A r c h i v e d  I n f o r m a t i o n

PART D--NATIONAL EDUCATION DISSEMINATION SYSTEM

SEC. 941. ESTABLISHMENT WITHIN OFFICE OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND IMPROVEMENT (cont.).

(h) REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL LABORATORIES FOR RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, DISSEMINATION, AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE (cont.).
(6) CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS.--In carrying out its responsibilities, each regional educational laboratory shall--
(A) establish a governing board that--
(i) reflects a balanced representation of the States in the region, as well as the interests and concerns of regional constituencies, and that includes teachers and education researchers;
(ii) is the sole entity that--
(I) guides and directs the laboratory in carrying out the provisions of this subsection and satisfying the terms and conditions of the contract award;
(II) determines the regional agenda of the laboratory;
(III) engages in an ongoing dialogue with the Assistant Secretary concerning the laboratory's goals, activities, and priorities; and
(IV) determines at the start of the contract period, subject to the requirements of this section and in consultation with the Assistant Secretary, the mission of the regional educational laboratory for the duration of the contract period;
(iii) ensures that the regional educational laboratory attains and maintains a high level of quality in the laboratory's work and products;
(iv) establishes standards to ensure that the regional educational laboratory has strong and effective governance, organization, management, and administration, and employs qualified staff;
(v) directs the regional educational laboratory to carry out the laboratory's duties in a manner as will make progress toward achieving the National Education Goals and reforming schools and educational systems; and
(vi) conducts a continuing survey of the educational needs, strengths, and weaknesses within the region, including a process of open hearings to solicit the views of schools and teachers.
(B) Comply with the standards developed by the Assistant Secretary and approved by the Board under section 912.
(C) Coordinate its activities, collaborate, and regularly exchange information with the Institutes established under section 941, the National Diffusion Network, and its Developer-Demonstrator and State Facilitator projects, learning grant institutions and district education agents assisted under subsection (i), the Educational Resources Information Center Clearinghouses, and other entities engaged in technical assistance and dissemination activities which are supported by other offices of the Department of Education.
(D) Allocate the regional educational laboratory's resources to and within each State in a manner which reflects the need for assistance, taking into account such factors as the proportion of economically disadvantaged students, the increased cost burden of service delivery in areas of sparse populations, and any special initiatives being undertaken by State, intermediate, local educational agencies, or Bureau- funded schools, as appropriate, which may require special assistance from the laboratory.
(7) EVALUATIONS.--The Assistant Secretary shall provide for independent evaluations of each of the regional educational laboratories in carrying out the duties described in paragraph (1) in the third year that such laboratory receives assistance under this subsection in accordance with the standards developed by the Assistant Secretary and approved by the Board and shall transmit the results of such evaluations to the relevant committees of the Congress, the Board, and the appropriate regional educational laboratory board.
(8) INVITATION REGARDING COMPETITION FOR AWARDS OF ASSISTANCE. --Prior to awarding a grant or entering into a contract under this section, the Secretary shall invite applicants, including the regional educational laboratories in existence on the day preceding the date of enactment of this Act, to compete for such award through notice in the Federal Register and in the publication of the Department of Commerce known as the Commerce Business Daily.
(9) APPLICATION FOR ASSISTANCE.--Each application for assistance under this subsection shall--
(A) cover not less than a 5-year period;
(B) describe how the applicant would carry out the activities required by this subsection; and
(C) contain such additional information as the Secretary may reasonably require.
(10) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.--No regional educational laboratory receiving assistance under this subsection shall, by reason of the receipt of that assistance, be ineligible to receive any other assistance from the Department of Education as authorized by law or be prohibited from engaging in activities involving international projects or endeavors.
(11) ADVANCE PAYMENT SYSTEM.--Each regional educational laboratory shall participate in the advance payment system at the Department of Education.
(12) ADDITIONAL PROJECTS.--In addition to activities described in paragraph (3), the Assistant Secretary, from amounts appropriated pursuant to subsection (h), is authorized to enter into agreements with a regional educational laboratory for the purpose of carrying out additional projects to enable such regional educational laboratory to assist in efforts to achieve the National Education Goals and for other purposes.
