Summary: H.R.5862 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.5862. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (07/14/2016)

Keep Students in School Act of 2016

This bill establishes a grant program through which the Department of Education (ED) shall assist local educational agencies in carrying out one or more of the following activities:

  • establishing an attendance program;
  • funding after-school programs and recreational activities;
  • establishing a teacher training and development program that focuses on issues relating to racial inequality and poverty;
  • if applicable, making a zero tolerance policy more compatible with the goals of student retention and engagement;
  • establishing a student absence policy with respect to at-risk children;
  • collaborating with local agencies and social workers to address issues facing at-risk children;
  • providing parents of at-risk children with resources and support;
  • establishing or expanding a mentoring program; or
  • providing schools with licensed social workers.

ED shall provide technical assistance to grantees upon request.

In addition, ED shall establish a task force to develop a comprehensive work plan to address the hardships that disadvantaged youth may face in attending school and attaining academic success. The task force shall: (1) coordinate interagency efforts to address such hardships, (2) assess the effectiveness of federal programs aimed at addressing those hardships, and (3) develop a plan that implements improvements to such federal programs and incorporates positive youth development practices.