H.Res. 348: H.R. 1429 – Improving Head Start Act of 2007

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Tuesday May 1, 2007.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 226-196 AFTER AGREEING TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY THE YEAS AND NAYS 226-194 on Wednesday May 2, 2007.

MANAGERS: CASTOR/DIAZ-BALART, LINCOLN

110th Congress 
1st Session

H.RES.  348

[Report No. 110-116]

 

 

H.R. 1429 – Improving Head Start Act of 2007

  1. Structured rule.
  2. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee on Education and Labor.
  3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except those arising under clauses 9 or 10 of Rule XXI.
  4. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Education and Labor shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.
  5. Waives all points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute except those arising under clauses 9 or 10 of rule XXI.
  6. Makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.
  7. Provides that the amendments made in order may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.
  8. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report except for those arising under clauses 9 or 10 of Rule XXI.
  9. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
  10. Provides that, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, the Chair may postpone further consideration of the bill to a time designated by the Speaker.

 

RESOLUTION

            Resolved, That at any time after the adoption of this resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1429) to reauthorize the Head Start Act, to improve program quality, to expand access, and for other purposes.  The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with.  All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.  General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Education and Labor.  After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule.  It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Education and Labor now printed in the bill.  The committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read.  All points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.  Notwithstanding clause 11 of rule XVIII, no amendment to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution.  Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.  All points of order against such amendments are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.  At the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the Committee shall rise and report the bill to the House with such amendments as may have been adopted.  Any Member may demand a separate vote in the House on any amendment adopted in the Committee of the Whole to the bill or to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.  The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

            Sec. 2. During consideration in the House of H.R. 1429 pursuant to this resolution, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, the Chair may postpone further consideration of the bill to such time as may be designated by the Speaker.

 

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors) 

1. Johnson, Eddie Bernice (TX):

The amendment would instruct the Secretary of HHS to create partnerships between Head Start and the HBCUs.  These partnerships would increase the number of associate, baccalaureate, and advanced degrees in early childhood education that are earned by Head Start staff and parents of Head Start students.

 (10 minutes)

2. Price, Tom (GA):

The amendment allows eight states to coordinate Head Start with state-run early childhood development programs through a demonstration program.

 (10 minutes)

3. Sestak (PA):

The amendment authorizes the Education Secretary to carry out a program to forgive student loans for Head Start and Early Head Start teachers who have earned a bachelor's degree in a field related to early childhood education and who commit to teach in the program for a minimum of 3 years.

 (10 minutes)

4. Hirono (HI):

The amendment revises the training and technical assistance program for Early Head Start by ensuring that training and technical assistance are provided by entities with specific expertise in infant and toddler development. The amendment also directs 50 percent of training and technical assistance funds directly to the grantees for the purposes of program improvement.

 (10 minutes)

5. Mica (FL)

The amendment amends Section 18 of the bill to require that the Secretary certify that at least 50 percent of all Head Start teachers nationwide meet certain degree requirements by September 30, 2011, two years earlier than required under the current legislation.

 (10 minutes)

6. Kennedy, Patrick (RI)/Hall, John (NY):

The amendment would define “inclusive classrooms” as Head Start classrooms that include both children with disabilities and children without disabilities.  It would make certain funds in the bill available to increase the understanding of the impact of Head Start services delivered in inclusive classrooms on both children with and without disabilities and to assist Head Start programs in improving the quality of inclusive classrooms.

 (10 minutes)

7. Putnam (FL):

The amendment strikes the development and implementation of the application review system, including the expert panel provision.  In addition, the amendment strikes designation when no entity has priority and instead designates competition – calling for the automatic recompetition for agency designation every five years, regardless of performance.

 (10 minutes)

8. Porter (NV):

The amendment requires that Head Start grantees, before hiring individuals, obtain (1) a state, Federal, or tribal criminal record check in all jurisdictions where the grantee provides services, (2) a state, Federal, or tribal criminal record check as required by the jurisdictions where they provide services, or (3) a criminal record check as otherwise required by Federal law.

 (10 minutes)

9. Carnahan (MO):

The amendment provides that, in the event that the amounts appropriated to carry out the program do not exceed the funds appropriated for the prior year, Head Start grantees may negotiate with the Secretary a reduced funded enrollment level if the grantee can demonstrate that such reduction is necessary to maintain the quality of services.

 (10 minutes)

10. Cuellar (TX):

The amendment would require the states or agencies that administer the Head Start program to describe the type of assessment used to determine the rate of progress made by students with Limited English Proficiency.

 (10 minutes)

 

11. Shuler (NC)/Ellsworth (IN)/Loebsack (IA):

The amendment outlines the history and importance of allowing faith-based and community-based organizations to participate in Head Start programs. It inserts language into the Head Start Reauthorization that explicitly states that faith-based and community-based organizations will continue to be eligible to participate in the Head Start program on the same basis as other organizations.

 (10 minutes)

12. Space (OH)/Hare (IL)/Welch (VT):

The amendment amends the criteria for the allocation of resources for technical assistance and training to include consideration of barriers in rural areas to professional development, parent involvement, home visits and health screening.  The amendment also requires the Secretary to consider the needs of rural and urban areas when entering contracts with entities in each state for the purposes of technical and training assistance.

 (10 minutes)

 

 

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

1. Johnson, Eddie Bernice (TX):

2. Price, Tom (GA):

3. Sestak (PA):

4. Hirono (HI):

5. Mica (FL):

6. Kennedy, Patrick (RI)/Hall, John (NY):

7. Putnam (FL):

8. Porter (NV):

9. Carnahan (MO):

10. Cuellar (TX):

11. Shuler (NC)/Ellsworth (IN)/Loebsack (IA):

12. Space (OH)/Hare (IL)/Welch (VT):