(13) PLAN.--Not later than July 1 of each year, each regional educational laboratory shall submit to the Assistant Secretary a plan covering the succeeding fiscal year, in which such laboratory's mission, activities, and scope of work are described, including a general description of--
(A) the plans such laboratory expects to submit in the remaining years of such laboratory's contract; and
(B) an assessment of how well such laboratory is meeting the needs of the region.
(14) CONSTRUCTION.--Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to require any modifications in the regional educational laboratory contracts in effect on the day preceding the date of enactment of this title.
(i) GOALS 2000 COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM.--
(1) PURPOSE.--The purpose of the Goals 2000 Community Partnerships program is to improve the quality of learning and teaching in the most impoverished urban and rural communities of the United States by supporting sustained collaborations between universities, schools, businesses, and communities which apply and utilize the results of educational research and development.
(2) GRANTS FOR GOALS 2000 COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS.--The Assistant Secretary is authorized to make grants to eligible entities to support the establishment of Learning Grant Institutions and District Education Agents and the activities authorized under this subsection within eligible communities.
(3) DEFINITION OF ELIGIBLE ENTITY AND ELIGIBLE COMMUNITY.--For the purposes of this subsection:
(A) The term "eligible entity" includes any institution of higher education, regional educational laboratory, National Diffusion Network project, national research and development center, public or private nonprofit corporation, or any consortium thereof, that--
(i) has demonstrated experience, expertise and commitment in serving the educational needs of at-risk students; and
(ii) is, by virtue of its previous activities, knowledgeable about the unique needs and characteristics of the community to be served.
(B) The term "eligible community" means a unit of general purpose local government (such as a city, township, or village), a nonmetropolitan county, tribal village, or a geographically distinct area (such as a school district, school attendance area, ward, precinct or neighborhood), or any group of such entities that--
(i) has a population of not less than 200,000 and not more than 300,000; and
(ii) in which not less than one-half of the school-age children have family incomes which are below the poverty line, as determined by the 1990 United States Census, participation in the National School Lunch program, or other current, reliable data concerning family income.
(4) GOALS 2000 COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS.--Each learning grant institution receiving assistance under this subsection shall establish a Goals 2000 community partnership to carry out the activities authorized under this subsection. Such partnership--
(A) shall include the participation of one or more local educational agencies, institutions of higher education, community-based organizations, parents, teachers, and the business community;
(B) may include the participation of human, social service and health care agencies, Head Start and child care agencies, libraries, museums, employment and training agencies, and the State educational agency or tribal department of education; and
(C) shall be broadly representative of all segments of the community in which the activities will be carried out.
(5) COMPREHENSIVE GOALS 2000 PLAN.--Each Goals 2000 Community Partnership shall develop a comprehensive plan for assuring educational success and high achievement for all students in the community. Each such plan shall--
(A) adopt the National Education Goals;
(B) identify additional needs and goals for educational improvement within the community;
(C) focus on helping all students reach challenging content and student performance standards;
(D) be consistent with the State and local improvement plans for system-wide education improvement developed pursuant to title III;
(E) establish a comprehensive community-wide plan for achieving such goals; and
(F) develop a means for measuring the progress of the community in meeting such goals for improvement.
