To authorize the appropriation of funds to be used to recruit, hire, and train 100,000 new classroom paraprofessionals in order to improve educational achievement for children.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. FINDINGS.
The Congress finds the following: (1) Paraprofessionals are not substitutes for certified teachers. (2) Small class size is fundamental to all learning, but particularly in the early grades. (3) Putting more adults in the classroom helps to increase the attention paid to each student and to improve discipline. (4) Expanding the availability of entry-level classroom jobs that include opportunities for training and professional development should encourage more adults to enter teacher training and careers in education.
SEC. 2. FUNDS FOR RECRUITING, HIRING, AND TRAINING PARAPROFESSIONALS.
(a) State Allocations.--From the amount appropriated to carry out this Act for each fiscal year, the Secretary of Education-- (1) shall make available 1 percent of such amount to the Secretary of the Interior (on behalf of the Bureau of Indian Affairs) and the outlying areas for activities under this Act; and (2) shall allocate the remainder by providing each State the same percentage of that remainder as it received of the funds allocated to States under section 306(a)(2) of the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001, as enacted by section 1(a)(1) of Public Law 106-554. (b) Local Agency Allocations.--Each State that receives funds under this Act...