Summary: H.R.1524 — 102nd Congress (1991-1992)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.1524. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (03/20/1991)

Student Counseling and Assistance Network Act of 1991 - Directs the Secretary of Education (the Secretary) to award two-year technical assistance grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to obtain specialized training for guidance counselors, teachers, and principals to counsel students about college opportunities, precollege requirements, college admissions procedures, and financial aid opportunities. Gives priority to LEAs serving school districts with significantly high proportions of students who do not continue on to higher education and who are educationally disadvantaged. Sets forth planning, evaluation, and reporting requirements.

Directs the Secretary to award grants to develop model programs for: (1) counseling students about college opportunities, precollege requirements, college admissions procedures, and financial aid opportunities, in ways designed or customized for use in specific geographic, social, and cultural environments; or (2) stimulating community partnerships with schools by providing tutoring, mentoring, work experiences, and other support services to make postsecondary education a realistic goal for all students. Gives priority to model programs directed at areas with a high proportion of minority, economically disadvantaged, or at-risk students. Sets forth requirements for: (1) either tailoring to a specific environment or community partnership with local businesses, labor organizations, or community groups; and (2) measurement of goals and outcomes.

Directs the Secretary to collect, and disseminate through the National Diffusion Network, information on: (1) successful programs for counseling students about college and for early intervention to help them stay in school and pursue postsecondary education; and (2) model programs for counseling students in specific environments and for community partnership support services to make postsecondary education a realistic goal.

Directs the Secretary to award a contract to establish and maintain: (1) a computerized database of all public and private student financial assistance programs, accessible to schools and libraries through modems or toll-free telephone lines; and (2) a toll-free information line to provide individualized student financial assistance information.

Directs the Secretary to encourage private nonprofit agencies and organizations to work with video producers to develop and deliver public service announcements and paid advertising messages encouraging economicaly disadvantaged, minority, or at-risk individuals to seek higher education and education and student aid counseling at public schools and libraries. Directs the Secretary to keep the appropriate congressional committees informed of such efforts and recommend any additional legislative authority to serve such purposes.

Sets forth administrative authority under this Act.

Authorizes appropriations for technical assistance grants, model program grants, dissemination activities, and the data base and information line.