This bill authorizes the Secretary of Education to award renewable five-year grants to states, local education agencies, and other community partners to ensure the academic, physical, social, emotional, and civic development of disadvantaged youth.
All states receiving grants would be required to develop and implement a state child and youth strategy assessing children’s needs and how the state’s assets can be coordinated to achieve quantifiable progress on the following goals:
— Preparing children for school.
— Getting students engaged and achieving in school.
— Fostering physical, mental, social, and emotional health among students.
— Safe and learning-positive school and neighborhood environments.
— Students are ready for postsecondary education and 21st century careers.
— Contributions to the community from students.
— Ending chronic absence among students.
State level consortia and local education agencies would be directed to develop and implement a local child and youth strategy. This strategy should integrate multiple private and public services into a comprehensive, coordinated service directed toward achieving quantifiable progress towards such goals.
The Secretary of Education would be required to award competitive grants directly to local consortia if the funding falls below a specified amount.