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    Comprehensive Educational Reform Act

    Would business at least like the bill? The choice and legalization components of the bill will bring tens of billions of new revenue to the private sector
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    @Huffines

    I'm not hiding Marijuana legalization it's disclosed in my press release that it's included in the bill. Let the public know most don't oppose legalization and will be happy to hear. The purpose of it is funding the bill without raising the deficit any. The bill does a lot of good and reducing the number of non-violent offenders going to jail is just a part of it.
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    Comprehensive Educational Reform Act

    I don't think moderate conservatives would dislike Marijuana legalization added into this. Polls show a majority of Republicans support legalization now. Not having any positives from Republicans seems unrealistic especially with all the good the bill does.
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    Mike Solin - Carson City Nevada

    Mr. Solin, You recently said "The 2nd Amendment will be preserved and respected." before proposing more regulation on the guns. What does the phrase "shall not be infringed" in the 2nd Amendment mean to you and how will you preserve and respect the meaning behind it?
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    Comprehensive Educational Reform Act

    Plain English Summary: The bill does the following: Provide school choice for children of families 150% and below of the federal poverty line with an appropriated $3,000,000,000 to cover public schools for loss of students Reauthorize funding for armed security in public schools Allocates $5,000,000,000 for an Early College Federal Pell Grant program for high school students to earn college credit in early college high schools, community colleges, or online college courses Allocates $1,000,000,000 in grants for the preparation of career and technical educators Allocates $3,000,000,000 for the creation of career/technical/vocational education, work experience, and apprenticeship programs in public high schools Guarantees loans for school food facility expenses in excess of $500 Provides fund matching for the training of school food service personnel Allows individuals with college debts to voluntarily delay social security benefits in exchange for college debt forgiveness Enacts a pilot program for the formerly incarcerated to attend college at up to 25 different historically black colleges upon re-entry into the general public Allows Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 funding to be used on violence prevention and mental health initiatives Ends and prevents future federal control of specific instructional content, academic standards and assessments, curricula, accountability systems, or programs of instruction. Ending Common Core, federal testing requirements, and allowing local governments to set their own standards as they see best fit. The creation of a 10% tax on remittances to fund public school teacher pay raises giving roughly an increase of $4,317 per teacher in the United States The ending of federal Marijuana prohibition and the establishment of a 21% federal Marijuana sales tax to fund all appropriated funds in the bill and lend excess funds the Department of Education to appropriate at their own discretion. The creation of at least 300,000 jobs with the allowed expansion of the legal Marijuana industry IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES Mr. King (For himself, Mr. Huffines, Mr. King, Mr. Garrett, Ms. Gabbard, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Rogers, Mr. Barletta, Mr. Faso, Mr. Hill, Mr. Alexander, and Mr. Biggs) introduced the following bill; A BILL To comprehensively reform K-12 education and higher learning in the United States. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the “Comprehensive Educational Reform Act”. SECTION 2. Table of Contents. Section 1: Short Title Section 2: Table of Contents Section 3: State Educational Agency Grants to Eligible Children Section 4: Grant Program for School Security Section 5: Early College Federal Pell Grant Section 6: Partnership Grants for the Preparation of Career and Technical Education Teachers Section 7: Loan Guarantees and Grants to Finance Certain Improvements to School Lunch Facilities Section 8: Training and Technical Assistance For Food Service Personnel Section 9: Student Security Loan Forgiveness Program Section 10: Optional Delayed Eligibility For Old Age Insurance Benefits Sections 11: Offender Education Re-Entry Pilot Program Section 12: Violence Prevention and Mental Health Support Section 13: Decentralization in Academic Standards Section 14: Remittance Fees For Teacher Pay Raise Section 15: Application of the Controlled Substances Act to Marijuana Section 16: Marijuana Sales Fees For Funding Education Section 17: Constitutional Passage SECTION. 3. STATE EDUCATIONAL AGENCY GRANTS TO ELIGIBLE CHILDREN. (a) In General.—Part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311 et seq.) is amended to read as follows: “PART A—STATE EDUCATIONAL AGENCY GRANTS TO ELIGIBLE CHILDREN “SEC. 1111. ALLOCATIONS TO STATES. “(a) In General.—For each fiscal year, the Secretary shall allocate the amount appropriated to carry out this part among State education agencies based on the number of eligible children residing in each State. “(b) Eligible Child.—In this section, the term ‘eligible child’ means a child aged 5 to 18, inclusive, from a family with an income at or below 150 percent of the poverty level on the basis of the most recent satisfactory data published by the Department of Commerce. “(c) Criteria Of Poverty.—In determining the families with incomes at or below 150 percent of the poverty level for the purposes of this section, a State educational agency shall use the criteria of poverty used by the Census Bureau in compiling the most recent decennial census, as the criteria have been updated by increases in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “SEC. 1112. FUNDS FOLLOWING ELIGIBLE CHILDREN. “(a) Calculation Of Per Pupil Amount.—For each fiscal year, the State educational agency shall calculate the per pupil amount by dividing the amount made available to the agency under section 1111 by the number of eligible children (as defined in section 1111(b)) residing in the State. “(b) Use Of Funds.—Each State educational agency shall use each per pupil amount calculated under subsection (a) for qualified elementary, secondary education, or home schooling expenses and in a manner directed by State law. “(c) Funds Distributed To Parents.—In a case in which State law directs a State educational agency to distribute all or a portion of a per pupil amount to a parent of an eligible child, the agency also shall determine, consistent with State law, how the agency will verify that funds are being used in accordance with this section and whether to require the parent to establish an educational savings account or other dedicated account to maintain such funds. “(d) Definition.—In this section, the term ‘qualified elementary and secondary education expenses’, when used with respect to a child, means any of the following: “(1) Expenses within the budget of the local educational agency having jurisdiction over the geographic area in which the child resides. “(2) Expenses within the budget of the public or charter school the child may attend without paying tuition or fees. “(3) Tuition and fees required to be paid in order for the child to attend a public or charter school in the State in which the child resides. “(4) Tuition and fees required to be paid in order for the child to attend an accredited or otherwise State-approved private school in the State in which the child resides. “(5) Fees required to be paid for the child to participate in a State-approved supplemental educational services program. SECTION. 4. GRANT PROGRAM FOR SCHOOL SECURITY. Part AA of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (34 U.S.C. 10551 et seq.) is amended— (1) in section 2701 (34 U.S.C. 10551)— (A) in subsection (a), by striking “, including the placement and use of metal detectors and other deterrent measures, ” and inserting “through evidence-based training, technology, and equipment and technical assistance to prevent violence”; (B) in subsection (b)— (i) by striking paragraphs (2) and (3); (ii) by redesignating paragraph (1) as paragraph (2); (iii) by inserting before paragraph (2), as so redesignated, the following: “(1) Evidence-based training to prevent student violence against others and self, including training for local law enforcement officers, school personnel, and students.”; (iv) in paragraph (2), as so redesignated, by striking “Placement” and inserting the following: “Evidence-based technology and equipment to improve school security and prevent school violence, including— “(i) the development and operation of anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence, including mobile telephone applications, hotlines, and Internet websites; and “(ii) placement”; (v) by redesignating paragraphs (4) and (5) as paragraphs (3) and (4), respectively; (vi) in paragraph (3), as so redesignated— (I) by inserting “evidence-based school threat assessment and” after “operation of”; (II) by inserting “and school personnel,” after “law enforcement agencies”; and (III) by striking “specialized” and inserting “evidence-based”; and (vii) by striking paragraph (6); (C) by redesignating subsections (c) through (f) as subsections (d) through (g), respectively; (D) by inserting after subsection (b) the following: “(c) Contracts And Subawards.