20 U.S. Code § 6363 - State formula grant applications

§ 6363.
State formula grant applications
(a) Applications
(1) In general

A State educational agency that desires to receive a grant under section 6362 of this title shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time and in such form as the Secretary may require. The application shall contain the information described in subsection (b) of this section.

(2) Special application provisions

For those State educational agencies that have received a grant under part C of title II (as such part was in effect on the day before January 8, 2002), the Secretary shall establish a modified set of requirements for an application under this section that takes into account the information already submitted and approved under that program and minimizes the duplication of effort on the part of such State educational agencies.

(b) ContentsAn application under this section shall contain the following:
(1) An assurance that the Governor of the State, in consultation with the State educational agency, has established a reading and literacy partnership described in subsection (d) of this section, and a description of how such partnership—
(A)
coordinated the development of the application; and
(B)
will assist in the oversight and evaluation of the State educational agency’s activities under this subpart.
(2)
A description, if applicable, of the State’s strategy to expand, continue, or modify activities authorized under part C of title II (as such part was in effect on the day before January 8, 2002).
(3)
An assurance that the State educational agency, and any local educational agencies receiving a subgrant from that State educational agency under section 6362 of this title, will, if requested, participate in the external evaluation under section 6365 of this title.
(4) A State educational agency plan containing a description of the following:
(A)
How the State educational agency will assist local educational agencies in identifying screening, diagnostic, and classroom-based instructional reading assessments.
(B)
How the State educational agency will assist local educational agencies in identifying instructional materials, programs, strategies, and approaches, based on scientifically based reading research, including early intervention and reading remediation materials, programs, and approaches.
(C) How the State educational agency will ensure that professional development activities related to reading instruction and provided under section 6362 of this title are—
(i)
coordinated with other Federal, State, and local level funds, and used effectively to improve instructional practices for reading; and
(ii)
based on scientifically based reading research.
(D)
How the activities assisted under section 6362 of this title will address the needs of teachers and other instructional staff in implementing the essential components of reading instruction.
(E)
How subgrants made by the State educational agency under section 6362 of this title will meet the requirements of section 6362 of this title, including how the State educational agency will ensure that eligible local educational agencies receiving subgrants under section 6362 of this title will use practices based on scientifically based reading research.
(F)
How the State educational agency will, to the extent practicable, make grants to eligible local educational agencies in both rural and urban areas.
(G)
How the State educational agency will build on, and promote coordination among literacy programs in the State (including federally funded programs such as programs under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act [29 U.S.C. 3271 et seq.], the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.], and subpart 2 of this part), to increase the effectiveness of the programs in improving reading for adults and children and to avoid duplication of the efforts of the program.
(H)
How the State educational agency will assess and evaluate, on a regular basis, eligible local educational agency activities assisted under section 6362 of this title, with respect to whether the activities have been effective in achieving the purposes of section 6362 of this title.
(I)
Any other information that the Secretary may reasonably require.
(c) Approval of applications
(1) In general

The Secretary shall approve an application of a State educational agency under this section only if such application meets the requirements of this section.

(2) Peer review
(A) In generalThe Secretary shall convene a panel to evaluate applications under this section. At a minimum, the panel shall include—
(i)
three individuals selected by the Secretary;
(ii)
three individuals selected by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences; and
(iii)
three individuals selected by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
(B) ExpertsThe panel shall include—
(i)
experts who are competent, by virtue of their training, expertise, or experience, to evaluate applications under this section;
(ii)
experts who provide professional development to individuals who teach reading to children and adults based on scientifically based reading research;
(iii)
experts who provide professional development to other instructional staff based on scientifically based reading research; and
(iv)
an individual who has expertise in screening, diagnostic, and classroom-based instructional reading assessments.
(C) Recommendations

The panel shall recommend grant applications from State educational agencies under this section to the Secretary for funding or for disapproval.

(d) Reading and literacy partnerships
(1) In general

For a State educational agency to receive a grant under section 6362 of this title, the Governor of the State, in consultation with the State educational agency, shall establish a reading and literacy partnership.

