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Introduced in House (05/05/2010)


111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5211

To strengthen families’ engagement in the education of their children.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 5, 2010

Mrs. McCarthy of New York (for herself and Mr. Platts) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor


A BILL

To strengthen families’ engagement in the education of their children.

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

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Family Engagement in Education Act of 2010”.

SEC. 2. Table of contents.

The table of contents for this Act is as follows:


Sec. 1. Short title.

Sec. 2. Table of contents.

Sec. 3. Findings; purpose.

Sec. 4. Amendment references.

Sec. 5. State support of family engagement in education.

Sec. 6. State plans.

Sec. 7. Local educational agency plans.

Sec. 8. Family engagement in education policy.

Sec. 9. Prevention and intervention programs for children and youth who are neglected, delinquent, or at risk.

Sec. 10. High quality teachers and principals.

Sec. 11. Subpart 16 reference.

Sec. 12. Family engagement in education programs.

Sec. 13. Definitions.

Sec. 14. Conforming amendments.

Sec. 15. General Accountability Office study and report.

Sec. 16. Federal coordination of family engagement in education programming.

SEC. 3. Findings; purpose.

(a) Findings.—The Congress finds the following:

(1) Family engagement in a child’s education raises student achievement, improves behavior and attendance, decreases drop-out rates, and improves the emotional and physical well-being of children.

(2) Families are critical determinants of children’s school readiness as well as of students’ decision to pursue higher education.

(3) Effective family engagement is a great equalizer for students, contributing to their increased academic achievement, regardless of parents’ education level, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background.

(4) Family engagement can raise student academic achievement so substantially that schools would need to increase spending by more than $1,000 per pupil to gain the same results.

(5) Positive benefits for children, youth, families, and schools are maximized through effective family engagement that is—

(A) a shared responsibility in which schools and other community agencies and organizations are committed to reaching out to engage families in meaningful ways and families are committed to actively supporting their children’s learning and development;

(B) continuous across a child’s life spanning from birth to young adulthood; and

(C) reinforces learning that takes place in all settings.

(b) Purpose.—The purpose of this Act is to strengthen families’ engagement in the education of their children.

SEC. 4. Amendment references.

Except as otherwise expressly provided, whenever in this title an amendment or repeal is expressed in terms of an amendment to, or repeal of, a section or other provision, the reference shall be considered to be made to a section or other provision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.).

SEC. 5. State support of family engagement in education.

(a) In general.—Title I (20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.) is amended by adding after section 1004 the following new section:

“SEC. 1005. State support of family engagement in education.

“(a) Allocation of reserved funds to States.—Funds reserved under section 5731(c)(2)(B) shall be allocated to the States on the basis of the allocation formula set forth in section 1122.

“(b) Uses of funds.—A State shall administer and expend funds received under subsection (a) to provide for—

“(1) establishment of an Office within the State educational agency, or staff positions within such agency, dedicated to family engagement;

“(2) development and implementation of statewide data collection and evaluation system on family engagement metrics to identify schools that would benefit from training and support related to family engagement;

“(3) review of local educational agencies’ family engagement policies and practices as provided by sections 1112(e)(3) and 1118(h), and evaluate the use of funds under this subsection;

“(4) award of grants to local educational agencies with schools that would benefit from training and support related to family engagement;

“(5) award of grants to local educational agencies for professional staff development in family engagement in education;

“(6) award of grants to Statewide Family Engagement Centers operating in the State for technical assistance and training to State educational agencies, local educational agencies, schools, community-based organizations, or parent organizations; and

“(7) engagement and collaboration with statewide services related to early education, higher education, child health and welfare, after-school programs, community service-learning programs, and other programs to develop coordinated family engagement policies, practices and services.”.

(b) Conforming amendment.—The table of contents for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 is amended by adding after the item relating to section 1004 the following:


“Sec. 1005. State support of family engagement in education.”.

SEC. 6. State plans.

