H.R. 2706/S. 758 – The LEARN (Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation) Act

Sponsors: Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)

Purpose/Summary: Authorizes the Secretary of Education to award grants to states to develop or improve a comprehensive plan to improve the literacy of children from birth through grade 12.

Directs the Secretary to award grants to states to implement their comprehensive literacy plans for such children through:

• competitive subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) or early learning programs for specified activities that support early language and literacy development in children from birth through kindergarten entry;

• competitive subgrants to LEAs that have the highest numbers or percentages of disadvantaged students and students reading or writing below grade level for specified activities to improve the literacy of students in kindergarten through grade 12, including the provision of family literacy services; and

• additional state activities that include providing technical assistance to subgrantees, coordinating literacy programs and resources throughout the state, disseminating information on promising literacy programs, and enhancing the credentials of literacy instructors.

Allots implementation grants to states on the basis of each state’s share of disadvantaged students.

Status: House- 09/13/2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.

Senate- 04/18/2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

AFSA Position: Overall intent very positive. Need to review text.