20 U.S. Code § 9602 - Comprehensive centers

(a) Authorization
(1) In general
Subject to paragraph (2), beginning in fiscal year 2004, the Secretary is authorized to award not less than 20 grants to local entities, or consortia of such entities, with demonstrated expertise in providing technical assistance and professional development in reading, mathematics, science, and technology, especially to low-performing schools and districts, to establish comprehensive centers.
(2) Regions
In awarding grants under paragraph (1), the Secretary—
(A) shall ensure that not less than 1 comprehensive center is established in each of the 10 geographic regions served by the regional educational laboratories established under section 941(h) of the Educational Research, Development, Dissemination, and Improvement Act of 1994 (as such provision existed on the day before November 5, 2002); and
(B) after meeting the requirements of subparagraph (A), shall consider, in awarding the remainder of the grants, the school-age population, proportion of economically disadvantaged students, the increased cost burdens of service delivery in areas of sparse population, and the number of schools identified for school improvement (as described in section 1116(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6316 (b) [1] in the population served by the local entity or consortium of such entities.
(b) Eligible applicants
(1) In general
Grants under this section may be made with research organizations, institutions, agencies, institutions of higher education, or partnerships among such entities, or individuals, with the demonstrated ability or capacity to carry out the activities described in subsection (f) of this section, including regional entities that carried out activities under the Educational Research, Development, Dissemination, and Improvement Act of 1994 (as such Act existed on the day before November 5, 2002) and title XIII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (as such title existed on the day before January 8, 2002).
(2) Outreach
In conducting competitions for grants under this section, the Secretary shall actively encourage potential applicants to compete for such awards by making widely available information and technical assistance relating to the competition.
(3) Objectives and indicators
Before awarding a grant under this section, the Secretary shall design specific objectives and measurable indicators, using the results of the assessment conducted under section 9605 of this title, to be used to assess the particular programs or initiatives, and ongoing progress and performance, of the regional entities, in order to ensure that the educational needs of the region are being met and that the latest and best research and proven practices are being carried out as part of school improvement efforts.
(c) Application
(1) Submission
Each local entity, or consortium of such entities, seeking a grant under this section shall submit an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such additional information as the Secretary may reasonably require.
(2) Plan
Each application submitted under paragraph (1) shall contain a 5-year plan for carrying out the activities described in this section in a manner that addresses the priorities established under section 9606 of this title and addresses the needs of all States (and to the extent practicable, of local educational agencies) within the region to be served by the comprehensive center, on an ongoing basis.
(d) Allocation
Each comprehensive center established under this section shall allocate such center’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 center.
(e) Scope of work
Each comprehensive center established under this section shall work with State educational agencies, local educational agencies, regional educational agencies, and schools in the region where such center is located on school improvement activities that take into account factors such as the proportion of economically disadvantaged students in the region, and give priority to—
(1) schools in the region with high percentages or numbers of students from low-income families, as determined under section 1113(a)(5) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6313 (a)(5)), including such schools in rural and urban areas, and schools receiving assistance under title I of that Act (20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.);
(2) local educational agencies in the region in which high percentages or numbers of school-age children are from low-income families, as determined under section 1124(c)(1)(A) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6333 (c)(1)(A)), including such local educational agencies in rural and urban areas; and
(3) schools in the region that have been identified for school improvement under section 1116(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6316 (b)).
(f) Activities
(1) In general
A comprehensive center established under this section shall support dissemination and technical assistance activities by—
(A) providing training, professional development, and technical assistance regarding, at a minimum—
(i) the administration and implementation of programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.);
(ii) the use of scientifically valid teaching methods and assessment tools for use by teachers and administrators in, at a minimum—
(I) the core academic subjects of mathematics, science, and reading or language arts;
(II) English language acquisition; and
(III) education technology; and
(iii) the facilitation of communication between education experts, school officials, teachers, parents, and librarians, as appropriate; and
(B) disseminating and providing information, reports, and publications that are usable for improving academic achievement, closing achievement gaps, and encouraging and sustaining school improvement (as described in section 1116(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6316 (b))), to schools, educators, parents, and policymakers within the region in which the center is located; and
(C) developing teacher and school leader inservice and preservice training models that illustrate best practices in the use of technology in different content areas.
(2) Coordination and collaboration
Each comprehensive center established under this section shall coordinate its activities, collaborate, and regularly exchange information with the regional educational laboratory in the region in which the center is located, the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, the Office of the Secretary, the State service agency, and other technical assistance providers in the region.
(g) Comprehensive center advisory board
(1) Establishment
Each comprehensive center established under this section shall have an advisory board that shall support the priorities of such center.
(2) Duties
Each advisory board established under paragraph (1) shall advise the comprehensive center—
(A) concerning the activities described in subsection (d) of this section;
(B) on strategies for monitoring and addressing the educational needs of the region, on an ongoing basis;
(C) on maintaining a high standard of quality in the performance of the center’s activities; and
(D) on carrying out the center’s duties in a manner that promotes progress toward improving student academic achievement.
(3) Composition
(A) In general
Each advisory board shall be composed of—
(i) the chief State school officers, or such officers’ designees or other State officials, in each State served by the comprehensive center who have primary responsibility under State law for elementary and secondary education in the State; and
(ii) not more than 15 other members who are representative of the educational interests in the region served by the comprehensive center and are selected jointly by the officials specified in clause (i) and the chief executive officer of each State served by the comprehensive center, including the following:
(I) Representatives of local educational agencies and regional educational agencies, including representatives of local educational agencies serving urban and rural areas.
(II) Representatives of institutions of higher education.
(III) Parents.
(IV) Practicing educators, including classroom teachers, principals, and administrators.
(V) Representatives of business.
(VI) Policymakers, expert practitioners, and researchers with knowledge of, and experience using, the results of research, evaluation, and statistics.
(B) Special rule
In the case of a State in which the chief executive officer has the primary responsibility under State law for elementary and secondary education in the State, the chief executive officer shall consult, to the extent permitted by State law, with the State educational agency in selecting additional members of the board under subparagraph (A)(i).
(h) Report to Secretary
Each comprehensive center established under this section shall submit to the Secretary an annual report, at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require, which shall include the following:
(1) A summary of the comprehensive center’s activities during the preceding year.
(2) A listing of the States, local educational agencies, and schools the comprehensive center assisted during the preceding year.


