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H.R. 6770 - IDEA Parity for Outlying Areas Act

Introduced: 2018-09-12
Bill Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6770


    To amend the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to provide parity for outlying areas, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 12, 2018

    Ms. Bordallo introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce


A BILL

    To amend the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to provide parity for outlying areas, 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.

This Act may be cited as the “IDEA Parity for Outlying Areas Act”.

SEC. 2. Assistance for education of all children with disabilities.

(a) Authorization; allotment; use of funds; authorization of appropriations.—Section 611 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1411) is amended—

(1) in subsection (b)(1)—

(A) in subparagraph (A), by striking “not more than 1 percent” and inserting “not less than 1 percent”; and

(B) by striking subparagraph (B), and redesignating subparagraph (C) as subparagraph (B); and

(2) in subsection (e)(1)(A)(ii), by striking “or $35,000, whichever is greater”.

(b) Preschool grants.—Section 619 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1419) is amended—

(1) in subsection (c)(1), by striking “The Secretary shall allocate the amount” and inserting “After reserving funds for payments to the outlying areas under subsection (h)(1) for a fiscal year, the Secretary shall allocate the remaining amount”;

(2) by redesignating subsections (h), (i), and (j) as subsections (i), (j), and (k), respectively; and

(3) by inserting after subsection (g) the following new subsection:

“(h) Outlying areas.—

“(1) FUNDS RESERVED.—From the amount appropriated under subsection (k) for each fiscal year beginning after the date of enactment of the IDEA Parity for Outlying Areas Act, the Secretary shall reserve not less than 1 percent, which shall be used to provide assistance to the outlying areas in accordance with their respective populations of children aged 3 through 5 and their relative populations of all children aged 3 through 5 who are living in poverty, in accordance with this section.

“(2) FIRST AWARD YEAR.—For the first fiscal year the Secretary provides assistance to outlying areas under this section, subsection (c)(2)(B)(iii) shall not apply to outlying areas.

“(3) APPLICATION OF RESERVATION FOR STATE ACTIVITIES.—Subsection (d) shall be applied to outlying areas by substituting “for the first fiscal year beginning after the date of enactment of the IDEA Parity for Outlying Areas Act” for ‘for fiscal year 1997’.

“(4) DEFINITION.—For each fiscal year beginning after the date of enactment of the IDEA Parity for Outlying Areas Act, each use of the term ‘State’ in this section shall be deemed to refer to a State or outlying area, as appropriate to carry out this subsection.”.

SEC. 3. Allocation of funds for infants and toddlers with disabilities.

Section 643(a) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1443(a)) is amended—

(1) by striking “Areas.—” and all that follows through “(1) In general.—From” inserting “Areas.—From”;

(2) by striking “not more than 1 percent” and inserting “not less than 1 percent”; and

(3) by striking paragraph (2).

SEC. 4. State personnel development grants.

(a) Purpose; definition of personnel; program authority.—Section 651 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1451) is amended—

(1) in subsection (c)(3), by striking “$80,000” and inserting “$160,000”; and

(2) in subsection (d)(3), by striking “$80,000” and inserting “$160,000”.

(b) Use of funds.—Section 654 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1454) is amended by striking subsection (e).


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