—A State, unit of local government, or Indian tribe may, in using a grant under this part for purposes authorized under subsection (b), use the grant to contract with or make one or more subawards to one or more— “(1) schools or local education agencies; “(2) nonprofit organizations; or “(3) units of local government or tribal organizations.”; (E) in subsection (e), as so redesignated— (i) in paragraph (1), by striking “50 percent” and inserting “75 percent”; and (ii) by striking paragraph (3); and (F) in subsection (f), as so redesignated, by adding at the end the following: “In awarding grants under this part, the Director shall also ensure, to the extent practicable and consistent with the individualized needs of each school at which improvements are to be made, an equitable distribution, in the aggregate, of funds among the uses specified in subsection (b).”; (2) in section 2702 (34 U.S.C. 10552)— (A) in subsection (a)— (i) in paragraph (1)— (I) in subparagraph (A), by inserting “, including the process used by the applicant to identify and assess evidence-based programs, practices, technology, or equipment to be funded under the grant” after “grant”; and (II) in subparagraph (B), by striking “and” at the end; (ii) in paragraph (2)— (I) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A)— (aa) by striking “individuals not limited to”; (bb) by inserting “and other relevant individuals” after “officers”; and (cc) by striking “child psychologists” and inserting “licensed mental health professionals”; and (II) in subparagraph (B), by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon; and (iii) by adding at the end the following: “(3) include an assurance that the applicant shall maintain and report such data, records, and information (programmatic and financial) as the Director may reasonably require; and “(4) include a certification, made in a form acceptable to the Director, that— “(A) the programs to be funded by the grant meet all the requirements of this part; “(B) all the information contained in the application is correct; and “(C) the applicant will comply with all provisions of this part and all other applicable Federal laws.”; and (B) in subsection (b), by striking “this part” and inserting “the STOP School Violence Act of 2018”; (3) in section 2703 (34 U.S.C. 10553)— (A) in the section heading, by inserting “; GRANT ACCOUNTABILITY” after “CONGRESS”; (B) by striking “Not later” and inserting the following: “(a) Annual Report.—Not later”; and (C) by adding at the end the following: “(b) Grant Accountability.—Section 3026 (relating to grant accountability) shall apply to grants awarded by the Director under this part. For purposes of the preceding sentence, any references in section 3026 to the Attorney General shall be considered references to the Director and any references in that section to part LL shall be considered references to part AA.”; (4) in section 2704 (34 U.S.C. 10554)— (A) in paragraph (1)— (i) by striking “a public” and inserting “an”; and (ii) by inserting “, including a Bureau-funded school (as defined in section 1141 of the Education Amendments of 1978 (25 U.S.C. 2021))” after “secondary school”; (B) in paragraph (2), by striking “and” at the end; (C) in paragraph (3), by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon; and (D) by adding at the end the following: “(4) the term ‘evidence-based’ means a program, practice, technology, or equipment that— “(A) demonstrates a statistically significant effect on relevant outcomes based on— “(i) strong evidence from not less than 1 well-designed and well-implemented experimental study; “(ii) moderate evidence from not less than 1 well-designed and well-implemented quasi-experimental study; or “(iii) promising evidence from not less than 1 well-designed and well-implemented correlational study with statistical controls for selection bias; “(B) demonstrates a rationale based on high-quality research findings or positive evaluation that such program, practice, technology, or equipment is likely to improve relevant outcomes, and includes ongoing efforts to examine the effects of the program, practice, technology, or equipment; or “(C) in the case of technology or equipment, demonstrates that use of the technology or equipment is— “(i) consistent with best practices for school security, including— “(I) applicable standards for school security established by a Federal or State government agency; and “(II) findings and recommendations of public commissions and task forces established to make recommendations or set standards for school security; and “(ii) compliant with all applicable codes, including building and life safety codes; and “(5) the term ‘tribal organization’ has the same meaning given the term in section 4(l) of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5304(l)).”; and (5) in section 2705— (A) by striking “There are” and inserting the following: “(a) In General.—There are”; (B) by striking “part $30,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2001 through 2009” and inserting the following: “part— “(1) $75,000,000 for fiscal year 2019; and “(2) $100,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2028.”; and (C) by adding at the end the following: “(b) Offset.—Any funds appropriated under this section may be offset by an equal reduction in the funds appropriated, if any, for the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative of the National Institute of Justice. “(c) Rules Of Construction.— “(1) None of the funds appropriated to carry out this part may be used to provide firearms or training in the use of firearms. “(2) Nothing in this part shall be construed to prohibit any other existing or future law from permitting or funding the provision of firearms or training in the use of firearms.”. SECTION. 5. EARLY COLLEGE FEDERAL PELL GRANT. Section 401 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070a) is amended by adding at the end the following: “(k) Early College Federal Pell Grants.— “(1) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding the requirement under section 484(a)(1) that a student not been enrolled in an elementary or secondary school to be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant under this section, for the award years beginning on July 1, 2020, and ending on June 30, 2028, the Secretary shall carry out a program to award Early College Federal Pell Grants to eligible students to support enrollment in, and completion of, postsecondary courses offered through an early college high school, community college, or online college course. “(2) MAXIMUM PERIOD FOR EARLY COLLEGE FEDERAL PELL GRANTS.—An eligible student may receive an Early College Federal Pell Grant under this subsection in an amount equal to the cost of not more than 4 full-time postsecondary semesters, or the equivalent of 4 full-time postsecondary semesters, as determined by the Secretary by regulation, while enrolled in postsecondary courses offered by an early college high school, community college, or online college course. “(3) COUNTING OF AWARDS FOR PURPOSES OF FEDERAL PELL GRANTS.— “(A) IN GENERAL.—An Early College Federal Pell Grant received under this subsection shall be counted toward the maximum period for which a student may receive Federal Pell Grants under this section, as provided under subsection (c)(5). “(B) WAIVER.—The Secretary may waive the requirement under subparagraph (A) on a case-by-case basis for any student demonstrating evidence of a credible disruption or redirection in course of study necessitating additional time to complete a postsecondary degree or credential. “(4) TERMS AND CONDITIONS.— “(A) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in this subsection, an Early College Federal Pell Grant received under this subsection shall have the same terms and conditions, and be awarded in the same manner, as Federal Pell Grants awarded under this section. “(B) AMOUNT.—The Secretary shall pay an eligible institution that is engaged in a partnership as part of an early college high school, community college, or online college course an amount equal to the cost of tuition, fees, and books for each “(C) ELIGIBLE STUDENT.—The term ‘eligible student’ means a student enrolled at an early college high school, community college, or with an online college course who, if such student met the requirements of section 484 for eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant, would be awarded a Federal Pell Grant after the determination of the expected family contribution for such student. SECTION. 