[1]  So in original. Probably should be followed by a third closing parenthesis.

Source

(Pub. L. 107–279, title II, § 203,Nov. 5, 2002, 116 Stat. 1975.)
References in Text

The Educational Research, Development, Dissemination, and Improvement Act of 1994 (as such Act existed on the day before November 5, 2002), referred to in subsecs. (a)(2)(A) and (b)(1), is title IX of Pub. L. 103–227, Mar. 31, 1994, 108 Stat. 212, as amended, which was classified principally to subchapter IX (§ 6001 et seq.) of chapter 68 of this title and was substantially repealed by Pub. L. 107–279, title IV, § 403(2),Nov. 5, 2002, 116 Stat. 1985. Section 941(h) of the Act was classified to section 6041 (h) of this title prior to repeal. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see section 6001 of this title and Tables.
Title XIII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (as such title existed on the day before January 8, 2002), referred to in subsec. (b)(1), means title XIII of Pub. L. 89–10, as added by Pub. L. 103–382, title I, § 101,Oct. 20, 1994, 108 Stat. 3876, which was classified generally to subchapter XIII (§ 8601 et seq.) of chapter 70 of this title, prior to amendment by Pub. L. 107–110. Parts A to D of title XIII of Pub. L. 89–10, were classified to parts A (§ 8621 et seq.), B (§ 8651 et seq.), C (§ 8671 et seq.), and D (§ 8701 et seq.), respectively, of subchapter XIII of chapter 70 of this title, and were redesignated as parts K to N of title IX of Pub. L. 103–227, by Pub. L. 107–110, title X, §§ 1021(a), 1022 (a), 1023(a), 1024(a),Jan. 8, 2002, 115 Stat. 1987, transferred to parts G (§ 6053 et seq.), H (§ 6054 et seq.), I (§ 6055 et seq.), and J (§ 6056 et seq.), respectively, of subchapter IX of chapter 68 of this title, and subsequently repealed by Pub. L. 107–279, title IV, § 403(2),Nov. 5, 2002, 116 Stat. 1985.
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, referred to in subsecs. (e)(1) and (f)(1)(A)(i), is Pub. L. 89–10, Apr. 11, 1965, 79 Stat. 27, as amended, which is classified generally to chapter 70 (§ 6301 et seq.) of this title. Title I of the Act is classified generally to subchapter I (§ 6301 et seq.) of chapter 70 of this title. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 6301 of this title and Tables.
Termination of Advisory Boards

Advisory boards established after Jan. 5, 1973, to terminate not later than the expiration of the 2-year period beginning on the date of their establishment, unless, in the case of a board established by the President or an officer of the Federal Government, such board is renewed by appropriate action prior to the expiration of such 2-year period, or in the case of a board established by the Congress, its duration is otherwise provided for by law. See sections 3(2) and 14 ofPub. L. 92–463, Oct. 6, 1972, 86 Stat. 770, 776, set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees.

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