(a) In general.—Section 1111(d) (20 U.S.C. 6311(d)) is amended to read as follows:

“(d) Family engagement.—Each State plan shall include a plan for strengthening family engagement in education. Each such plan shall at a minimum include—

“(1) a description of the criteria and schedule for review and approval of local educational agency engagement policies and practices pursuant to sections 1112(e)(3) and 1118(h);

“(2) a description of the system and process for assessing local educational agency implementation of section 1118 responsibilities;

“(3) a description of the criteria for identifying local education agencies that would benefit from training and support related to family engagement;

“(4) a description of the State’s statewide system of technical assistance and support for local education agencies and schools on family engagement in education;

“(5) an assurance that the State shall refer to Statewide Family Engagement Centers those local education agencies that would benefit from training and support related to family engagement;

“(6) a plan for using funds received under section 1005;

“(7) a description of the relationship between the State education agency and Statewide Family Engagement Centers, Parent Training and Information Centers, and Community Parent Resource Centers operating in the State; and

“(8) a strategy to establish a Family Engagement Coordinating Council, or if a similar entity exists, a description of the composition and activities of such Family Engagement Coordinating Council or such similar entity.”.

(b) Reports.—

(1) ANNUAL STATE REPORT.—Section 1111(h)(4) (20 U.S.C. 6311(h)(4)) is amended—

(A) by striking “and” at the end of the subparagraph (F);

(B) by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (G) and inserting a semicolon; and

(C) by adding at the end the following:

“(H) information on the number of schools and the name of each school that would benefit from training and support related to family engagement, the reason why such school was so identified, and the measures taken to address the need for training and support; and

“(I) information on the State education agency’s family engagement in education programs and activities.”.

(2) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.—Section 1111(j) (20 U.S.C. 6311(j)) is amended by inserting “advice and assistance in family engagement in education,” after “reliable,”.

SEC. 7. Local educational agency plans.

(a) In general.—Section 1112(b)(1)(P) (20 U.S.C. 6312(b)(1)(P)) is amended to read as follows:

“(P) a description of the strategy the local educational agency will use to implement and assess family engagement in education under section 1118;”.

(b) Engagement in developing plans.—Section 1112(b)(1) (20 U.S.C. 6312(b)(1)) is amended—

(1) by redesignating subparagraph (Q) as subparagraph (R); and

(2) by inserting after subparagraph (P), the following:

“(Q) a description of how the local educational agency will engage families in the development, implementation, and assessment of local educational agency plans; and”.

SEC. 8. Family engagement in education policy.

(a) Local educational agency development of policies and practices.—Section 1118 (20 U.S.C. 6318) is amended—

(1) by redesignating subsections (a) through (h) as subsections (b) through (i), respectively;

(2) by inserting before subsection (b) (as so redesignated) the following:

“(a) In general.—Each local educational agency and each school receiving funds under this part shall develop family engagement policies and practices that meet the following principles and standards for family-school partnerships:

“(1) Welcome all families to be active participants in the life of the school, so that they feel valued, connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning in class.

“(2) Communicate effectively by ensuring regular two-way, meaningful communication between family members and local educational agency and school staff in a manner, language, and mode of technology that family members can understand and access.

“(3) Support student success by fostering continuous collaboration between family members and local educational agency and school staff to support student learning and healthy development at school and at home.

“(4) Speak up for every child and empower family members to be advocates for all students within the school.

“(5) Share power and assure that family members, local educational agencies, and school staff are equal partners in family engagement decisionmaking.

“(6) Collaborate with community and partner with community organizations and groups to turn the school into a hub of community life.

“(7) Create a continuum of family engagement in student learning and development from cradle to career.

“(8) Train and support superintendents, principals, and teachers to fully engage families in the education of their children.”.

(b) Written policy.—Section 1118(b)(2) (as redesignated by subsection (a)) is amended—

(1) in subparagraph (C), by striking “(e)” and inserting “(f)”;

(2) by striking “and” at the end of subparagraph (E);

(3) by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (F) and inserting a semicolon; and

(4) by adding at the end the following:

“(G) participate in evaluating the effectiveness of family engagement strategies and policies; and

“(H) participate in developing recommendations for creating a positive school climate and safe and healthy schools.”.

(c) Reservation.—Subparagraph (A) of paragraph 1118(b)(3) (as redesignated by subsection (a)) is amended to read as follows:

“(A) IN GENERAL.—Each local educational agency shall reserve not less than 2 percent of such agency’s allocation under subpart 2 to carry out this section.”.