6. PARTNERSHIP GRANTS FOR THE PREPARATION OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS. Section 202 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1022a) is amended— (1) by redesignating subsections (f) through (k) as subsections (g) through (l), respectively; (2) in subsection (b)— (A) in paragraph (1), by inserting “and career and technical education teachers” after “early childhood educators”; and (B) in paragraph (6)(C), by striking “subsection (f) or (g)” and inserting “subsection (g) or (h)”; (3) in subsection (c)— (A) in paragraph (1), by inserting “a program for the preparation of career and technical education teachers under subsection (f),” after “subsection (e),”; and (B) in paragraph (2), by striking “subsection (f)” and inserting “subsection (g)”; and (4) by inserting after subsection (e) the following: “(f) Partnership Grants For The Preparation Of Career And Technical Education Teachers.— “(1) IN GENERAL.—An eligible partnership that receives a grant under this section to carry out a program for the preparation of career and technical education teachers shall establish an effective secondary school career and technical education teacher preparation program that shall be— “(A) available to mid-career professionals or recent graduates of an institution of higher education, who have expertise in a program area in which a skilled career and technical education teacher shortage has been identified through a needs assessment described in paragraph (2); “(B) an opportunity for program participants to obtain initial licensure based on State requirements and the basic skills required for entry into the education profession, and the option of earning a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree; and “(C) an opportunity for program participants who are current educators and who do not have subject matter expertise in a career and technical education field identified through the needs assessment under paragraph (2) to receive technical skills training to be able to effectively teach in a classroom setting the career and technical skills identified in such assessment based on industry standards. “(2) NEEDS ASSESSMENT.—Each of the partners in an eligible partnership that receives a grant under this section to carry out a program for the preparation of career and technical education teachers shall conduct a needs assessment— “(A) with respect to the preparation, ongoing training, professional development, and retention of career and technical education teachers in program areas linked to the education and skill needs of the local or regional economy; and “(B) that takes into account the current needs of a State, local, or regional market, as well as trends identified in section 102(b)(1)(B) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. “(3) PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY, APPLICATION, AND SELECTION.— “(A) PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY.—In order to be eligible to participate in a career and technical education teacher preparation program under this subsection, an individual— “(i) shall— “(I) have at least a bachelor's degree; “(II) have an active industry-recognized credential in a technical profession if the eligible partnership determines that the program leading to the credential is of high quality, and meets the State’s minimum requirements for career and technical education teachers in the field, based either on years of related work experience or a number of specified hours in the field; or “(III) be a former member of the Armed Forces with a Department of Defense recognized active technical credential; and “(ii) may be a licensed teacher with a need for technical skills training. “(B) APPLICATION AND SELECTION.— “(i) APPLICATION.—Each eligible individual described in subparagraph (A) who desires to participate in the career and technical education teacher preparation program under this subsection shall submit an application to the eligible partnership. “(ii) SELECTION.— “(I) IN GENERAL.—Each eligible partnership shall select applicants for participation in the career and technical education teacher preparation program based on the career and technical education program needs of any high-need local educational agencies in the partnership. “(II) REQUIREMENT FOR VACANT POSITIONS.—Any vacant career and technical educator positions or positions with a demonstrated connection to the needs assessment described in paragraph (2) within the high-need local educational agency in an eligible partnership that receives a grant under this section to carry out a program for the preparation of career and technical education teachers shall be filled with career and technical education teacher preparation program participants. “(iii) RECRUITMENT.—An eligible partnership may develop and implement a teacher recruitment program to invite eligible individuals to participate in the career and technical education program. “(4) REQUIRED CLINICAL EXPERIENCE COMPONENTS.—Each career and technical education teacher preparation program carried out under this subsection shall include the following program components: “(A) Training in pedagogy, including classroom management, lesson planning, student learning methods, and academic and career and technical education content integration. “(B) Training in using empirically based practice and scientifically valid research in classroom instruction. “(C) Necessary preparation to obtain a teaching license based on State licensing requirements in the State in which the partnership operates, prior to entering the classroom. “(D) Literacy training for incorporating technical texts into the classroom. “(E) At least 1 year of clinical experience concurrent with the pre-classroom training program. “(F) Training to effectively teach technical skills to industry standards in a classroom setting. “(G) For licensed teachers, technical skills and pedagogical training related to the career and technical education program they are intending to teach. “(5) REQUIRED PRE-SERVICE COMPONENTS.—Each career and technical education teacher preparation program carried out under this subsection shall require— “(A) program participants, after completing pre-classroom training and who have at least State recognized provisional licensure to teach, to be paired with a mentor teacher with expertise in teaching the same or similar content for a period of not less than 2 years within the same school or school district, if available, and, if not available, the program shall specify how the program participant will be mentored; and “(B) continuing professional development coursework for such program participants over the course of 3 years to ensure that such teachers— “(i) are able to understand and implement research-based teaching practices in classroom instruction; “(ii) have knowledge of student learning methods; “(iii) are data-literate to continuously, effectively, and ethically access, interpret, act on, and communicate multiple types of data from State, local, classroom, and other sources to improve outcomes for students in a manner appropriate to educators’ professional roles and responsibilities; “(iv) possess skills to analyze student academic and technical achievement data and other measures of student learning, and use such data and measures to improve classroom instruction; “(v) possess the skills to develop, implement, and utilize interim and formative assessments to improve classroom instruction; “(vi) possess teaching skills and an understanding of effective instructional strategies across the technical and all applicable academic content areas that enable such teachers to— “(I) meet the specific learning needs of all students, including students with disabilities, students who are limited English proficient, students who are gifted and talented, and students with low literacy levels; and “(II) differentiate instruction for such students; “(vii) possess strategies for incorporating content from non-career and technical education courses and standards for college and career into career and technical education courses; “(viii) are able to effectively participate as a member of an individualized education program team, as defined in section 614(d)(1)(B) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; and “(ix) are able to successfully employ effective strategies for literacy instruction in technical coursework. “(6) AGREEMENT TO SERVE.— “(A) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in subparagraph (B), each career and technical education teacher preparation program carried out under this subsection shall require program participants to serve as a full-time career and technical education teacher in a high-need local educational agency that is a part of the eligible partnership for a total of not less than 3 academic years immediately after successfully completing the pre-classroom training program component. “(B) SERVING LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCIES OUTSIDE OF THE PARTNERSHIP.