H. R. 6481

To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to award grants to eligible entities to establish, expand, or support school-based mentoring programs to assist at-risk middle school students with the transition from middle school to high school.

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117 HR 6481 IH: Transition-to-Success Mentoring Act

U.S. House of Representatives

2022-01-25

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117th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6481

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 25, 2022

Mr. Carson

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the

Committee on Education and Labor

A BILL

To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to award grants to eligible entities to establish, expand, or support school-based mentoring programs to assist at-risk middle school students with the transition from middle school to high school.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the

Transition-to-Success Mentoring Act

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2.

Transition-to-Success Mentoring Program

(a)

Authorization of Appropriations

Section 1002(d) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (

20 U.S.C. 6553

) is amended to read as follows:

(d)

Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk

There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out the activities described in part D, $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2023 and such sums as may be necessary for each succeeding fiscal year.

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(b)

Transition-to-Success Mentoring Program

Part D of title I of such Act (

20 U.S.C. 6421 et seq.

) is amended by adding at the end the following:

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Transition-to-Success Mentoring Program

1441.

Transition-to-Success Mentoring Program

(a)

In general

From the amounts appropriated to carry out this section, the Secretary shall award grants to eligible entities to establish, expand, or support school-based mentoring programs to assist eligible students with the transition from middle school to high school.

(b)

Application

To receive a grant under this section, an eligible entity shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(c)

Uses of funds

(1)

Required uses of funds

An eligible entity that receives a grant under this section shall use the grant funds to establish a mentoring program, or to expand or provide technical support to an existing mentoring program, in all middle schools served by the entity, under which each eligible student is assigned to a success coach who—

(A)

creates a plan for success for the student that—

(i)

is created with the student, mentor, relevant school staff (such as a teacher or school counselor), and parents of the student;

(ii)

includes, for each academic year, the student’s academic, personal, college, and career exploration goals, and a strategy on how to accomplish such goals;

(iii)

identifies the student’s strengths, areas for improvement, and academic progress; and

(iv)

includes a plan to educate and support the student’s college or career exploration goals;

(B)

enters into a signed, written agreement with the parents of the student that describes how the parents should assist the student in carrying out the plan for success;

(C)

meets with the student at least once per month to—

(i)

assist the student in achieving the goals under the plan for success;

(ii)

identify the student’s academic areas for improvement;

(iii)

connect the student with the tools and resources necessary to help improve the student’s potential for academic success;

(iv)

ensure the student’s successful transition from middle school to high school by identifying opportunities to help the student develop a positive attitude toward school, improve classroom behavior, complete coursework, and socialize with peers; and

(v)

in the case of a student with behavioral issues, assist the student in behavior management techniques;

(D)

at least monthly, meets with the student and the parents, teachers, or counselors of the student to—

(i)

evaluate the student’s progress in achieving the goals under the plan for the current academic year; and

(ii)

revise or establish new goals for the next academic year; and

(E)

assists the student in exploring higher education and career exposure opportunities.

(2)

Authorized uses of funds

An eligible entity that receives a grant under this section may use such funds to—

(A)

develop and carry out a training program for success coaches;

(B)

pay for costs related to success coach and mentee participation in the program;

(C)

hire staff to perform or support the program objectives;

(D)

recruit, screen, and match new success coaches; and

(E)

provide activities or programming with the purpose of engaging and connecting the student to the school community.

(d)

Grant Duration

A grant under this section shall be awarded for a period of not more than 5 years.

(e)

Reporting requirements

(1)

Eligible entities

An eligible entity receiving a grant under this section shall submit to the Secretary, at the end of each academic year during the grant period, a report that includes—

(A)

the number of students who participated in the school-based mentoring program that was funded in whole or in part with the grant funds under this section;

(B)

data on the academic achievement of such students;

(C)

the number of contact hours between such students and their success coaches; and

(D)

any other information that the Secretary may require to evaluate the success of the school-based mentoring program.

(2)

Secretary

(A)

Interim report

At the end of the third fiscal year for which funds are made available to carry out this section, the Secretary shall submit to Congress an interim report on the success of the school-based mentoring programs funded under this section that includes the information received under paragraph (1).

(B)

Final report

At the end of the fifth fiscal year for which funds are made available to carry out this section, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a final report on the success of the school-based mentoring programs funded under this section that includes the information received under paragraph (1).

(f)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

At-risk

The term

at-risk

has the meaning given such term in section 1432 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (

20 U.S.C. 6472

).

(2)

Eligible entity

The term

eligible entity

means—

(A)

a local educational agency that—

(i)

receives, or is eligible to receive, funds under part A of this title; or

(ii)

is a high-need local educational agency; or

(B)

a partnership between a local educational agency described in subparagraph (A) and a nonprofit, community-based organization.

(3)

Eligible student

The term

eligible student

means a student who—

(A)

is enrolled in a middle school served by an eligible entity; and

(B)

is an at-risk student.

(4)

High-need local educational agency

The term

high-need local educational agency

means a local educational agency that serves at least one high-need school.

(5)

High-need school

The term

high-need school

has the meaning given the term in section 2211(b)(2).

(6)

Middle school

The term

middle school

means a nonprofit institutional day or residential school, including a public charter school, that provides middle school education, as determined under State law, except that the term does not include any education below grade 6 or beyond grade 9.

(7)

Parent

The term

parent

has the meaning given the term in section 8101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (

20 U.S.C. 7801

).

(8)

School-based mentoring

The term

school-based mentoring

refers to mentoring activities that—

(A)

are closely coordinated with a school by involving teachers, counselors, and other school staff who may identify and refer students for mentoring services; and

(B)

assist at-risk students in improving academic achievement and attitudes toward school and reducing disciplinary referrals.

(9)

Success coach

The term

success coach

means an individual who—

(A)

is—

(i)

an employee or volunteer of a local educational agency in which a mentoring program receiving support under this section is being carried out; or

(ii)

a volunteer or employee from a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides volunteers for mentoring programs in secondary schools; and

(B)

prior to becoming a success coach—

(i)

received training from an eligible entity, which, at a minimum, was 2 hours in length and covered the roles and responsibilities of a success coach; and

(ii)

underwent a screening by an eligible entity that included—

(I)

appropriate job reference checks;

(II)

child and domestic abuse record checks; and

(III)

criminal background checks.

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3.

Table of contents

The table of contents in section 2 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (

20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.

) is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 1432 the following:

Subpart 4—Transition-to-Success Mentoring Program

Sec. 1441. Transition-to-success mentoring program.

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