20 U.S. Code § 7321 - Local flexibility demonstration agreements

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(a) Authority
Except as otherwise provided in this division, the Secretary shall, on a competitive basis, enter into local flexibility demonstration agreements—
(1) with local educational agencies that submit approvable proposed agreements under subsection (c) of this section and that are selected under subsection (b) of this section; and
(2) under which those agencies may consolidate and use funds in accordance with section 7321a of this title.
(b) Selection of local educational agencies
(1) In general
Subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary shall enter into local flexibility demonstration agreements under this division with not more than 80 local educational agencies. Each local educational agency shall be selected on a competitive basis from among those local educational agencies that—
(A) submit a proposed local flexibility demonstration agreement under subsection (c) of this section to the Secretary and demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Secretary, that the agreement—
(i) has a substantial promise of assisting the local educational agency in meeting the State’s definition of adequate yearly progress, advancing the education priorities of the local educational agency, meeting the general purposes of the programs included under this division and the purposes of this part, improving student achievement, and narrowing achievement gaps in accordance with section 6311 (b) of this title;
(ii) meets the requirements of this division; and
(iii) contains a plan to consolidate and use funds in accordance with section 7321a of this title in order to meet the State’s definition of adequate yearly progress and the local educational agency’s specific, measurable goals for improving student achievement and narrowing achievement gaps; and
(B) have consulted and involved parents and other educators in the development of the proposed local flexibility demonstration agreement.
(2) Geographic distribution
(A) Initial agreements
The Secretary may enter into not more than three local flexibility demonstration agreements under this division with local educational agencies in each State that does not have a grant of flexibility authority under division A of this subpart.
(B) Urban and rural areas
If more than three local educational agencies in a State submit approvable local flexibility demonstration agreements under this division, the Secretary shall select local educational agencies with which to enter into such agreements in a manner that ensures an equitable distribution among such agencies serving urban and rural areas.
(C) Priority of States to enter into State flexibility demonstration agreements
Notwithstanding any other provision of this part, a local educational agency may not seek to enter into a local flexibility demonstration agreement under this division if that agency is located in a State for which the State educational agency—
(i) has, not later than 4 months after January 8, 2002, notified the Secretary of its intent to apply for a grant of flexibility authority under division A of this subpart and, within such period of time as the Secretary may establish, is provided with such authority by the Secretary; or
(ii) has, at any time after such period, been granted flexibility authority under division A of this subpart.
(c) Required terms of local flexibility demonstration agreement
Each local flexibility demonstration agreement entered into with the Secretary under this division shall contain each of the following terms:
(1) Duration
The local flexibility demonstration agreement shall be for a term of 5 years.
(2) Application of program requirements
The local flexibility demonstration agreement shall provide that no requirements of any program described in section 7321a of this title and included by a local educational agency in the scope of its agreement shall apply to that agency, except as otherwise provided in this division.
(3) List of programs
The local flexibility demonstration agreement shall list which of the programs described in section 7321a of this title are included in the scope of the agreement.
(4) Use of funds to improve student achievement
The local flexibility demonstration agreement shall contain a 5-year plan describing how the local educational agency intends to consolidate and use the funds from programs included in the scope of the agreement for any educational purpose authorized under this chapter to advance the education priorities of the local educational agency, meet the general purposes of the included programs, improve student achievement, and narrow achievement gaps in accordance with section 6311 (b) of this title.
(5) Local input
The local flexibility demonstration agreement shall contain an assurance that the local educational agency will provide parents, teachers, and representatives of schools with notice and an opportunity to comment on the proposed terms of the local flexibility demonstration agreement.
(6) Fiscal responsibilities
The local flexibility demonstration agreement shall contain an assurance that the local educational agency will use fiscal control and fund accounting procedures that will ensure proper disbursement of, and accounting for, Federal funds consolidated and used under the agreement.
(7) Civil rights
The local flexibility demonstration agreement shall contain an assurance that the local educational agency will meet the requirements of all applicable Federal civil rights laws in carrying out the agreement and in consolidating and using the funds under the agreement.
(8) Private school participation
The local flexibility demonstration agreement shall contain an assurance that the local educational agency agrees that in consolidating and using funds under the agreement—
(A) the local educational agency, will provide for the equitable participation of students and professional staff in private schools consistent with section 7881 of this title; and