—If there are no full-time career and technical education teacher positions in a high-need local educational agency that is a part of the eligible partnership, a program participant may fulfill the service requirement under subparagraph (A) through serving as a full-time career and technical education teacher in a high-need local educational agency that is not a part of the eligible partnership. “(C) CERTIFICATION OF EMPLOYMENT.—A program participant under this subsection shall provide the eligible partnership with certification of the employment that is required under this paragraph. “(7) STIPENDS OR SALARIES; APPLICATIONS; REPAYMENTS.— “(A) STIPENDS OR SALARIES.—A career and technical education teacher preparation program under this subsection shall provide a one-year living stipend or salary to program participants during the pre-classroom training program component. “(B) APPLICATIONS FOR STIPENDS OR SALARIES.—Each career and technical education teacher preparation program participant desiring a stipend or salary during the pre-classroom training program component shall submit an application to the eligible partnership at such time, and containing such information and assurances, as the eligible partnership may require. “(C) REPAYMENTS.— “(i) IN GENERAL.—A grantee carrying out a career and technical education teacher preparation program under this subsection shall require a recipient of a stipend or salary under subparagraph (A) who does not complete, or who notifies the partnership that the recipient intends not to complete, the service obligation required by paragraph (6) to repay such stipend or salary to the eligible partnership, together with interest, at a rate specified by the partnership in the agreement, and in accordance with such other terms and conditions specified by the eligible partnership, as necessary. “(ii) OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS.—Any other terms and conditions specified by the eligible partnership may include reasonable provisions for pro rata repayment of the stipend or salary described in subparagraph (A) or for deferral of a program participant's service obligation required by paragraph (6), on grounds of health, incapacitation, inability to secure employment as a full-time career and technical education teacher, being called to active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States, or other extraordinary circumstances. “(iii) USE OF REPAYMENTS.—An eligible partnership shall use any repayment received under this subparagraph to carry out additional activities that are consistent with the purposes of this subsection. “(8) REPORTS; PARENTS RIGHT-TO-KNOW; DEVELOPMENT OF PERFORMANCE MEASURES.— “(A) ANNUAL REPORT.—An eligible partnership that receives a grant under this section to carry out a program for the preparation of career and technical education teachers shall submit to the Secretary and make publicly available, at such time and in such manner as the Secretary may require, an annual report that includes— “(i) data on the eligible partnership’s progress on the performance measures described in section 204(a); and “(ii) a description of the challenges the eligible partnership has faced in implementing the grant and how the eligible partnership has addressed or plans to address such challenges. “(B) PUBLICLY AVAILABLE.—Each eligible partnership that receives a grant under this section to carry out a program for the preparation of career and technical education teachers shall complete and make publicly available, not later than 90 days after the grant period for such eligible partnership ends, an evaluation based on the evaluation plan described in section 204(a). “(C) PARENTS RIGHT-TO-KNOW.—At the beginning of each school year, a high-need local educational agency that receives funds under this subsection shall— “(i) notify the parents of each student attending any school receiving funds under this subsection that the parents may request, and the agency will provide the parents on request (and in a timely manner), the information described in section 1111(h)(6)(A) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965; and “(ii) provide to each such parent the information and notice described in section 1111(h)(6)(B) of such Act. “(D) DEVELOPMENT OF PERFORMANCE MEASURES.—The Secretary shall develop performance measures prior to awarding grants under this section, with input and consultation of schools of education, school administrators, teachers, professional nonprofit technical and career organizations, and the opportunity for a 60-day public comment period. The Secretary shall ensure that such measures are made available to potential applicants prior to seeking applications for such grants.”. SECTION. 7. LOAN GUARANTEES AND GRANTS TO FINANCE CERTAIN IMPROVEMENTS TO SCHOOL LUNCH FACILITIES. The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act is amended by inserting after section 26 (42 U.S.C. 1769g) the following: “SEC. 27. LOAN GUARANTEES AND GRANTS TO FINANCE CERTAIN IMPROVEMENTS TO SCHOOL LUNCH FACILITIES. “(a) Definitions.—In this section: “(1) DURABLE EQUIPMENT.—The term ‘durable equipment’ means durable food preparation, handling, cooking, serving, and storage equipment greater than $500 in value. “(2) ELIGIBLE ENTITY.—The term ‘eligible entity’ means— “(A) a local educational agency or a school food authority administering or operating a school lunch program; “(B) a tribal organization; or “(C) a consortium that includes a local educational agency or school food authority described in subparagraph (A), a tribal organization, or both. “(3) INFRASTRUCTURE.—The term ‘infrastructure’ means a food storage facility, kitchen, food service facility, cafeteria, dining room, or food preparation facility. “(4) LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCY.—The term ‘local educational agency’ has the meaning given the term in section 8101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801). “(5) SCHOOL FOOD AUTHORITY.—The term ‘school food authority’ has the meaning given the term in section 210.2 of title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (or any successor regulation). “(6) TRIBAL ORGANIZATION.—The term ‘tribal organization’ has the meaning given the term in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5304). “(b) Loan Guarantees For Assistance To Schools For Infrastructure Improvements And Durable Equipment Necessary To Provide Healthy Meals Through School Lunch Programs.— “(1) AUTHORITY TO GUARANTEE LOANS.—The Secretary shall issue a loan guarantee to an eligible entity for purposes of financing the construction, remodeling, or expansion of infrastructure or the purchase of durable equipment that the Secretary determines will assist the eligible entity in providing healthy meals through a school lunch program. “(2) COMPETITIVE BASIS.—Subject to paragraph (3), the Secretary shall select eligible entities to receive a loan guarantee under this subsection on a competitive basis. “(3) PREFERENCES.—In issuing a loan guarantee under this subsection, the Secretary shall give a preference to an eligible entity that, as compared with other eligible entities seeking a loan guarantee under this subsection, the Secretary determines demonstrates substantial or disproportionate— “(A) need for infrastructure improvement; or “(B) durable equipment need or impairment. “(4) OVERSIGHT.—The Secretary shall establish procedures to enable the Secretary to oversee the construction, remodeling, or expansion of infrastructure or the purchase of durable equipment for which a loan guarantee is issued under this subsection. “(5) GUARANTEE AMOUNT.—A loan guarantee issued under this subsection may not guarantee more than 80 percent of the principal amount of the loan. “(6) FEES.—The Secretary shall establish fees with respect to loan guarantees under this subsection that, as determined by the Secretary— “(A) are sufficient to cover all the administrative costs to the Federal Government for the operation of the program; “(B) may be in the form of an application or transaction fee, or interest rate adjustment; and “(C) may be based on the risk premium associated with the loan or loan guarantee, taking into consideration— “(i) the price of Treasury obligations of a similar maturity; “(ii) prevailing market conditions; “(iii) the ability of the eligible infrastructure project to support the loan guarantee; and “(iv) the total amount of the loan guarantee. “(7) FUNDING.— “(A) IN GENERAL.—To provide loan guarantees under this subsection, the Secretary shall reserve $300,000,000 of the loan guarantee authority remaining and unobligated as of the date of enactment of the Comprehensive Educational Reform Act under the program of community facility guaranteed loans under section 306(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1926(a)). “(B) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.