SEC. 2212

TEACHER AND SCHOOL LEADER INCENTIVE FUND GRANTS

 

 

Section Summary

DRAFT:

This section allows for competitive grants in order to develop or improve performance-based compensation systems or human capital management systems.  The duration of the award may not exceed 3 years, and may be renewed for a period of no more than 2 years.  A local educational agency may receive this grant twice.

The corresponding NCLB text outlines the previous legislation established under NCLB, the Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund. --LIST DIFFERENCES--

info:  http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/siteASCD/policy/ESSA-Title-II-FAQ_Mar222016.pdf


ESSA Update

``SEC. 2212. <<NOTE: 20 USC 6632.>> TEACHER AND SCHOOL LEADER
                          INCENTIVE FUND GRANTS.

    ``(a) Grants Authorized.--From the amounts reserved by the Secretary
under section 2201(1), the Secretary shall award grants, on a
competitive basis, to eligible entities to enable the eligible entities
to develop, implement, improve, or expand performance-based compensation
systems or human capital management systems, in schools served by the
eligible entity.
    ``(b) Duration of Grants.--
            ``(1) In general.--A grant awarded under this subpart shall
        be for a period of not more than 3 years.
            ``(2) Renewal.--The Secretary may renew a grant awarded
        under this subpart for a period of not more than 2 years if the
        grantee demonstrates to the Secretary that the grantee is
        effectively using funds. Such renewal may include allowing the
        grantee to scale up or replicate the successful program.
            ``(3) Limitation.--A local educational agency may receive
        (whether individually or as part of a consortium or partnership) 
        a grant under this subpart, as amended by the Every Student
        Succeeds Act, only twice.

    ``(c) Applications.--An eligible entity desiring a grant under this
subpart shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time and in
such manner as the Secretary may reasonably require. The application
shall include--
            ``(1) a description of the performance-based compensation
        system or human capital management system that the eligible
        entity proposes to develop, implement, improve, or expand
        through the grant;
            ``(2) a description of the most significant gaps or
        insufficiencies in student access to effective teachers, 
        principals, or other school leaders in high-need schools, 
        including gaps or inequities in how effective teachers, 
        principals, or other school leaders are distributed across the
        local educational agency, as identified using factors such as
        data on school resources, staffing patterns, school environment, 
        educator support systems, and other school-level factors;

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            ``(3) a description and evidence of the support and
        commitment from teachers, principals, or other school leaders, 
        which may include charter school leaders, in the school
        (including organizations representing teachers, principals, or
        other school leaders), the community, and the local educational
        agency to the activities proposed under the grant;
            ``(4) a description of how the eligible entity will develop
        and implement a fair, rigorous, valid, reliable, and objective
        process to evaluate teacher, principal, or other school leader
        performance under the system that is based in part on measures
        of student academic achievement, including the baseline
        performance against which evaluations of improved performance
        will be made;
            ``(5) a description of the local educational agencies or
        schools to be served under the grant, including such student
        academic achievement, demographic, and socioeconomic information
        as the Secretary may request;
            ``(6) a description of the effectiveness of teachers, 
        principals, or other school leaders in the local educational
        agency and the schools to be served under the grant and the
        extent to which the system will increase the effectiveness of
        teachers, principals, or other school leaders in such schools;
            ``(7) a description of how the eligible entity will use
        grant funds under this subpart in each year of the grant, 
        including a timeline for implementation of such activities;
            ``(8) a description of how the eligible entity will continue
        the activities assisted under the grant after the grant period
        ends;
            ``(9) a description of the State, local, or other public or
        private funds that will be used to supplement the grant, 
        including funds under part A, and sustain the activities
        assisted under the grant after the end of the grant period;
            ``(10) a description of--
                    ``(A) the rationale for the project;
                    ``(B) how the proposed activities are evidence-
                based; and
                    ``(C) if applicable, the prior experience of the
                eligible entity in developing and implementing such
                activities; and
            ``(11) a description of how activities funded under this
        subpart will be evaluated, monitored, and publically reported.