(d) Reserved funds.—Paragraph 1118(b)(3) (as redesignated by subsection (a)) is amended—

(1) by redesignating subparagraphs (B) and (C) as subparagraphs (C) and (D), respectively; and

(2) by inserting after subparagraph (A) the following:

“(B) USE OF FUNDS.—Funds reserved under subparagraph (A) may be used for purposes including—

“(i) increasing capacity though establishment of a dedicated office or dedicated personnel within the local educational agency for family engagement;

“(ii) incentive grants to schools and non-profit organizations to support professional development on family engagement for school staff, parent leadership training, family literacy programs, home visitation programs, family volunteerism programs, and other innovative programs that meaningfully engage families;

“(iii) development and implementation of local educational agency family engagement in education data collection system and indicators;

“(iv) assess and provide recommendations on school family engagement in education policies, practices, and use of funds;

“(v) grants to Statewide Family Engagement Centers to provide technical assistance and training to schools on implementation and assessment of family engagement in education policies, practices, and use of funds;

“(vi) incentive grants to schools that would benefit from training and support related to family engagement or schools identified for improvement under section 1116(b) to assist in their implementation of family engagement consistent with section 1118, including the hiring and maintenance of family engagement coordinators;

“(vii) grants to nonprofit organizations for the establishment of Local Family Engagement Centers to identify community resources, services, and supports and to remove economic obstacles to family engagement by meeting families’ needs;

“(viii) incentive grants to schools and local nonprofit organizations for early childhood programs that promote family engagement and school readiness;

“(ix) establishment and support of an advisory group comprised of families, educators, and nonprofit organizations to develop recommendations to strengthen family engagement along the child and youth life span and in all learning settings;

“(x) grants to schools to develop, implement and assess family engagement policies, practices, and uses of funds in all learning settings and across all education programs; and

“(xi) development and implementation of research and evaluation focused on family engagement policies, practices, and innovation, including implementation, replication, and impact studies.”.

(e) School parental involvement policy.—The first sentence of paragraph (1) of subsection 1118(c) (as redesignated by subsection (a)) is amended by striking “(c) through (f)” and inserting “(d) through (g)”.

(f) Policy involvement.—Paragraph (5) of subsection 1118(d) (as redesignated by subsection (a)) is amended by striking “1114(b)(2)” and inserting “1114(c)(2)”.

(g) Shared responsibility for high student academic achievement.—Section 1118(e) (as redesignated by subsection (a)) is amended—

(1) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking “(b)” and inserting “(c)”; and

(2) by amending paragraph (1) to read as follows:

“(1) describe the school’s responsibility to—

“(A) provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the children served under this part to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards, and the ways in which each parent will support their children’s learning, such as monitoring attendance and homework completion; volunteering in their child’s classroom; and participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children and positive use of extracurricular time; and

“(B) engage family members in the development and recommendations for student attendance, expectations, behavior and school safety, including the development of reasonable disciplinary policies for the implementation of school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and the phase-out of out-of-school suspension and expulsion; and”.

SEC. 9. Prevention and intervention programs for children and youth who are neglected, delinquent, or at risk.

(a) State plan and State agency applications.—Section 1414 (20 U.S.C. 6434) is amended—

(1) in subsection (a)(1)—

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

(B) by redesignating subparagraph (C) as subparagraph (D); and

(C) by inserting after subparagraph (B) the following:

“(C) to prepare an educational services and transition plan for each child or youth served by the program, in partnership with families and aftercare providers; and”; and

(2) in subsection (c)—

(A) by redesignating paragraphs (15) through (19) as paragraphs (17) through (21); and

(B) by inserting after paragraph (14) the following:

“(15) describes how the State agency will implement family engagement policies and practices that align with the provisions of section 1118;

“(16) provides an assurance that the State agency will establish for each child or youth served under this subpart an educational services and transition plan that is developed in consultation with the child or youth, family members of the child or youth, and the local educational agency or alternative education program receiving the child or youth following their period of service under this subpart;”.

(b) Local educational agency applications.—Section 1423 (20 U.S.C. 6453) is amended—

(1) by redesignating paragraphs (9) through (13) as paragraphs (11) through (15), respectively; and

(2) by inserting after paragraph (8) the following:

“(9) a description of how schools will implement family engagement policies and practices that align with the provisions of section 1118;

“(10) an assurance that the State agency will establish for each child or youth served under this subpart an educational services and transition plan that is developed in consultation with the child or youth, family members of the child or youth, and the local educational agency or alternative education program receiving the child or youth following their period of service under this subpart;”.