—The Secretary may use not more than 5 percent of the amount made available to carry out this subsection for each fiscal year to provide technical assistance to applicants and prospective applicants in preparing applications and creating financing packages that leverage a mix of public and private funding sources. “(c) Equipment Grants.— “(1) AUTHORITY TO MAKE GRANTS.—Beginning in fiscal year 2020 and subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary shall make grants, on a competitive basis, to eligible entities to assist the eligible entities in purchasing the durable equipment and infrastructure needed to serve healthier meals and improve food safety. “(2) PRIORITY.—In awarding grants under this subsection, the Secretary shall give priority to— “(A) eligible entities in States that have enacted comparable statutory grant funding mechanisms or that have otherwise appropriated funds to assist eligible entities in purchasing the durable equipment and infrastructure needed to serve healthier meals and improve food safety, as determined by the Secretary; and “(B) eligible entities that have identified and are reasonably expected to meet an unmet local or community need, including through— “(i) a public-private partnership or partnership with a food pantry or other low-income assistance agency; or “(ii) the provision for or allowance of kitchen or cafeteria usage by related or outside community organizations. “(3) FEDERAL SHARE.— “(A) IN GENERAL.—The Federal share of costs for assistance funded through a grant awarded under this subsection shall not exceed 80 percent of the total cost of the durable equipment or infrastructure. “(B) MATCHING.—As a condition on receiving a grant under this subsection, an eligible entity shall provide matching support in the form of cash or in-kind contributions. “(C) WAIVER.—The Secretary may waive or vary the requirements of subparagraphs (A) and (B) if the Secretary determines that undue hardship or effective exclusion from participation in the grant program under this subsection would otherwise result. “(4) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.— “(A) IN GENERAL.—There are authorized to be appropriated $25,000,000 to carry out this subsection for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2028. “(B) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.—The Secretary may use not more than 5 percent of the amount made available to carry out this subsection for each fiscal year to provide technical assistance to applicants and prospective applicants in preparing applications and creating financing packages that leverage a mix of public and private funding sources.”. SECTION. 8. TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR SCHOOL FOOD SERVICE PERSONNEL. The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act is amended by inserting after section 21 (42 U.S.C. 1769b–1) the following: “SEC. 21A. TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR SCHOOL FOOD SERVICE PERSONNEL. “(a) In General.—The Secretary shall carry out a grant program under which the Secretary shall award grants, on a competitive basis, to provide support to eligible third-party training institutions described in subsection (b) to develop and administer training and technical assistance for school food service personnel to meet nutrition standards under section 4(b)(3) and improve efficacy and efficiency of the school lunch program under this Act and the school breakfast program established by section 4 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1773). “(b) Eligible Third-Party Institutions Defined.—For purposes of this section, the term ‘eligible third-party institution’ means— “(1) a nonprofit organization with demonstrated experience in food or nutrition services training and technical assistance; “(2) an institution of higher education as defined in section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1002); “(3) an area career and technical education school as defined in section 3 of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2302); or “(4) a consortium of entities described in paragraphs (1), (2), and (3). “(c) Criteria For Eligible Third-Party Institutions.—The Secretary shall establish specific criteria that eligible third-party training institutions shall meet to qualify to receive grants under this section, which shall include— “(1) a demonstrated capacity to administer effective training and technical assistance programming to school food service personnel; “(2) prior, successful experience in providing or engaging in training and technical assistance programming or applied research activities involving eligible entities, school food service administrators, or directors; “(3) prior, successful experience in developing relevant educational training tools or course materials or curricula on topics addressing child and school nutrition or the updated nutrition standards under section 4(b)(3); and “(4) the ability to deliver effective and cost-efficient training and technical assistance programming to school food service personnel— “(A) at training sites that are located within a proximate geographic distance to schools, central kitchens, or other worksites; or “(B) through an online training and assistance program on topics that do not require in-person attendance. “(d) Program Assistance.—The Secretary shall assist the institutions receiving grants under this section in publicizing and disseminating training and other project materials and online tools to the maximum extent practicable. “(e) Federal Share.— “(1) IN GENERAL.—The Federal share of costs for training and technical assistance funded through a grant awarded under this section shall not exceed 80 percent of the total cost of the training and technical assistance. “(2) MATCHING.—As a condition of receiving a grant under this section, the eligible third-party training institution shall provide matching support in the form of cash or in-kind contributions. “(f) Oversight.—The Secretary shall establish procedures to enable the Secretary— “(1) to oversee the administration and operation of training and technical assistance funded through grants awarded under this section; and “(2) to ensure that the training and assistance is operated consistent with the goals and requirements of this Act. “(g) Authorization Of Appropriations.— “(1) IN GENERAL.—There are authorized to be appropriated $10,000,000 to carry out this section for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2028. “(2) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.—The Secretary may use not more than 5 percent of the amount made available to carry out this section for each fiscal year to provide technical assistance to applicants and prospective applicants in preparing applications and creating financing packages that leverage a mix of public and private funding sources.”. SECTION. 9. STUDENT SECURITY LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM. Section 455 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1087e) is amended by adding at the end the following: “(r) Student Security Loan Forgiveness Program.— “(1) PROGRAM AUTHORIZED.—Beginning not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of the Comprehensive Educational Reform Act the Secretary of Education, jointly with the Commissioner of Social Security, shall carry out a program under which the Secretary shall issue student loan forgiveness credits to qualified borrowers of eligible Federal Direct loans in exchange for delayed eligibility for old-age insurance benefits under title II of the Social Security Act (as amended by the Comprehensive Educational Reform Act) in accordance with this subsection. “(2) AGREEMENT REQUIRED.—To be eligible to participate in the program, a qualified borrower shall enter into a written agreement with the Secretary of Education and the Commissioner of Social Security under which the borrower— “(A) elects to receive a specified number of student loan forgiveness credits not greater than 73; and “(B) acknowledges the extent of the borrower’s delayed eligibility for old-age insurance benefits under title II of the Social Security Act (as amended by the Comprehensive Educational Reform Act) as a result of receiving such credits. “(3) TERMINATION.—No borrower may enter into an agreement under paragraph (2) unless such borrower was a qualified borrower on or before the date that is 15 years after the date of the enactment of the Comprehensive Educational Reform Act. “(4) COMBINATION WITH OTHER FORGIVENESS PROGRAMS.—Unless otherwise provided by law, a qualified borrower may combine forgiveness under this subsection with other forgiveness programs under this Act, except in no case shall the total amount of forgiveness received by a borrower under all such programs exceed the amount of Federal student loans owed by such borrower. “(5) DEFINITIONS.—In this section: “(A) DEFAULT.—The term ‘default’ has the meaning given the term in section 435(l). “(B) ELIGIBLE FEDERAL DIRECT LOAN.—The term ‘eligible Federal Direct loan’ means any loan made under this part, including any such loan on which the borrower has defaulted. “(C) INITIAL QUALIFYING DATE.