    ``(d) Award Basis.--
            ``(1) Priority.--In awarding a grant under this subpart, the
        Secretary shall give priority to an eligible entity that
        concentrates the activities proposed to be assisted under the
        grant on teachers, principals, or other school leaders serving
        in high-need schools.
            ``(2) Equitable distribution.--To the extent practicable, 
        the Secretary shall ensure an equitable geographic distribution
        of grants under this subpart, including the distribution of such
        grants between rural and urban areas.

    ``(e) Use of Funds.--
            ``(1) In general.--An eligible entity that receives a grant
        under this subpart shall use the grant funds to develop, 
        implement, improve, or expand, in collaboration with teachers, 
        principals, other school leaders, and members of the public, a
        performance-based compensation system or human capital
        management system consistent with this subpart.

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            ``(2) Authorized activities.--Grant funds under this subpart
        may be used for one or more of the following:
                    ``(A) Developing or improving an evaluation and
                support system, including as part of a human capital
                management system as applicable, that--
                          ``(i) reflects clear and fair measures of
                      teacher, principal, or other school leader
                      performance, based in part on demonstrated
                      improvement in student academic achievement; and
                          ``(ii) provides teachers, principals, or other
                      school leaders with ongoing, differentiated, 
                      targeted, and personalized support and feedback
                      for improvement, including professional
                      development opportunities designed to increase
                      effectiveness.
                    ``(B) Conducting outreach within a local educational
                agency or a State to gain input on how to construct an
                evaluation and support system described in subparagraph
                (A) and to develop support for the evaluation and
                support system, including by training appropriate
                personnel in how to observe and evaluate teachers, 
                principals, or other school leaders.
                    ``(C) Providing principals or other school leaders
                with--
                          ``(i) balanced autonomy to make budgeting, 
                      scheduling, and other school-level decisions in a
                      manner that meets the needs of the school without
                      compromising the intent or essential components of
                      the policies of the local educational agency or
                      State; and
                          ``(ii) authority to make staffing decisions
                      that meet the needs of the school, such as
                      building an instructional leadership team that
                      includes teacher leaders or offering opportunities
                      for teams or pairs of effective teachers or
                      candidates to teach or start teaching in high-need
                      schools together.
                    ``(D) Implementing, as part of a comprehensive
                performance-based compensation system, a differentiated
                salary structure, which may include bonuses and
                stipends, to--
                          ``(i) teachers who--
                                    ``(I) teach in--
                                            ``(aa) high-need schools; or
                                            ``(bb) high-need subjects;
                                    ``(II) raise student academic
                                achievement; or
                                    ``(III) take on additional
                                leadership responsibilities; or
                          ``(ii) principals or other school leaders who
                      serve in high-need schools and raise student
                      academic achievement in the schools.
                    ``(E) Improving the local educational agency's
                system and process for the recruitment, selection, 
                placement, and retention of effective teachers, 
                principals, or other school leaders in high-need
                schools, such as by improving local educational agency
                policies and procedures to ensure that high-need schools
                are competitive and timely in--
                          ``(i) attracting, hiring, and retaining
                      effective educators;
                          ``(ii) offering bonuses or higher salaries to
                      effective educators; or

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                          ``(iii) establishing or strengthening school
                      leader residency programs and teacher residency
                      programs.
                    ``(F) Instituting career advancement opportunities
                characterized by increased responsibility and pay that
                reward and recognize effective teachers, principals, or
                other school leaders in high-need schools and enable
                them to expand their leadership and results, such as
                through teacher-led professional development, mentoring, 
                coaching, hybrid roles, administrative duties, and
                career ladders.

    ``(f) Matching Requirement.--Each eligible entity that receives a
grant under this subpart shall provide, from non-Federal sources, an
amount equal to 50 percent of the amount of the grant (which may be
provided in cash or in kind) to carry out the activities supported by
the grant.
    ``(g) Supplement, Not Supplant.--Grant funds provided under this
subpart shall be used to supplement, not supplant, other Federal or
State funds available to carry out activities described in this subpart.


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