Text: H.R.3943 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (10/27/2009)


111th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3943

To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to allow members of the Armed Forces who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001, to be eligible to participate in the Troops-to-Teachers Program, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 27, 2009

Mr. Courtney (for himself, Mr. Petri, and Ms. Matsui) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to allow members of the Armed Forces who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001, to be eligible to participate in the Troops-to-Teachers Program, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

The Act may be cited as the “Post 9/11 Troops to Teachers Enhancement Act”.

SEC. 2. Years of service requirements; stipend.

(a) Years of service requirements.—Section 2303(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6673(a)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1)—

(A) by striking “or” at the end of subparagraph (B);

(B) by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (C) and inserting “; or”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following:

“(D) commencing on or after September 11, 2001, serves at least 90 continuous days on active duty (as such term is defined in section 101(d)(1) of title 10, United States Code, except that such term does not include a period of service described in paragraphs (1) through (3) of section 3311(d) of title 38, United States Code) in the Armed Forces (excluding service on active duty in entry level or skills training) and, after completion of such service, is discharged or released as follows:

“(i) A discharge from active duty in the Armed Forces with an honorable discharge.

“(ii) A release after service on active duty in the Armed Forces characterized by the Secretary concerned as honorable service and placement on the retired list, transfer to the Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps Reserve, or placement on the temporary disability retired list.

“(iii) A release from active duty in the Armed Forces for further service in a reserve component of the Armed Forces after service on active duty characterized by the Secretary concerned as honorable service.”; and

(2) in paragraph (2)(A)(i), by striking “6 or more years” and inserting “4 or more years”.

SEC. 3. Definition of local educational agency and public charter schools.

(a) Amendment.—Section 2304(a)(1)(B) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6674(a)(B)) is amended by striking “high-need local educational agency or public charter school, as such terms are defined in section 2101” and inserting “local educational agency receiving funding under part A of title I or public charter school (as such term is defined in section 2102)”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 4. Advisory Board.

Chapter A of subpart 1 of part C of title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“SEC. 2308. Advisory Board.

“(a) Establishment.—Not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of the Post 9/11 Troops to Teachers Enhancement Act, the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, shall establish an Advisory Board composed of—

“(1) a representative from the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support Division of the Department of Defense;

“(2) a representative from the Department of Innovation and Improvement of the Department of Education;

“(3) a representatives from 3 State offices that operate to recruit eligible members of the Armed Forces for participation in the Program and facilitating the employment of participants in the Program as elementary school teachers, secondary school teachers, and vocational or technical teachers; and

“(4) a representative from each of 3 veteran service organizations.

“(b) Duties.—The Advisory Board established under subsection (a) shall—

“(1) collect, consider, and disseminate feedback from participants and State offices described in subsection (a)(4) on—

“(A) the best practices for improving recruitment of eligible members of the Armed Forces in States, local educational agencies, and public charter schools under served by the Program;

“(B) ensuring that high-need local educational agencies and public charter schools are aware of the Program and how to participate in it;

“(C) coordinating the goals of the Program with other Federal, State, and local education needs and programs; and

“(D) other activities that the Advisory Board deems necessary; and

“(2) not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of the Post 9/11 Troops to Teachers Enhancement Act, and annually thereafter, prepare and submit a report to the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and the Armed Services Committee, of the Senate and the Education and Labor Committee, and the Armed Services Committee, of the House which shall include—

“(A) information with respect to the activities of the Advisory Board;

“(B) information with respect to the Program, including—

“(i) the number of participants in the Program;

“(ii) the number of States participating in the Program;

“(iii) local educational agencies and schools in where participants are employed;

“(iv) the grade levels at which participants teach;

“(v) the academic subjects taught by participants;

“(vi) rates of retention of participants by the local educational agencies and public charter schools employing participant;

“(vii) other demographic information as may be necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of the program; and

“(viii) a review of the stipend and bonus available to participants under subsections (c) and (d)(1) of section 2304; and

“(C) recommendations for—

“(i) improvements to local, State, and Federal recruitment and retention efforts;

“(ii) legislative or executive policy changes to improve the Program, enhance participant experience, and increase participation in the program; and

“(iii) other changes necessary to ensure that the Program is meeting the purpose described in section 2302(a).”.

SEC. 5. Authorization of appropriations.

Section 2321(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6691) is amended to read as follows:

“(b) Reservation.—From the funds appropriated to carry out this subpart for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014, the Secretary shall reserve $50,000,000 to carry out chapter A for each such fiscal year.”.