—The term ‘initial qualifying date’ means the date that is 6 months after the date of the enactment of the Comprehenseive Educational Reform Act. “(D) QUALIFIED BORROWER.—The term ‘qualified borrower’— “(i) with respect to a borrower who seeks to enter into an agreement under paragraph (2) on or before the initial qualifying date, means a borrower of an eligible Federal Direct loan who is not entitled to collect old-age insurance benefits under title II of the Social Security Act as of the date of the agreement under paragraph (2), including a borrower who is a defaulted borrower; and “(ii) with respect to a borrower who seeks to enter into an agreement under paragraph (2) after the initial qualifying date, means— “(I) a borrower of an eligible Federal Direct loan who is not entitled to collect old-age insurance benefits under title II of the Social Security Act as of the date of the agreement under paragraph (2), including a borrower who is a defaulted borrower; and “(II) who was eligible for a deferment under subsection (f)(2)(A) at any time during the five-year period preceding the date of the agreement under paragraph (2). “(E) STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS CREDIT.—The term ‘student loan forgiveness credit’ means the cancellation of the obligation of a qualified borrower to repay $550 in eligible Federal Direct loans in exchange for delayed eligibility for old-age insurance benefits as specified in title II of the Social Security Act (as amended by the Comprehensive Educational Reform Act).”. SECTION. 10. OPTIONAL DELAYED ELIGIBILITY FOR OLD-AGE INSURANCE BENEFITS. (a) Retirement Age; Early Retirement Age.—Section 216(l) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 416(l)) is amended by adding at the end the following: “(4) Notwithstanding the preceding paragraphs of this subsection, in the case of an individual who receives one or more student loan forgiveness credits under section 455(r) of the Higher Education Act of 1965— “(A) the retirement age with respect to such individual shall be deemed to be— “(i) the retirement age determined with respect to such individual under paragraph (1); plus “(ii) a number of additional months equal to the number of student loan forgiveness credits received by the individual under such section 455(r); and “(B) the early retirement age with respect to such individual shall be deemed to be— “(i) the early retirement age determined with respect to such individual under paragraph (2); plus “(ii) a number of additional months equal to the number of student loan forgiveness credits received by the individual under such section 455(r).”. (b) Delayed Retirement Credits.—Section 202(w) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 402(w)) is amended by inserting after “age 70” each place it appears the following: “(or, in the case of an individual described in paragraph (4) of section 216(l), age 70 plus the number of additional months determined under subparagraph (A)(ii) of such paragraph)”. (c) Voluntary Suspension Of Benefits.—Section 202(z) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 402(z)) is amended by inserting after “the age of 70” the following: “(or, in the case of an individual described in paragraph (4) of section 216(l), the age of 70 plus the number of additional months determined under subparagraph (A)(ii) of such paragraph)”. SECTION. 11. OFFENDER EDUCATION RE-ENTRY PILOT PROGRAM. (a) Authorization.—The Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretary of Education, shall establish a pilot program for 5 years which makes grants to not more than 25 historically Black colleges and universities to provide educational programming to eligible offenders in order to facilitate re-entry into the community. (b) Application.—The chief executive officer of a historically Black college or university seeking a grant under this section shall submit to the Attorney General an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Attorney General may reasonably require. (c) Matching Funds.—The portion of the costs of a program provided by a grant under subsection (a) may not exceed 50 percent. The recipient of a grant under this section may meet the matching requirement under this subsection by making in-kind contributions of goods or services that are directly related to the purpose for which such grant was awarded. (d) Definitions.—In this section: (1) The term “educational programming” means— (A) general education development (GED) programming; or (B) educational courses which are transferable for course credit at that historically Black college or university. (2) The term “eligible offender” means an individual who was convicted of a criminal offense and— (A) has been released from incarceration for not longer than one year; or (B) is scheduled to be released from incarceration in not longer than one year. (3) The term “historically Black college or university” has the meaning given the term “part B institution” under section 322(2) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1061(2)). (4) The term “institution of higher education” has the meaning given that term in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001). (e) Prohibition On New Authorization Of Funds.—This section shall be carried out using amounts otherwise appropriated or made available to the Department of Justice. No additional funds are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section. SECTION. 12. VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT. (a) State Uses Of Funds.—Section 2101(c)(4)(B) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6611(c)(4)(B)) is amended— (1) by redesignating clause (xxi) as clause (xxiv); and (2) by inserting after clause (xx) the following: “(xxi) Supporting efforts to increase the professional development that is evidence-based (to the extent the State, in consultation with local educational agencies in the State, determines that such evidence is reasonably available) for teachers, principals, school leaders, and other school personnel in mental health awareness, violence prevention, crisis response, de-escalation techniques and anger management techniques, positive behavioral interventions and supports, bullying and harassment prevention, and other similar programs designed to reduce and prevent school violence. “(xxii) Assisting local educational agencies in— “(I) developing and implementing professional development that is evidence-based (to the extent the State, in consultation with local educational agencies in the State, determines that such evidence is reasonably available) on violence prevention programs and emergency response and notification systems; and “(II) improving school climate. “(xxiii) Developing agreements between local educational agencies, law enforcement agencies, and health agencies, including nonprofit, public, and private mental health agencies and institutions, to improve coordination of services and to identify, respond to, and prevent threats to the safety of students and school personnel.”. (b) Local Uses Of Funds.—Section 2103(b)(3) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6613(b)(3)) is amended— (1) in subparagraph (I)— (A) in clause (ii), by inserting “, including mental health services,” after “services”; and (B) in clause (iii), by striking “and public or private mental health organizations” and inserting “, public or private mental health organizations, and local law enforcement agencies, to improve the coordination of services and to identify, respond to, and prevent threats to the safety of students and school personnel”; (2) in subparagraph (O), by striking “and” after the semicolon; (3) by redesignating subparagraph (P) as subparagraph (R); and (4) by inserting after subparagraph (O) the following: “(P) reducing the ratio of students to counselors to improve the ability of schools to address the academic and social and emotional needs of students and school personnel through the recruiting and hiring of school-based mental health services providers, as defined in section 4102(6); “(Q) developing and implementing professional development that is evidence-based (to the extent the State, in consultation with local educational agencies in the State, determines that such evidence is reasonably available) for teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, school leaders, and other school personnel in violence prevention, mental health awareness, threat de-escalation methods, and positive behavioral interventions and supports, and supporting bullying and harassment prevention programs, and other similar programs designed to reduce and prevent school violence and improve the school climate for all students; and”. (c) Teacher And School Leader Incentive Fund Grants.—Section 2212(e)(2)(D) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6613(e)(2)(D)) is amended— (1) in clause (i)(III), by striking “or” after the semicolon; (2) in clause (ii), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; or”; and (3) by inserting after clause (ii) the following: “(iii) school-based mental health services providers (as defined in section 4102(6)) who improve the climate of the school.”