Laws & Guidance ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION
Subpart 2 — Rural and Low-Income School Program

SEC. 6221. PROGRAM AUTHORIZED.

    (a) GRANTS TO STATES-

      (1) IN GENERAL- From amounts appropriated under section 6234 for this subpart for a fiscal year that are not reserved under subsection (c), the Secretary shall award grants (from allotments made under paragraph (2)) for the fiscal year to State educational agencies that have applications submitted under section 6223 approved to enable the State educational agencies to award grants to eligible local educational agencies for local authorized activities described in section 6222(a).

      (2) ALLOTMENT- From amounts described in paragraph (1) for a fiscal year, the Secretary shall allot to each State educational agency for that fiscal year an amount that bears the same ratio to those amounts as the number of students in average daily attendance served by eligible local educational agencies in the State for that fiscal year bears to the number of all such students served by eligible local educational agencies in all States for that fiscal year.

      (3) SPECIALLY QUALIFIED AGENCIES-

        (A) ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION- If a State educational agency elects not to participate in the program under this subpart or does not have an application submitted under section 6223 approved, a specially qualified agency in such State desiring a grant under this subpart may submit an application under such section directly to the Secretary to receive an award under this subpart.

        (B) DIRECT AWARDS- The Secretary may award, on a competitive basis or by formula, the amount the State educational agency is eligible to receive under paragraph (2) directly to a specially qualified agency in the State that has submitted an application in accordance with subparagraph (A) and obtained approval of the application.

        (C) SPECIALLY QUALIFIED AGENCY DEFINED- In this subpart, the term specially qualified agency' means an eligible local educational agency served by a State educational agency that does not participate in a program under this subpart in a fiscal year, that may apply directly to the Secretary for a grant in such year under this subsection.

    (b) LOCAL AWARDS-

      (1) ELIGIBILITY- A local educational agency shall be eligible to receive a grant under this subpart if —

        (A) 20 percent or more of the children ages 5 through 17 years served by the local educational agency are from families with incomes below the poverty line; and

        (B) all of the schools served by the agency are designated with a school locale code of 6, 7, or 8, as determined by the Secretary.

      (2) AWARD BASIS- A State educational agency shall award grants to eligible local educational agencies —

        (A) on a competitive basis;

        (B) according to a formula based on the number of students in average daily attendance served by the eligible local educational agencies or schools in the State; or

        (C) according to an alternative formula, if, prior to awarding the grants, the State educational agency demonstrates, to the satisfaction of the Secretary, that the alternative formula enables the State educational agency to allot the grant funds in a manner that serves equal or greater concentrations of children from families with incomes below the poverty line, relative to the concentrations that would be served if the State educational agency used the formula described in subparagraph (B).

    (c) RESERVATIONS- From amounts appropriated under section 6234 for this subpart for a fiscal year, the Secretary shall reserve--

      (1) one-half of 1 percent to make awards to elementary schools or secondary schools operated or supported by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, to carry out the activities authorized under this subpart; and

      (2) one-half of 1 percent to make awards to the outlying areas in accordance with their respective needs, to carry out the activities authorized under this subpart.

SEC. 6222. USES OF FUNDS.

    (a) LOCAL AWARDS- Grant funds awarded to local educational agencies under this subpart shall be used for any of the following:

      (1) Teacher recruitment and retention, including the use of signing bonuses and other financial incentives.

      (2) Teacher professional development, including programs that train teachers to utilize technology to improve teaching and to train special needs teachers.

      (3) Educational technology, including software and hardware, as described in part D of title II.

      (4) Parental involvement activities.

      (5) Activities authorized under the Safe and Drug-Free Schools program under part A of title IV.

      (6) Activities authorized under part A of title I.

      (7) Activities authorized under title III.

    (b) ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS- A State educational agency receiving a grant under this subpart may not use more than 5 percent of the amount of the grant for State administrative costs and to provide technical assistance to eligible local educational agencies.

SEC. 6223. APPLICATIONS.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Each State educational agency or specially qualified agency desiring to receive a grant under this subpart shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and accompanied by such information as the Secretary may require.

    (b) CONTENTS- At a minimum, each application submitted under subsection (a) shall include information on specific measurable goals and objectives to be achieved through the activities carried out through the grant, which may include specific educational goals and objectives relating to —

      (1) increased student academic achievement;

      (2) decreased student dropout rates; or

      (3) such other factors as the State educational agency or specially qualified agency may choose to measure.

SEC. 6224. ACCOUNTABILITY.

    (a) STATE REPORT- Each State educational agency that receives a grant under this subpart shall prepare and submit an annual report to the Secretary. The report shall describe —

      (1) the method the State educational agency used to award grants to eligible local educational agencies, and to provide assistance to schools, under this subpart;

      (2) how local educational agencies and schools used funds provided under this subpart; and

      (3) the degree to which progress has been made toward meeting the goals and objectives described in the application submitted under section 6223.

    (b) SPECIALLY QUALIFIED AGENCY REPORT- Each specially qualified agency that receives a grant under this subpart shall provide an annual report to the Secretary. Such report shall describe —

      (1) how such agency uses funds provided under this subpart; and

      (2) the degree to which progress has been made toward meeting the goals and objectives described in the application submitted under section 6223.

    (c) REPORT TO CONGRESS- The Secretary shall prepare and submit to the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate a biennial report. The report shall describe —

      (1) the methods the State educational agencies used to award grants to eligible local educational agencies, and to provide assistance to schools, under this subpart;

      local educational agencies and schools used funds provided under this subpart; and

      (3) the degree to which progress has been made toward meeting the goals and objectives described in the applications submitted under section 6223.

    (d) ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT ASSESSMENT- Each local educational agency or specially qualified agency that receives a grant under this subpart for a fiscal year shall administer an assessment that is consistent with section 1111(b)(3).

    (e) DETERMINATION REGARDING CONTINUING PARTICIPATION- Each State educational agency or specially qualified agency that receives a grant under this subpart shall —

      (1) after the third year that a local educational agency or specially qualified agency in the State receives funds under this subpart, and on the basis of the results of the assessments described in subsection (d) —

        (A) in the case of a local educational agency, determine whether the local educational agency made adequate yearly progress, as described in section 1111(b)(2); and

        (B) in the case of a specially qualified agency, submit to the Secretary information that would allow the Secretary to determine whether the specially qualified agency has made adequate yearly progress, as described in section 1111(b)(2);

      (2) permit only those local educational agencies or specially qualified agencies that made adequate yearly progress, as described in section 1111(b)(2), to continue to receive grants under this subpart; and

      (3) permit those local educational agencies or specially qualified agencies that failed to make adequate yearly progress, as described in section 1111(b)(2), to continue to receive such grants only if the State educational agency disbursed such grants to the local educational agencies or specially qualified agencies to carry out the requirements of section 1116.


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