(c) Program requirements for correctional facilities receiving funds under this section.—Section 1425 (20 U.S.C. 6455) is amended—

(1) by striking “and” at the end of paragraph (10);

(2) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (11) and inserting a semicolon; and

(3) by inserting after paragraph (11) the following:

“(12) prepare an educational services and transition plan for each child or youth served by the program, in partnership with families and aftercare providers, consistent with section 1414(a)(1)(C); and

“(13) establish for each child or youth served an educational services and transition plan that is developed in consultation with the child or youth, family members of the child or youth, and the local educational agency or alternative education program receiving the child or youth following their period of service under their subpart.”.

SEC. 10. High quality teachers and principals.

(a) State application contents.—Section 2112(b) (20 U.S.C. 6612(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(13) A description of how the State educational agency will improve teacher and principal knowledge and skill in effectively engaging families in their children’s education.”.

(b) State activities.—Section 2113(c) (20 U.S.C. 6613(c)) is amended—

(1) by redesignating paragraphs (12) through (18) as paragraphs (13) through (19), respectively; and

(2) by inserting after paragraph (11) the following:

“(12) Training of teachers and principals on how to effectively engage families in their children’s education.”.

SEC. 11. Subpart 16 reference.

Subpart 16 of part D of title V (20 U.S.C. 7273 et seq.) is amended to read as follows:

“subpart 16Statewide Family Engagement Centers

“SEC. 5561. Reference to part E.

“For provisions relating to Statewide Family Engagement Centers, see section 5712.”.

SEC. 12. Family engagement in education programs.

(a) Heading.—The heading for title V is amended to read as follows:

“TITLE VPromoting Family Engagement in Education and Innovative Programs”.

(b) Family engagement.—Title V (20 U.S.C. 7201 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“PART EFamily Engagement in Education Programs

“SEC. 5701. Purposes.

“The purposes of this part are the following:

“(1) To establish State Family Engagement Coordinating Councils to assure coordination of family engagement activities.

“(2) To enhance and strengthen family engagement in the education and development of their children through Statewide Family Engagement Centers.

“(3) To provide grants to local non-profit parent organizations to fund demonstration projects of Local Family Engagement Centers.

“subpart 1State Family Engagement Efforts

“SEC. 5711. State family engagement coordinating councils.

“(a) In general.—Each State educational agency shall establish a State Family Engagement Coordinating Council to assure coordination and integration of family engagement activities across the education spectrum.

“(b) Funding.—From the sums appropriated to carry out this part, and not otherwise reserved, the Secretary shall make grants in the amount of $100,000 to each State (or such lesser sum, that is available from appropriated funds, allocated equally among the States) for the purpose of establishing and funding the Coordinating Council.

“(c) Reporting responsibility.—Each State Coordinating Council shall report to the Governor of each State and to the Chief State School Officer the Council’s findings and recommendations regarding family engagement in education and such other information as the Governor may request.

“(d) Appointment of members.—The Governor of the State, in consultation with the State educational agency, shall determine the number of members to serve on the Council, their term of office, and appoint such members, initially, for a full term or for a period of less than a full term, as the Governor deems appropriate. Such members shall include representatives of—

“(1) State educational agency programs, Statewide Family Engagement Centers, and Local Family Engagement Centers operating in the State;

“(2) parent training and information centers operating in the State, as established by the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.);

“(3) community parent resource centers operating in the State;

“(4) the State parent teacher association and other parent groups;

“(5) family members, students, teachers and school administrators;

“(6) the State’s advisory council on early childhood education and care;

“(7) colleges and universities; and

“(8) non-profit organizations and State governmental agencies serving children and families.

Not more than 50 percent of such members shall be employees of a State or local unit of government.

“(e) Duties of the Council.—Duties of the Council shall include the following and such other duties as the Governor may specify:

“(1) Establish a statewide vision of family engagement in education that is consistent with, and leverages federal family engagement in education resources and initiatives.

“(2) Assure consistency in family engagement in education policies and practices across learning settings along the child and youth life span.

“(3) Coordinate Federal, State, and local family engagement in education programs and activities.

“(4) Coordinate family engagement in education programs and activities across early childhood, school-age, vocational and technical, and higher education programs.

“(5) Identify opportunities for family engagement in education collaboration and resource sharing among State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and organizations that support family-school partnerships.