. (d) Supporting Effective Educator Development.—Section 2242(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6672(a)) is amended— (1) in paragraph (1), by inserting “school-based mental health services providers (as defined in section 4102(6)),” after “teachers,”; and (2) in paragraph (5), by inserting “school-based mental health services providers (as defined in section 4102(6)),” after “teachers,”. “SECTION. 13. Decentralization IN ACADEMIC STANDARDS. “(a) In General.—No officer or employee of the Federal Government shall, through grants, contracts, or other cooperative agreements, mandate, direct, or control a State, local educational agency, or school’s specific instructional content, academic standards and assessments, curricula, or program of instruction (including any requirement, direction, or mandate to adopt the Common Core State Standards developed under the Common Core State Standards Initiative, any other academic standards common to a significant number of States, or any assessment, instructional content, or curriculum aligned to such standards), nor shall anything in this Act be construed to authorize such officer or employee to do so. “(b) No Requirement To Implement Assessments, Standards, Or Accountability Systems.—An officer or employee of the Federal Government shall not require a State educational agency, local educational agency, school, or Indian Tribe to implement an annual assessment, academic standard, or accountability system, or condition funds made available under this part upon such implementation.”. (b) Conforming Amendments.— (1) REPEAL OF STATE ASSESSMENT GRANTS.—Part B of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.) is repealed. (2) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—Section 1002 of such Act (20 U.S.C. 6302) is amended— (A) by striking the subsection heading for subsection (a) and inserting “State Educational Agency Grants For Eligible Children”; and (B) by striking subsection (b). SECTION. 14. REMITTANCE FEES FOR TEACHER PAY RAISE Section 920 of the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (relating to remittance transfers) (15 U.S.C. 1693o-1) is amended-- (1) by redesignating subsection (g) as subsection (h); and (2) by inserting after subsection (f) the following: ``(g) Teacher Pay Raise Remittance Fee Collection.-- ``(1) In general.-- ``(A) Fees.--If the designated recipient of a remittance transfer is located in a foreign country described in subparagraph (B), a remittance transfer provider shall collect from the sender of such remittance transfer a remittance fee equal to 10 percent of the United States dollar amount to be transferred (excluding any fees or other charges imposed by the remittance transfer provider). Except as provided in subparagraph (C), such remittance fees shall be submitted to the Treasury to be expended for the purpose of providing pay raises for public school teachers. ``(B) Foreign countries.--Subparagraph (A) shall apply to all foreign countries. ``(C) Costs.--For the 10-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this subsection, a remittance transfer provider may retain up to 2 percent of any remittance fees collected by such remittance transfer provider pursuant to subparagraph (A) to cover the costs of collecting and submitting such remittance fees. ``(2) Fee collection system.--Not later than March 31st, 2020, the Bureau, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of the Treasury, and remittance transfer providers, shall develop and make available a system for remittance transfer providers to-- ``(A) submit the remittance fees collected in accordance with paragraph (1)(A) to the Treasury; and ``(B) retain a portion of such remittance fees in accordance with paragraph (1)(C). ``(3) Penalties.-- ``(A) Whoever, with the intent to evade a remittance fee to be collected in accordance with this subsection, and who has knowledge that, at the time of a remittance transfer, the value of the funds involved in the transfer will be further transferred to a recipient located in a country listed in paragraph (1)(B), requests or facilitates such remittance transfer to a designated recipient in a country that is not listed in paragraph (1)(B) shall be subject to a penalty of not more than $500,000 or twice the value of the funds involved in the remittance transfer, whichever is greater, or imprisonment for not more than 20 years, or both. ``(B) Any foreign country that, in the joint determination of the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Secretary of State aids or harbors an individual conspiring to avoid the fee collected in accordance with this subsection shall be ineligible to receive foreign assistance and to participate in the visa waiver program or any other programs, at the discretion of the Secretaries described in this subparagraph.''. <all> SECTION. 15. APPLICATION OF THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT TO MARIJUANA. (a) In General.—Part A of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following: SEC. 2. DEREGULATION OF MARIJUANA. (a) Removed From Schedule Of Controlled Substances.—Subsection (c) of Schedule I of section 202(c) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812(c)) is amended— (1) by striking “marijuana”; and (2) by striking “tetrahydrocannabinols”. (b) Removal Of Prohibition On Import And Export.—Section 1010(b) of the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act (21 U.S.C. 960) is amended— (1) in paragraph (1)— (A) in subparagraph (F), by inserting “or” after the semicolon; (B) by striking subparagraph (G); and (C) by redesignating subparagraph (H) as subparagraph (G); (2) in paragraph (2)— (A) in subparagraph (F), by inserting “or” after the semicolon; (B) by striking subparagraph (G); and (C) by redesignating subparagraph (H) as subparagraph (G); (3) in paragraph (3), by striking “paragraphs (1), (2), and (4)” and inserting “paragraphs (1) and (2)”; (4) by striking paragraph (4); and (5) by redesignating paragraphs (5), (6), and (7) as paragraphs (4), (5), and (6), respectively. SEC. 4. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT. The Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) is amended— (1) in section 102(44) (21 U.S.C. 802(44)), by striking “marijuana,”; (2) in section 401(b) (21 U.S.C. 841(b))— (A) in paragraph (1)— (i) in subparagraph (A)— (I) in clause (vi), by inserting “or” after the semicolon; (II) by striking (vii); and (III) by redesignating clause (viii) as clause (vii); (ii) in subparagraph (B)— (I) by striking clause (vii); and (II) by redesignating clause (viii) as clause (vii); (iii) in subparagraph (C), by striking “subparagraphs (A), (B), and (D)” and inserting “subparagraphs (A) and (B)”; (iv) by striking subparagraph (D); (v) by redesignating subparagraph (E) as subparagraph (D); and (vi) in subparagraph (D)(i), as redesignated, by striking “subparagraphs (C) and (D)” and inserting “subparagraph (C)”; (B) by striking paragraph (4); and (C) by redesignating paragraphs (5), (6), and (7) as paragraphs (4), (5), and (6), respectively; (3) in section 402(c)(2)(B) (21 U.S.C. 842(c)(2)(B)), by striking “, marijuana,”; (4) in section 403(d)(1) (21 U.S.C. 843(d)(1)), by striking “, marijuana,”; (5) in section 418(a) (21 U.S.C. 859(a)), by striking the last sentence; (6) in section 419(a) (21 U.S.C. 860(a)), by striking the last sentence; (7) in section 422(d) (21 U.S.C. 863(d))— (A) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking "marijuana,”; and (B) in paragraph (5), by striking “, such as a marijuana cigarette,”; and (8) in section 516(d) (21 U.S.C. 886(d)), by striking “section 401(b)(6)” each place the term appears and inserting “section 401(b)(5)”. SECTION. 16. MARIJUANA SALES FEE FOR FUNDING EDUCATION. (a) A federal tax rate of 21 percent shall be established on the sale of Marijuana with all funds going to the Department of Education (b) Appropriations for the following sections of the Comprehensive Educational Reform Act with Marijuana sales fees: (1) Section 3: $3,000,000,000 (2) Section 4: $100,000,000 (3) Section 5: $5,000,000,000 (4) Section 6: $1,000,000,000 (5) Section 7: $25,000,000 (6) Section 8: $10,000,000 (7) Section 11: $200,000,000 (c) Additionally $3,000,000,000 will be devoted to the creation of career/technical/vocational education, work experience, and apprenticeship programs in public high schools. (d) All additional funds raised from Marijuana sales fees shall be appropriated at the discretion of the Department of Education. (e) If for whatever reason Marijuana sales fees are insufficient to pay the full appropriations allocated in the Comprehensive Educational Reform Act then remittance tax fees will increase by the needed amount temporarily until Marijuana sales fee revenue can offset the difference upon which the remittance tax will return to the 10 percent rate. SECTION. 17. CONSTITUTIONAL PASSAGE. The bill shall go into effect upon its constitutional passage.
