H.R. 2123 - School Readiness Act of 2005

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Wednesday, September 21, 2005.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY THE YEAS AND NAYS BY A VOTE OF 221-189 AFTER AGREEING TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION on Thursday, September 22, 2005.
MANAGERS: BISHOP(UT)/HASTINGS(FL)
109th Congress
1st Session

 

H. RES. 455
[Report No. 109-229]

H.R. 2123 - School Readiness Act of 2005

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 the Workforce.

3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

4. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Education and the Workforce now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.

5. Makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.

6. Provides that the amendments printed in the report may be considered 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 a division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.

7. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report.

8. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

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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. 2123) to reauthorize the Head Start Act to improve the school readiness of disadvantaged children, 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. 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 the Workforce. 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 the Workforce now printed in the bill. The committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. 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. 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.

 

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

 

1. Castle #17
Manager's Amendment. Revises the financial audit language in Section 17 to ensure that financial audit requirements for Head Start programs are consistent with those required under the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1986. Specifically extends to 270 days the time frame for completing program audits; clarifies that, upon the availability of resources, audit partners (not auditors) must be rotated every 5 years; and waives the board selection of a certified public accountant when public auditors are assigned by State law. In addition the amendment builds on parental consent requirements included in H.R. 2123 as reported, to further clarify that any health service available to children in Head Start may not be performed without the prior written consent of the parent. Health services include but are not limited to any medical, dental, developmental, mental health, social, or behavioral screening. Parents must consent to each individual health service before a health service is administered by a Head Start or Early Head Start program. Technical, Clarifying, and Conforming Amendments includes a number of technical and conforming amendments, including language to: make consistent language for special populations (migrant and seasonal Head Start and Indian Head Start programs); correct the order of Sections 10 and 11 (Sections 642A and 642B of the Act) in the reported bill; require Head Start applicants as part of their plan for local collaboration, to describe plans to work with private entities and charter schools offering pre-kindergarten; and require either the chair of the parent policy council or a designee as approved by the council, to sit on the agency's Head Start governing board. (10 minutes)

2. Souder #14
Restores the current joint governance structure of the Head Start program by allowing the policy councils (which are composed of 51 percent current Head Start parents and 49 percent community representatives) to approve or disapprove most program planning and operation activities along with the board of directors. In the event of an impasse, the board and policy council would enter into a mediation process with a third party - as under current regulations. Gives the board the discretionary authority to act unilaterally without policy council approval in all cases involving serious fiscal management, fraud or criminal activity. (10 minutes)

3. DeLauro #6
Allows Head Start centers to develop or maintain partnerships with institutions of higher education and non-profit organizations to support college students that serve as mentors and reading coaches to preschool children. (10 minutes)

4. Stearns #8
In section 18, includes "Children with Disabilities," in the list of areas for training to be provided by the Secretary of Education. (10 minutes)

5. Davis (IL) #4
Directs the Secretary to implement an outreach program to train and recruit African-American and Latino-American men to become Head Start teachers in order to increase the provision of quality services and instructions to children with diverse backgrounds. (10 minutes)

6. Kind #10
Suspends further implementation of the National Reporting System while the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) conducts a review and provides guidance on appropriate child outcomes and assessments for young children, as authorized in H.R. 2123. (10 minutes)

7. Mica #20
Directs the Secretary of HHS to undergo a management reform initiative. Requires HHS to utilize an outside management consulting firm to recommend and support the implementation of internal reforms to improve the Head Start Bureau's operational effectiveness.(10 minutes)

8. Filner #3
Initiates a study to assess the impact of new Head Start teacher qualification and development regulations upon teacher retention. (10 minutes)

9. Millender-McDonald #2
Encourages Head Start grantees to reduce barriers by directing them to increase their outreach to homeless and foster children. Encourages coordination between Head Start grantees and community service providers and homeless and foster children. Increases coordination for these populations as they transition out of Head Start to elementary school and increase reporting requirements. Allows homeless children and foster children to be automatically eligible for Head Start. (10 minutes)

10. Musgrave #19
Allows for profit providers of Head Start services to take profit from 15% administrative account. (10 minutes)

11. Thompson (MS) #24
Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to assist Head Start programs in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. Requires the Secretary to provide additional technical assistance, guidance, and resources to Head Start agencies in affected areas, waives documentation requirements for six months, and provides the Secretary with waiver authority to exempt programs from providing their local match. (10 minutes)

12. Boustany #18
Provides hiring protections for faith-based Head Start providers. This language is the same as the language from H.R. 2210 as passed by the House in the 108th Congress. (30 minutes)

 

(Summaries derived from information provided by the amendment sponsor.)

 

TEXT OF THE AMENDMENTS(.pdf)

 

1. Castle #17

2. Souder #14

3. DeLauro #6

4. Stearns #8

5. Davis (IL) #4

6. Kind #10

7. Mica #20

8. Filner #3

9. Millender-McDonald #2

10. Musgrave #19

11. Thompson (MS) #24

12. Boustany #18