(B) that sections 7882, 7883, and 7884 of this title shall apply to all services and assistance provided with such funds in the same manner as such sections apply to services and assistance provided in accordance with section 7881 of this title.
(9) Supplanting
The local flexibility demonstration agreement shall contain an assurance that the local educational agency will, for the duration of the grant of authority, use funds consolidated under section 7321a of this title only to supplement the amount of funds that would, in the absence of those Federal funds, be made available from non-Federal sources for the education of students participating in programs assisted with the consolidated funds, and not to supplant those funds.
(10) Annual reports
The local flexibility demonstration agreement shall contain an assurance that the local educational agency shall, not later than 1 year after the date on which the Secretary enters into the agreement, and annually thereafter during the term of the agreement, disseminate widely to parents and the general public, transmit to the Secretary, and the State educational agency for the State in which the local educational agency is located, distribute to print and broadcast media, and post on the Internet, a report that includes a detailed description of how the local educational agency used the funds consolidated under the agreement to improve student academic achievement and reduce achievement gaps.
(d) Peer review
The Secretary shall—
(1) establish a peer review process to assist in the review of proposed local flexibility demonstration agreements under this division; and
(2) appoint individuals to the peer review process who are representative of parents, teachers, State educational agencies, and local educational agencies, and who are familiar with educational standards, assessments, accountability, curriculum, instruction and staff development, and other diverse educational needs of students.
(e) Amendment to performance agreement
(1) In general
In each of the following circumstances, the Secretary shall amend a local flexibility demonstration agreement entered into with a local educational agency under this division:
(A) Reduction in scope of local flexibility demonstration agreement
Not later than 1 year after entering into a local flexibility demonstration agreement, the local educational agency seeks to amend the agreement to remove from the scope any program described in section 7321a of this title.
(B) Expansion of scope of local flexibility demonstration agreement
Not later than 1 year after entering into the local flexibility demonstration agreement, a local educational agency seeks to amend the agreement to include in its scope any additional program described in section 7321a of this title  [1] or any additional achievement indicators for which the local educational agency will be held accountable.
(2) Approval and disapproval
(A) Deemed approval
A proposed amendment to a local flexibility demonstration agreement pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be deemed to be approved by the Secretary unless the Secretary makes a written determination, prior to the expiration of the 120-day period beginning on the date on which the Secretary received the proposed amendment, that the proposed amendment is not in compliance with this division.
(B) Disapproval
The Secretary shall not finally disapprove the proposed amendment, except after giving the local educational agency notice and an opportunity for a hearing.
(C) Notification
If the Secretary finds that the proposed amendment is not in compliance, in whole or in part, with this division, the Secretary shall—
(i) give the local educational agency notice and an opportunity for a hearing; and
(ii) notify the local educational agency of the finding of noncompliance and, in such notification, shall—
(I) cite the specific provisions in the proposed amendment that are not in compliance; and
(II) request additional information, only as to the noncompliant provisions, needed to make the proposed amendment compliant.
(D) Response
If the local educational agency responds to the Secretary’s notification described in subparagraph (C)(ii) during the 45-day period beginning on the date on which the agency received the notification, and resubmits the proposed amendment with the requested information described in subparagraph (C)(ii)(II), the Secretary shall approve or disapprove such proposed amendment prior to the later of—
(i) the expiration of the 45-day period beginning on the date on which the proposed amendment is resubmitted; or
(ii) the expiration of the 120-day period described in subparagraph (A).
(E) Failure to respond
If the local educational agency does not respond to the Secretary’s notification described in subparagraph (C)(ii) during the 45-day period beginning on the date on which the agency received the notification, such proposed amendment shall be deemed to be disapproved.
(3) Treatment of program funds withdrawn from agreement
Beginning on the effective date of an amendment executed under paragraph (1)(A), each program requirement of each program removed from the scope of a local flexibility demonstration agreement shall apply to the use of funds made available under the program by the local educational agency.


[1]  See References in Text note below.

Source

(Pub. L. 89–10, title VI, § 6151, as added Pub. L. 107–110, title VI, § 601,Jan. 8, 2002, 115 Stat. 1884.)
References in Text

Section 7321a of this title, referred to in subsec. (e)(1)(B), was in the original “section 6251”, meaning section 6251 ofPub. L. 89–10, which was translated as reading section 6152 of that Act to reflect the probable intent of Congress, because that Act does not contain a section 6251, andsection 6152 of that Act describes programs.

 

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