(2) Required participantsThe reading and literacy partnership shall include the following participants:
(A)
The Governor of the State.
(B)
The chief State school officer.
(C)
The chairman and the ranking member of each committee of the State legislature that is responsible for education policy.
(D)
A representative, selected jointly by the Governor and the chief State school officer, of at least one eligible local educational agency.
(E)
A representative, selected jointly by the Governor and the chief State school officer, of a community-based organization working with children to improve their reading skills, particularly a community-based organization using tutors and scientifically based reading research.
(F)
State directors of appropriate Federal or State programs with a strong reading component, selected jointly by the Governor and the chief State school officer.
(G)
A parent of a public or private school student or a parent who educates the parent’s child in the parent’s home, selected jointly by the Governor and the chief State school officer.
(H)
A teacher, who may be a special education teacher, who successfully teaches reading, and another instructional staff member, selected jointly by the Governor and the chief State school officer.
(I)
A family literacy service provider selected jointly by the Governor and the chief State school officer.
(3) Optional participantsThe reading and literacy partnership may include additional participants, who shall be selected jointly by the Governor and the chief State school officer, and who may include a representative of—
(A)
an institution of higher education operating a program of teacher preparation in the State that is based on scientifically based reading research;
(B)
a local educational agency;
(C)
a private nonprofit or for-profit eligible professional development provider providing instruction based on scientifically based reading research;
(D)
an adult education provider;
(E)
a volunteer organization that is involved in reading programs; or
(F)
a school library or a public library that offers reading or literacy programs for children or families.
(4) Preexisting partnership

If, before January 8, 2002, a State educational agency established a consortium, partnership, or any other similar body that was considered a reading and literacy partnership for purposes of part C of title II of this Act (as such part was in effect on January 8, 2002), that consortium, partnership, or body may be considered a reading and literacy partnership for purposes of this subsection consistent with the provisions of this subpart.

References in Text

Part C of title II (as such part was in effect on the day before January 8, 2002), referred to in subsecs. (a)(2), (b)(2), and (d)(4), means part C of title II of Pub. L. 89–10, as added by Pub. L. 105–277, div. A, § 101(f) [title VIII, § 101(a)(2)], Oct. 21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2681–337, 2681–391, as amended, which was classified generally to part C (§ 6661 et seq.) of subchapter II of this chapter prior to the general amendment of subchapter II by Pub. L. 107–110, title II, § 201, Jan. 8, 2002, 115 Stat. 1620.

The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, referred to in subsec. (b)(4)(G), is title II of Pub. L. 113–128, July 22, 2014, 128 Stat. 1608, which is classified generally to subchapter II (§ 3271 et seq.) of chapter 32 of Title 29, Labor. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 3101 of Title 29 and Tables.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, referred to in subsec. (b)(4)(G), is title VI of Pub. L. 91–230, Apr. 13, 1970, 84 Stat. 175, as amended, which is classified generally to chapter 33 (§ 1400 et seq.) of this title. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see section 1400 of this title and Tables.

Prior Provisions

A prior section 6363, Pub. L. 89–10, title I, § 1203, as added Pub. L. 103–382, title I, § 101, Oct. 20, 1994, 108 Stat. 3579; amended Pub. L. 105–277, div. A, § 101(f) [title VIII, § 204(b)], Oct. 21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2681–337, 2681–409; Pub. L. 106–554, § 1(a)(4) [div. B, title XVI, § 1604(f), (g)], Dec. 21, 2000, 114 Stat. 2763, 2763A–330, related to State Even Start programs, prior to the general amendment of this subchapter by Pub. L. 107–110. See section 6381b of this title.

A prior section 1203 of Pub. L. 89–10 was classified to section 2783 of this title, prior to the general amendment of Pub. L. 89–10 by Pub. L. 103–382.

Amendments

2014—Subsec. (c)(2)(A). Pub. L. 113–128 struck out “, in consultation with the National Institute for Literacy,” after “The Secretary” in introductory provisions, redesignated cls. (iii) and (iv) as (ii) and (iii), respectively, and struck out former cl. (ii) which read as follows: “three individuals selected by the National Institute for Literacy;”.

2007—Subsec. (c)(2)(A)(iv). Pub. L. 110–154 substituted “Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development” for “National Institute of Child Health and Human Development”.

Effective Date of 2014 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 113–128 effective on the first day of the first full program year after July 22, 2014 (July 1, 2015), see section 506 of Pub. L. 113–128, set out as an Effective Date note under section 3101 of Title 29, Labor.

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