“(6) Review the family engagement in education component of the State educational agency State Plan prepared under section 1111(d) and submit to the State educational agency and to the Governor, any recommendations of the Council for modifications to the plan.

“(7) Visit local educational agencies, schools, and other learning settings to support quality assurance for family engagement in education policies, practices, and uses of funds.

“SEC. 5712. Statewide Family Engagement Centers.

“(a) Purposes.—The purposes of this section are the following:

“(1) To provide statewide leadership, capacity building, technical assistance, and training to State and local educational agencies, including personnel of such agencies, to help the organizations and agencies implement systemic and effective family engagement policies, programs, and activities that lead to improvements in student academic achievement.

“(2) To assist State and local educational agencies in strengthening partnerships among parents (including parents of children under the age of 6), teachers, principals, administrators, and other school personnel in meeting the educational needs of children.

“(3) To support State and local educational agencies to develop and strengthen the relationship between parents and their children’s school in order to further the development progress of children.

“(4) To coordinate activities funded under this section with family engagement initiatives funded under section 1118 and other provisions of this Act.

“(5) To assist the State educational agency in the coordination and integration of Federal, State, and local services and programs.

“(b) Grants authorized.—

“(1) STATEWIDE FAMILY ENGAGEMENT CENTERS.—The Secretary is authorized to award grants in each fiscal year to statewide nonprofit organizations (and consortia of such organizations and State educational agencies, to establish Statewide Family Engagement Centers that provide comprehensive training, technical assistance, and capacity building to State educational agencies, local educational agencies, schools identified by State and local educational agencies, and organizations that support family-school partnerships (such as parent-teacher associations and Parents as Teachers organizations), and other organizations that carry out parent education and family engagement programs.

“(2) GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION.—In awarding grants under this section, the Secretary shall, to the extent practicable, ensure that a grant is awarded for a Statewide Family Engagement Center in each State and territory and shall be an amount of not less than $500,000.

“(c) Applications.—

“(1) SUBMISSIONS.—Each statewide nonprofit organization, or a consortia of such an organization and a State educational agency that desires a grant under this section shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and accompanied by such information as the Secretary may require.

“(2) CONTENTS.—Each application submitted under subsection (c)(1), at a minimum, shall include the following:

“(A) A description of the organization or consortium’s approach to family engagement in education, including the use of strength-based strategies.

“(B) A description of the organization or consortium’s plan for building a statewide infrastructure for family engagement in education, to include the following areas:

“(i) management capacity and governance;

“(ii) statewide leadership;

“(iii) systemic services for family engagement in education;

“(iv) capacity building for State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and schools;

“(v) alignment with title I of this Act; and

“(vi) learning and improvement.

“(C) A description of the organization’s or consortium’s experience in providing training, information, and support to State educational agencies, local educational agencies, schools, and nonprofit organizations on family engagement in education policies and practices that are suited for family members who are severely disadvantaged educationally or economically or are family members of limited English proficient children.

“(D) Assurances that the organization or consortium will—

“(i) be—

“(I) governed by a board of directors the membership of which includes parents; or

“(II) be an organization or consortium that represents the interests of parents;

“(ii) establish a special advisory committee the membership of which includes—

“(I) parents of children from birth through young adulthood, who shall constitute a majority of the members of the special advisory committee;

“(II) representatives of the State parent teacher association;

“(III) representatives of education professionals with expertise in improving services for disadvantaged children;

“(IV) representatives of local elementary and secondary schools, including students and representatives from local youth organizations; and

“(V) representatives of State educational agencies and local educational agencies;

“(iii) use at least 65 percent of the funds received under this subpart in each fiscal year to serve local educational agencies, schools, and community-based organizations that serve high concentrations of low-income families, in order to serve parents who are severely educationally or economically disadvantaged or are parents of minority and limited English proficient children;

“(iv) operate a center of sufficient size, scope, and quality to ensure that the center is adequate to serve the State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and community-based organizations;

“(v) serve urban, suburban, and rural local educational agencies and schools;

“(vi) network with—

“(I) State and local educational agencies and schools;

“(II) Statewide Family Engagement Centers assisted under this section;

“(III) parent training and information centers assisted under section 682 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act;

“(IV) clearinghouses; and

“(V) other organizations and agencies;

“(vii) use at least 30 percent of the funds received under this section in each fiscal year to establish, expand, or provide technical assistance to scientifically based early childhood parent education programs;

“(viii) provide assistance to State and local educational agencies and community-based organizations that support family members in areas such as understanding State and local standards and measures of student and school academic achievement and strategies for supporting school academic achievement; and

“(ix) work with State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and schools to determine parental needs and the best means for delivery of services.

