the
                State, as so determined.

``SEC. 2122. LOCAL APPLICATIONS AND NEEDS ASSESSMENT. <<NOTE: 20 USC
            6622.>> 

    ``(a) In General.--To be eligible to receive a subgrant under this
subpart, a local educational agency shall submit an application to the
State educational agency at such time, in such manner, and containing
such information as the State educational agency may reasonably require.

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    ``(b) Contents.--Each application submitted under this section shall
be based on the needs assessment required in subsection (c) and shall
include the following:
            ``(1)(A) A description of the activities to be carried out
        by the local educational agency under this subpart and how these
        activities will be aligned with--
                    ``(i) challenging State academic content standards
                and student academic achievement standards, and State
                assessments; and
                    ``(ii) the curricula and programs tied to the
                standards described in clause (i).
            ``(B) A description of how the activities will be based on a
        review of scientifically based research and an explanation of
        why the activities are expected to improve student academic
        achievement.
            ``(2) A description of how the activities will have a
        substantial, measurable, and positive impact on student academic
        achievement and how the activities will be used as part of a
        broader strategy to eliminate the achievement gap that separates
        low-income and minority students from other students.
            ``(3) An assurance that the local educational agency will
        target funds to schools within the jurisdiction of the local
        educational agency that--
                    ``(A) have the lowest proportion of highly qualified
                teachers;
                    ``(B) have the largest average class size; or
                    ``(C) are identified for school improvement under
                section 1116(b).
            ``(4) A description of how the local educational agency will
        coordinate professional development activities authorized under
        this subpart with professional development activities provided
        through other Federal, State, and local programs.
            ``(5) A description of the professional development
        activities that will be made available to teachers and
        principals under this subpart and how the local educational
        agency will ensure that the professional development (which may
        include teacher mentoring) needs of teachers and principals will
        be met using funds under this subpart.
            ``(6) A description of how the local educational agency will
        integrate funds under this subpart with funds received under
        part D that are used for professional development to train
        teachers to integrate technology into curricula and instruction
        to improve teaching, learning, and technology literacy.
            ``(7) A description of how the local educational agency, 
        teachers, paraprofessionals, principals, other relevant school
        personnel, and parents have collaborated in the planning of
        activities to be carried out under this subpart and in the
        preparation of the application.
            ``(8) A description of the results of the needs assessment
        described in subsection (c).
            ``(9) A description of how the local educational agency will
        provide training to enable teachers to--
                    ``(A) teach and address the needs of students with
                different learning styles, particularly students with
                disabilities, students with special learning needs
                (including students who are gifted and talented), and
                students with limited English proficiency;

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                    ``(B) improve student behavior in the classroom and
                identify early and appropriate interventions to help
                students described in subparagraph (A) learn;
                    ``(C) involve parents in their child's education; 
                and
                    ``(D) understand and use data and assessments to
                improve classroom practice and student learning.
            ``(10) A description of how the local educational agency
        will use funds under this subpart to meet the requirements of
        section 1119.
            ``(11) An assurance that the local educational agency will
        comply with section 9501 (regarding participation by private
        school children and teachers).

    ``(c) Needs Assessment.--
            ``(1) In general.--To be eligible to receive a subgrant
        under this subpart, a local educational agency shall conduct an
        assessment of local needs for professional development and
        hiring, as identified by the local educational agency and school
        staff.
            ``(2) Requirements.--Such needs assessment shall be
        conducted with the involvement of teachers, including teachers
        participating in programs under part A of title I, and shall
        take into account the activities that need to be conducted in
        order to give teachers the means, including subject matter
        knowledge and teaching skills, and to give principals the
        instructional leadership skills to help teachers, to provide
        students with the opportunity to meet challenging State and
        local student academic achievement standards.