20 U.S. Code § 7341a - Purpose
PurposeIt is the purpose of this part to address the unique needs of rural school districts that frequently—
lack the personnel and resources needed to compete effectively for Federal competitive grants; and
receive formula grant allocations in amounts too small to be effective in meeting their intended purposes.
Review Relating to Rural Local Educational Agencies
“(a)Review and Report.—Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act [Dec. 10, 2015], the Secretary of Education shall—
“(1) review the organization, structure, and process and procedures of the Department of Education for administering its programs and developing policy and regulations, in order to—
assess the methods and manner through which, and the extent to which, the Department of Education takes into account, considers input from, and addresses the unique needs and characteristics of rural schools and rural local educational agencies; and
determine actions that the Department of Education can take to meaningfully increase the consideration and participation of rural schools and rural local educational agencies in the development and execution of the processes, procedures, policies, and regulations of the Department of Education;
make public a preliminary report containing the information described in paragraph (1) and provide Congress and the public with 60 days to comment on the proposed actions described in paragraph (1)(B); and
issue a final report to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate, and the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the House of Representatives, which shall describe the final actions developed pursuant to paragraph (1)(B) after taking into account the comments submitted under paragraph (2).
“(b)Implementation.—Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act [Dec. 10, 2015], the Secretary of Education shall—
carry out each action described in the report under subsection (a)(3); or
in a case in which an action is not carried out, provide a written explanation to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate and the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the House of Representatives of why the action was not carried out.”
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