“(d) Uses of funds.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Grant funds received under this section shall be used to provide training, technical assistance, and capacity building to State educational agencies, local educational agencies and organizations that support family-school partnerships to enable them—

“(A) to assist parents in participating effectively in their children’s education and to help their children meet State and local standards, such as assisting parents—

“(i) engage in activities that will improve student academic achievement, including understanding how they can support learning in the classroom with activities at home, in afterschool and extracurricular programs;

“(ii) to communicate effectively with teachers, principals, counselors, administrators, and other school personnel;

“(iii) to become active participants in the development, implementation, and review of school-parent compacts, family engagement policies, and school planning and improvement;

“(iv) to participate in the design and provision of assistance to students who are not making adequate academic progress;

“(v) to participate in State and local decisionmaking;

“(vi) to train other parents;

“(vii) to help the parents learn and use technology applied in their children’s education;

“(B) to develop and implement, in partnership with the State Education Agency, a statewide family engagement policy and systemic initiatives that will provide for a continuum of services to remove barriers for family engagement in education and support school reform efforts; and

“(C) to develop, implement, and assess family engagement in education policies and plans under section 1112 and 1118.

“(e) Administrative provisions.—

“(1) MATCHING FUNDS FOR GRANT RENEWAL.—For each fiscal year after the first fiscal year in which an organization or consortium receives assistance under this section, the organization or consortium shall demonstrate in the application submitted for such fiscal year, that a portion of the services provided by the organization or consortium is supported through non-Federal contributions, which contributions may be in cash or in-kind.

“(2) SUBMISSION OF INFORMATION.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—Each organization or consortium receiving assistance under this section shall submit to the Secretary, on an annual basis, information concerning family centers assisted under this section, including the following information:

“(i) The number of State and local educational agency personnel, local education agencies, schools, and community-based organizations, that receive training.

“(ii) The types and modes of training, technical assistance, and capacity building provided under this section.

“(iii) Summative information on the activities taken by the organization or consortium to improve statewide capacity building for effective family engagement in the areas of—

“(I) management capacity and governance;

“(II) statewide leadership;

“(III) systemic services for family engagement in education;

“(IV) capacity-building for State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and schools;

“(V) alignment with title I of this Act;

“(VI) learning and improvement.

“(B) DISSEMINATION.—The Secretary shall disseminate annually to the Congress and to the public the information that each organization or consortium submits under subparagraph (A).

“(3) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.—The Secretary shall provide technical assistance, by grant or contract, for the establishment, development, and coordination of Statewide Family Engagement Centers, including their establishment of statewide infrastructures for family engagement in education.

“(4) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit a parental information and resource center from—

“(A) having its employees or agents meet with a parent at a site that is not on school grounds; or

“(B) working with another agency that serves children.

“(5) PARENTAL RIGHTS.—Notwithstanding any other provision of this section—

“(A) no person (including a parent who educates a child at home, a public school parent, or a private school parent) shall be required to participate in any program of parent education or developmental screening under this section; and

“(B) no program or center assisted under this section shall take any action that infringes in any manner on the right of a parent to direct the education of their children.

“subpart 2Local Family Engagement Centers

“SEC. 5721. Demonstration.

“(a) Purpose.—The purpose of this section is to demonstrate Local Family Engagement Centers and to evaluate the usefulness and effectiveness of innovative approaches demonstrated by these centers in engaging families in their children’s education by providing training, services, supports, and opportunities that meet families needs and remove barriers to their engagement in their children’s education to improve student achievement.

“(b) Grant.—Of the amount made available to carry out this section for a fiscal year, the Secretary is authorized to award 90 percent of such amount as grants to, and enter into contracts and cooperative agreements with, local nonprofit parent organizations to develop concepts for Local Family Engagement Centers, Create such a center and demonstrate the center for such period of time as the Secretary shall prescribe.

