S.929: LEARN Act (Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation Act)

Introduced: 5/10/2011

Sponsor: Patty Murray (D-WA)

Cosponsors: 6, Mark Begich (D-AK), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Al Franken (D-MN), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jack Reed (D-RI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Summary of Bill:

Authorizes the Sec. of Education to award grants to states for comprehensive planning to improve literacy of children from birth to grade 12. 1) The Secretary implements grants through competitive subgrants to LEAs for literacy improvement from birth to kindergarten, 2) competitive subgrants to LEAs for literacy improvement from kindergarten to grade 12 only in LEAs that have a high percentage of underperforming schools or students and 3) state activities that provide literacy programs and resources throughout the state. It gives priority to applicants serving a high number of impoverished children or whose students reading and writing are below grade level. The Sec. also contracts with an independent organization for a five-year national evaluation of implementation and the Sec. can also withhold funding from states that aren’t making progress in improving student literacy.

Latest Action:

Read twice and referred to Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on 5/10/2011


How This Bill Affects Education:

This bill gives grants to LEAs for literacy improvement for children all ages, elementary to high school. It also ensures that the grants go to schools and LEAs that really need literacy improvement. Those would be schools with high number of impoverished children or schools that have a high number of children reading and writing below their grade level.