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Fund for the Improvement of Education
(Title V, Part D, Subpart 1)
The Fund for the Improvement of Education (FIE) supports activities to promote systemic education reform at the State and local levels, recognition programs, scientifically based studies and evaluations of education reform strategies, activities to support Scholar-Athlete Games, programs to promote voter participation in American elections, demonstrations of the effectiveness of school district or school contracts with private management organizations to reform schools, and other programs that meet the purposes of the Act.
Changes from Current Law
Uses of funds - Updates the list of activities that are specifically authorized. Retains recognition programs, such as Blue Ribbon Schools, but also includes recognition programs for States, local educational agencies, and schools that have made the greatest progress in improving academic achievement for disadvantaged students and in closing the academic gap on academic assessments administered by the State under section 1111.
Applications - Specifies that applicants must establish clear objectives, based on scientifically based research, for their proposed programs and describe how they will meet those objectives.
Evaluations - Adds specific evaluation requirements for each award recipient and requires the Secretary to disseminate the evaluations.
Matching Funds - Permits the Secretary to require matching funds.
Required Studies - Requires the Secretary to conduct studies on unhealthy school buildings, the effects of exposure to violent entertainment, and sexual abuse in schools. The studies must be completed not later than 18 months after enactment of the Act.
Program Effectiveness - Requires the Secretary to ensure that programs are designed so that their effectiveness is readily ascertainable and is assessed using rigorous, scientifically based research and evaluations. Requires each recipient to base its program objectives on scientifically based research and to evaluate the effectiveness of its program in achieving those objectives.