“(c) Local nonprofit parent organization defined.—In this section, the term ‘local nonprofit parent organization’ means a private nonprofit organization (other than an institution of higher education) that—

“(1) has a demonstrated record of working with low-income parents and families;

“(2)(A) has a board of directors, the majority of whom are parents of students in elementary schools and secondary schools assisted under part A of title I and located in the geographic area to be served by a Local Family Engagement Center; or

“(B) has a special governing committee to direct and implement a Local Family Engagement Center, a majority of the members of whom are parents of students in schools assisted under part A of title I; and

“(3) is located in a community with elementary schools and secondary schools that receive funds under part A of title I, and is accessible to the families of students in those schools.

“(d) Application for grants.—Not later than 12 months after the date of the enactment of this section, the Secretary shall publish an application for demonstration grants under this section. Such application shall include—

“(1) a description of the organization’s approach on family engagement in education, including its use of strength-based strategies;

“(2) information that the applicant meets the definition of a local nonprofit parent organization;

“(3) information that the applicant has the capacity to structure a center capable of conducting the training, information and support activities to fulfill the purposes of a Local Family Engagement Center;

“(4) information that the applicant will structure and operate a center of sufficient scope and quality adequate to serve the needs of the local area in which it is located;

“(5) a description of the organization’s experience in providing training, services, and supports to low-income parents and families and family members of minority and limited English proficient children;

“(6) a description of what steps the organization has taken to meet with local educational agency or school personnel in the geographic area to be served by the center in order to inform the personnel of the plan and application for assistance;

“(7) a description of how the organization will coordinate its efforts with the Statewide Family Engagement Centers in the State;

“(8) information that the applicant is capable of meeting such milestones or the timeline in the demonstration as the Secretary may prescribe; and

“(9) such other information as the Secretary deems necessary.

“(e) Funds for evaluation.—The Secretary shall reserve 10 percent of the amount made available to carry out this section to fund the demonstrations conducted under this section for the purpose of evaluating such demonstrations and issuing a report describing the approaches and aspects of the demonstration that the Secretary determines to be most effective and appropriate for fulfilling the purposes of family engagement centers, taking into account the demographics of the various localities to be served.

“subpart 3Funding

“SEC. 5731. Authorization of appropriations; reservations.

“(a) Authorization of appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated $195,000,000 for fiscal year 2011 and such sums as may be necessary for fiscal years 2012 through 2015 to carry out this part and section 1005.

“(b) Use of appropriated funds.—From the amounts made available for each fiscal year under subsection (a), the Secretary shall—

“(1) reserve the greater of $40,000,000 or 44 percent for Statewide Family Engagement Centers, of which not more than 5 percent may be used for technical assistance to, and evaluation of, such centers; and

“(2) from the remainder—

“(A) reserve 2.9 percent, to be divided equally among the States and territories, to fund operations of State Family Engagement Coordinating Councils;

“(B) reserve 38 percent for State support of family engagement activities conducted pursuant to title I of this Act;

“(C) reserve 8 percent for demonstration of Local Family Engagement Centers;

“(D) reserve 5.1 percent for a Director and dedicated staff for family and community engagement within the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and related operations; and

“(E) reserve 2 percent for Local Family Engagement Centers at schools administered by the Bureau of Indian Education in the Department of the Interior and at Tribally Controlled Schools, except that the Secretary of Interior shall use an amount not to exceed 5 percent of such reserved funds for creation of a national Indian Family Engagement Coordinating Council modeled on State Family Coordinating Councils as described in this part.

“subpart 4Research-Based Metrics for Effective Family Engagement in Education

“SEC. 5741. Rules of the Secretary.

“(a) Development of metrics for family engagement.—Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this section, the Secretary, after consultation with the Advisory Committee, shall issue rules that specify metrics on family engagement in education for State educational agencies, local educational agencies, schools, and nonprofit organizations that receive funds under subpart 3 or section 1005.

“(b) Advisory committee.—The Secretary shall appoint a committee including researchers and representatives from national nonprofit organizations with expertise in family engagement in education to make data-driven recommendations regarding metrics required under subsection (a).

“(c) Implementation of metrics.—The Secretary shall require States and local educational agencies to include the metrics specified in subsection (a) in their annual State report beginning for submissions in the year that the Secretary deems to be practicable.”.

SEC. 13. Definitions.