(6) IMPLEMENTATION OF COMMUNITY-WIDE PLAN.--Each Goals 2000 Community Partnership shall, utilizing the District Education Agent, provide assistance in implementing the community-wide plan for educational improvement by--
(A) supporting innovation, restructuring, and continuous improvement in educational practice by--
(i) disseminating information throughout the community about exemplary and promising educational programs, practices, products, and policies;
(ii) evaluating the effectiveness of federally funded educational programs within the community and identifying changes in such programs which are likely to improve student achievement;
(iii) identifying, selecting and replicating exemplary and promising educational programs, practices, products, and policies in both in- and out-of-school settings;
(iv) applying educational research to solve specific problems in the classroom, home and community which impede learning and student achievement; and
(v) supporting research and development by teachers, school administrators, and other practitioners which promise to improve teaching and learning and the organization of schools;
(B) improving the capacity of educators, school administrators, child care providers and other practitioners to prepare all students to reach challenging standards and to attain the goals set out in the comprehensive community-wide plan through such means as--
(i) the training of prospective and novice teachers (including preschool and early childhood educators) in a school setting under the guidance of master teachers and teacher educators;
(ii) training and other activities to promote the continued learning and professional development of experienced teachers, related services personnel, school administrators to assure that such teachers develop the subject matter and pedagogical expertise needed to prepare all students to reach challenging standards;
(iii) training and other activities to increase the ability of prospective, novice, and experienced teachers to teach effectively at-risk students, students with disabilities, students with limited-English proficiency, and students from diverse cultural backgrounds; and
(iv) programs to enhance teaching and classroom management skills, including school-based management skills, of novice, prospective, and experienced teachers;
(C) promoting the development of an integrated system of service delivery to children from birth through age 18 and their families by facilitating linkages and cooperation among--
(i) local educational agencies;
(ii) health and social services agencies and providers;
(iii) juvenile justice and criminal justice agencies;
(iv) providers of employment training; and
(v) child care, Head Start, and other early childhood agencies; and
(D) mobilizing the resources of the community in support of student learning and high achievement by facilitating effective partnerships and collaboration among--
(i) local educational agencies;
(ii) postsecondary educational institutions;
(iii) public libraries;
(iv) parents;
(v) community-based organizations, neighborhood associations, and other civic and community organizations;
(vi) child care, Head Start, and other early childhood agencies;
(vii) churches, synagogues and other religious institutions;
(viii) labor organizations; and
(ix) business and industry.
(7) ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS.--In carrying out its responsibilities under this subsection, each partnership receiving assistance under this subsection shall--
(A) appoint a District Education Agent who shall be responsible, on a full-time basis, for directing the implementation of the community-wide plan, who shall have significant experience and expertise in the field of education in--
(i) addressing the needs of at-risk students; and
(ii) conducting educational research and promoting the application of the results of such research to educational practice;
(B) provide for such other professional and support personnel as may be necessary to implement the community-wide plan under the direction of the District Education Agent; and
(C) coordinate the partnership's activities and work cooperatively with the National Diffusion Network State facilitators, regional educational laboratories, and other components of the Office to utilize most effectively Federal research, development, and dissemination resources in implementing the community- wide plan.
(8) APPLICATION FOR GRANTS.--Any eligible entity desiring a grant under this subsection shall submit an application to the Assistant Secretary at such time, in such manner, and accompanied by such information as the Assistant Secretary may reasonably require. Each such application shall--
(A) include a comprehensive plan for meeting the objectives and requirements of this subsection; and
(B) provide evidence of support for the application from local elected officials, the State educational agency, the local educational agency, parents, local community leaders, businesses, and other appropriate organizations.
(9) PRIORITY IN MAKING GRANTS; DURATION AND AMOUNT OF GRANT.--Each grant made under this subsection shall be--
(A) awarded on a competitive basis, with first priority given to those applications from communities with the greatest percentage of school-age children in families with poverty-level incomes;
(B) made for a 5-year period, with funding for the second and each succeeding year in such period conditioned upon a determination by the Assistant Secretary that the grant recipient has complied with the conditions of the grants during the previous year; and
(C) an amount equal to not less than $1,000,000 per year.
(10) LIMITATION OF ONE GRANT PER CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT.--Not more than one grant under this subsection shall be awarded within a single congressional district.
