Section Summary



`SEC. 4504. <<NOTE: 20 USC 7244.>> USES OF FUNDS.

``(a) In General.--Each statewide organization or consortium

receiving a grant under this part shall use the grant funds, based on

the needs determined under section 4503(b)(6)(I), to provide training

and technical assistance to State educational agencies, local

educational agencies, and organizations that support family-school

partnerships, and activities, services, and training for local

educational agencies, school leaders, educators, and parents--

``(1) to assist parents in participating effectively in

their children's education and to help their children meet

challenging State academic standards, such as by assisting


``(A) to engage in activities that will improve

student academic achievement, including understanding

how parents can support learning in the classroom with

activities at home and in after school and

extracurricular programs;

``(B) to communicate effectively with their

children, teachers, school leaders, counselors,

administrators, and other school personnel;

``(C) to become active participants in the

development, implementation, and review of school-parent

compacts, family engagement in education policies, and

school planning and improvement;

``(D) to participate in the design and provision of

assistance to students who are not making academic


``(E) to participate in State and local


``(F) to train other parents; and

``(G) in learning and using technology applied in

their children's education;

``(2) to develop and implement, in partnership with the

State educational agency, statewide family engagement in

education policy and systemic initiatives that will provide for

a continuum of services to remove barriers for family engagement

in education and support school reform efforts; and

``(3) to develop and implement parental involvement policies

under this Act.

``(b) Rule of Construction.--Nothing in this section shall be

construed to prohibit a statewide family engagement center from--

``(1) having its employees or agents meet with a parent at a

site that is not on school grounds; or

``(2) working with another agency that serves children.

``(c) Parental Rights.--Notwithstanding any other provision of this


``(1) no person (including a parent who educates a child at

home, a public school parent, or a private school parent) shall

be required to participate in any program of parent education or

developmental screening under this section; and

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``(2) no program or center assisted under this section shall

take any action that infringes in any manner on the right of

parents to direct the education of their children.


Previously not included in NCLB.