Section 9101 (20 U.S.C. 7801) is amended—

(1) by amending paragraph (32) to read as follows:

“(32) FAMILY ENGAGEMENT IN EDUCATION.—The term ‘family engagement in education’ means a shared responsibility of families and schools for student success, in which schools and community-based organizations are committed to reaching out to engage families in meaningful ways and families are committed to actively supporting their children’s learning and development. This shared responsibility is continuous from birth through young adulthood and reinforces learning that takes place in the home, school and community.”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

“(44) TRIBALLY CONTROLLED SCHOOLS.—The term ‘tribally controlled schools’ shall mean schools administered by Indian tribes or their delegates pursuant to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975 (25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.).”.

SEC. 14. Conforming amendments.

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.) is amended by striking—

(1) “parental involvement” and “parent involvement” each place they appears and inserting “family engagement”;

(2) “involvement of parents” each place it appears and inserting “engagement of families”;

(3) “parental information and resource center” each place it appears and inserting “Statewide Family Engagement Center”; and

(4) “involve parents” each place it appears and inserting “engage families”.

SEC. 15. General Accountability Office study and report.

(a) Study.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Comptroller General of the United States shall conduct a study, and make findings and recommendations relating to compliance with, and use of funds made available for, section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6318), including matters specified in paragraph (2).

(2) INCLUSIONS.—The study shall include a review and analysis of—

(A) the use of funds reserved by local education agencies for family engagement under such section 1118;

(B) the innovative, effective, replicable, or model family engagement in education policies, practices and uses of funds of State educational agencies and local educational agencies determined by the Secretary of Education to be in alignment with section 1118;

(C) any barriers to State educational agencies and local educational agencies in implementing section 1118;

(D) any barriers to Indian tribes and organizations, Native Hawaiian organizations, and Alaska Native organizations in developing, implementing, and assessing family engagement in education policies and practices; and

(E) the use of data collection and reporting and outcome and assessment systems of State educational agencies and local educational agencies to determine the extent to which family engagement in education is implemented as outlined in section 1118.

(b) Report.—Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General shall prepare and submit to the Committee on Education and Labor of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate a report containing the findings and recommendations resulting from the study.

SEC. 16. Federal coordination of family engagement in education programming.

(a) Staffing.—Not later than 6 months after date of enactment of this Act, there shall be established in the Department of Education dedicated staff, including a Director, for family and community engagement within the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

(b) Duties.—The duties of the Director shall include the following:

(1) Articulating a national vision of family engagement in education.

(2) Coordinatung and integrating activities related to family engagement strategies, services, and programs within the Department and across Federal agencies.

(3) Providing guidance to Department offices and units on the administration of family engagement in education programs and activities and community schools programs and activities.

(4) Assuring consistency in family engagement in education policies and programs department.

(5) Assuring consistency in family engagement in education policies and programs with family engagement policies and practices of the programs and activities of other Federal agencies.

(6) Administering the Statewide Family Engagement Centers under section 5712 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Local Family Engagement Centers program under section 5721 of such Act and the Full Service Community Schools program.

(7) Developing, in consultation with the public through an invitation for public comment in the Federal Register, a plan for innovation, research and evaluation of family engagement in education, including impact, implementation, and replication studies.

(8) Conducting, by arrangement with the Department’s Institute of Educational Sciences, by contract, or by competition, innovation, research and evaluation on family engagement in education consistent with the duty under paragraph (6).

(9) Disseminating effective and innovative practices on family engagement to State educational agencies, Statewide Family Engagement Centers, parent training and information centers, title I administrators, and others.

(10) Coordinating innovation, research, training and technical assistance activities between Statewide Family Engagement Centers and regional educational laboratories.

(11) Identifying opportunities for family engagement in education collaboration and resource sharing among State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and organizations that support family-school partnerships.

(12) Preparing a biennial report to the Congress on family engagement in education, including a summary of activities, performance and outcomes under sections 1005, 1112, 1118, 5711, 5712, and 5721 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

(13) Publishing State educational agency family engagement in education plans and reports prepared as required by section 1111 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act on the web site of the Department.

(14) Carrying out such other duties as may be designated by the Secretary.

(c) Federal department and agency cooperation.—Each department or agency of the Federal Government providing programs related to family and community engagement component shall—

(1) cooperate with the efforts of the Director under this section;

(2) provide such assistance, statistics, studies, reports, information, and advice as the Director may request, to the extent permitted by law;

(3) adjust department or agency staff job descriptions to support collaboration and implementation of the vision and strategy; and

(4) assign department or agency liaisons to the office to oversee and implement interagency coordination.