(11) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE; EVALUATIONS.--In administering the program authorized under this subsection, the Assistant Secretary shall, either directly or through grant or contract with an eligible nonprofit agency--
(A) upon request, provide technical assistance to eligible entities to assist in the development of a comprehensive community-wide plan to meet the requirements of this subsection and in the preparation of applications for assistance;
(B) regularly provide technical assistance to learning grant institutions receiving assistance under this subsection to assist with the development and implementation of the comprehensive community-wide plan for educational improvement;
(C) provide for an independent evaluation of the activities assisted under this subsection, including--
(i) the impact of the Goals 2000 Community Partnerships program on children and families within each community, including effects on the extent of educational achievement, rates of school retention and completion, and enrollment in postsecondary educational programs; and
(ii) whether an intensified effort to apply and utilize educational research within a limited geographic area significantly improves student learning and achievement; and
(D) plan for the expansion of the Goals 2000 Community Partnerships program throughout the remainder of the United States beginning in fiscal year 1999.
(j) TEACHER RESEARCH DISSEMINATION DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM.--
(1) FINDINGS.--The Congress finds that--
(A) education research, including research funded by the Office, is not having the impact on the schools of the United States that such research should;
(B) relevant education research and resulting solutions are not being adequately disseminated to and used by the teachers that need such research and solutions;
(C) there are insufficient linkages between the research and development centers assisted under this section, the regional educational laboratories described in subsection (h), the National Diffusion Network State facilitators, the Educational Resources Information Center Clearinghouses, the comprehensive technical assistance centers assisted under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, and the public schools to ensure that research on effective practice is disseminated and technical assistance provided to all teachers;
(D) the average teacher has little time to plan or engage in a professional dialogue with peers about strategies for improved learning;
(E) teachers do not have direct access to information systems or networks;
(F) teachers have little control over what inservice education teachers will be offered; and
(G) individual teachers are not encouraged to move beyond the walls of their school buildings to identify and use outside resources.
(2) ESTABLISHMENT.--
(A) IN GENERAL.--The Secretary is authorized to make grants to, and enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with, public and private agencies and organizations, including institutions of higher education, the regional education laboratories, and the research and development centers, or consortia thereof--
(i) to develop and carry out projects that demonstrate effective strategies for helping elementary and secondary education teachers, in both urban and rural areas, become knowledgeable about, assist in the design and use of, and use, education research, including education research carried out under this section; and
(ii) to develop, implement, and evaluate models for creation of teacher research dissemination networks.
(B) PRIORITY.--In awarding grants and entering into contracts and cooperative agreements under subparagraph (A) the Secretary shall give priority to entities that have received Federal funds for research and dissemination.
(3) APPLICATIONS.--
(A) IN GENERAL.--An entity desiring to receive assistance under this subsection shall submit an application to the Secretary in such form, at such time, and containing such information and assurances as the Secretary may require.
(B) Contents.--Each such application shall describe how the project described in the application--
(i) was developed with the active participation of elementary and secondary school teachers;
(ii) will include the continuing participation of elementary and secondary school teachers in the management of the project;
(iii) is organized around one or more significant research topics;
(iv) will involve collaboration with entities that have received Federal funds for research and dissemination; and
(v) will sustain over time teacher research dissemination networks after Federal funding for such networks terminates.
(4) USE OF FUNDS.--Funds provided under this subsection may be used--
(A) to train elementary and secondary education teachers (particularly new teachers) about the sources of education research findings, including research findings available through activities supported by the Office, and how to access and use such findings to improve the quality of instruction;
(B) to develop simple formats, both administrative and technological, that allow elementary and secondary education teachers easy access to and use of education research findings;
(C) to share strategies and materials;
(D) to support professional networks;
(E) to survey teacher needs in the areas of research and development; and
(F) for other activities designed to support elementary and secondary education teachers in becoming knowledgeable about, assisting in the design of, and using, educational research.
(5) STIPENDS.--The Secretary may provide for the payment of such stipends (including allowances for subsistence and other expenses for elementary and secondary teachers), as the Secretary determines to be appropriate, to teachers participating in the projects authorized under this subsection.
(6) COORDINATION.--Recipients of funds under this subsection shall, to the greatest extent possible, coordinate their activities with related activities under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
(7) REPORT.--The Secretary shall, within 5 years of the date of enactment of this Act, submit to the Congress a report on the effectiveness of activities assisted under this subsection.

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