  6. Phillip Huffines

    Comprehensive Educational Reform Act

    Plain English Summary: The bill does the following: Provide school choice for children of families 150% and below of the federal poverty line with an appropriated $3,000,000,000 to cover public schools for loss of students Reauthorize funding for armed security in public schools Allocates $5,000,000,000 for an Early College Federal Pell Grant program for high school students to earn college credit in early college high schools, community colleges, or online college courses Allocates $1,000,000,000 in grants for the preparation of career and technical educators Allocates $3,000,000,000 for the creation of career/technical/vocational education, work experience, and apprenticeship programs in public high schools Guarantees loans for school food facility expenses in excess of $500 Provides fund matching for the training of school food service personnel Allows individuals with college debts to voluntarily delay social security benefits in exchange for college debt forgiveness Enacts a pilot program for the formerly incarcerated to attend college at up to 25 different historically black colleges upon re-entry into the general public Allows Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 funding to be used on violence prevention and mental health initiatives Ends and prevents future federal control of specific instructional content, academic standards and assessments, curricula, accountability systems, or programs of instruction. Ending Common Core, federal testing requirements, and allowing local governments to set their own standards as they see best fit. The creation of a 10% tax on remittances to fund public school teacher pay raises giving roughly an increase of $4,317 per teacher in the United States The ending of federal Marijuana prohibition and the establishment of a 21% federal Marijuana sales tax to fund all appropriated funds in the bill and lend excess funds the Department of Education to appropriate at their own discretion. The creation of at least 300,000 jobs with the allowed expansion of the legal Marijuana industry IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Mr. Huffines (For himself, Mr. King, Mr. Garrett, Ms. Gabbard, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Rogers, Mr. Barletta, Mr. Faso, Mr. Hill, Mr. Alexander, and Mr. Biggs) introduced the following bill; A BILL To comprehensively reform K-12 education and higher learning in the United States. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the “Comprehensive Educational Reform Act”. SECTION 2. Table of Contents. Section 1: Short Title Section 2: Table of Contents Section 3: State Educational Agency Grants to Eligible Children Section 4: Grant Program for School Security Section 5: Early College Federal Pell Grant Section 6: Partnership Grants for the Preparation of Career and Technical Education Teachers Section 7: Loan Guarantees and Grants to Finance Certain Improvements to School Lunch Facilities Section 8: Training and Technical Assistance For Food Service Personnel Section 9: Student Security Loan Forgiveness Program Section 10: Optional Delayed Eligibility For Old Age Insurance Benefits Sections 11: Offender Education Re-Entry Pilot Program Section 12: Violence Prevention and Mental Health Support Section 13: Decentralization in Academic Standards Section 14: Remittance Fees For Teacher Pay Raise Section 15: Application of the Controlled Substances Act to Marijuana Section 16: Marijuana Sales Fees For Funding Education Section 17: Constitutional Passage SECTION. 3. STATE EDUCATIONAL AGENCY GRANTS TO ELIGIBLE CHILDREN. (a) In General.—Part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311 et seq.) is amended to read as follows: “PART A—STATE EDUCATIONAL AGENCY GRANTS TO ELIGIBLE CHILDREN “SEC. 1111. ALLOCATIONS TO STATES. “(a) In General.—For each fiscal year, the Secretary shall allocate the amount appropriated to carry out this part among State education agencies based on the number of eligible children residing in each State. “(b) Eligible Child.—In this section, the term ‘eligible child’ means a child aged 5 to 18, inclusive, from a family with an income at or below 150 percent of the poverty level on the basis of the most recent satisfactory data published by the Department of Commerce. “(c) Criteria Of Poverty.—In determining the families with incomes at or below 150 percent of the poverty level for the purposes of this section, a State educational agency shall use the criteria of poverty used by the Census Bureau in compiling the most recent decennial census, as the criteria have been updated by increases in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “SEC. 1112. FUNDS FOLLOWING ELIGIBLE CHILDREN. “(a) Calculation Of Per Pupil Amount.—For each fiscal year, the State educational agency shall calculate the per pupil amount by dividing the amount made available to the agency under section 1111 by the number of eligible children (as defined in section 1111(b)) residing in the State. “(b) Use Of Funds.—Each State educational agency shall use each per pupil amount calculated under subsection (a) for qualified elementary, secondary education, or home schooling expenses and in a manner directed by State law. “(c) Funds Distributed To Parents.—In a case in which State law directs a State educational agency to distribute all or a portion of a per pupil amount to a parent of an eligible child, the agency also shall determine, consistent with State law, how the agency will verify that funds are being used in accordance with this section and whether to require the parent to establish an educational savings account or other dedicated account to maintain such funds. “(d) Definition.—In this section, the term ‘qualified elementary and secondary education expenses’, when used with respect to a child, means any of the following: “(1) Expenses within the budget of the local educational agency having jurisdiction over the geographic area in which the child resides. “(2) Expenses within the budget of the public or charter school the child may attend without paying tuition or fees. “(3) Tuition and fees required to be paid in order for the child to attend a public or charter school in the State in which the child resides. “(4) Tuition and fees required to be paid in order for the child to attend an accredited or otherwise State-approved private school in the State in which the child resides. “(5) Fees required to be paid for the child to participate in a State-approved supplemental educational services program. SECTION. 4. GRANT PROGRAM FOR SCHOOL SECURITY. Part AA of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (34 U.S.C. 10551 et seq.) is amended— (1) in section 2701 (34 U.S.C. 10551)— (A) in subsection (a), by striking “, including the placement and use of metal detectors and other deterrent measures, ” and inserting “through evidence-based training, technology, and equipment and technical assistance to prevent violence”; (B) in subsection (b)— (i) by striking paragraphs (2) and (3); (ii) by redesignating paragraph (1) as paragraph (2); (iii) by inserting before paragraph (2), as so redesignated, the following: “(1) Evidence-based training to prevent student violence against others and self, including training for local law enforcement officers, school personnel, and students.”; (iv) in paragraph (2), as so redesignated, by striking “Placement” and inserting the following: “Evidence-based technology and equipment to improve school security and prevent school violence, including— “(i) the development and operation of anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence, including mobile telephone applications, hotlines, and Internet websites; and “(ii) placement”; (v) by redesignating paragraphs (4) and (5) as paragraphs (3) and (4), respectively; (vi) in paragraph (3), as so redesignated— (I) by inserting “evidence-based school threat assessment and” after “operation of”; (II) by inserting “and school personnel,” after “law enforcement agencies”; and (III) by striking “specialized” and inserting “evidence-based”; and (vii) by striking paragraph (6); (C) by redesignating subsections (c) through (f) as subsections (d) through (g), respectively; (D) by inserting after subsection (b) the following: “(c) Contracts And Subawards.—A State, unit of local government, or Indian tribe may, in using a grant under this part for purposes authorized under subsection (b), use the grant to contract with or make one or more subawards to one or more— “(1) schools or local education agencies; “(2) nonprofit organizations; or “(3) units of local government or tribal organizations.”; (E) in subsection (e), as so redesignated— (i) in paragraph (1), by striking “50 percent” and inserting “75 percent”; and (ii) by striking paragraph (3); and (F) in subsection (f), as so redesignated, by adding at the end the following: “In awarding grants under this part, the Director shall also ensure, to the extent practicable and consistent with the individualized needs of each school at which improvements are to be made, an equitable distribution, in the aggregate, of funds among the uses specified in subsection (b).”; (2) in section 2702 (34 U.S.C. 10552)— (A) in subsection (a)— (i) in paragraph (1)— (I) in subparagraph (A), by inserting “, including the process used by the applicant to identify and assess evidence-based programs, practices, technology, or equipment to be funded under the grant” after “grant”; and (II) in subparagraph (B), by striking “and” at the end; (ii) in paragraph (2)— (I) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A)— (aa) by striking “individuals not limited to”; (bb) by inserting “and other relevant individuals” after “officers”; and (cc) by striking “child psychologists” and inserting “licensed mental health professionals”; and (II) in subparagraph (B), by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon; and (iii) by adding at the end the following: “(3) include an assurance that the applicant shall maintain and report such data, records, and information (programmatic and financial) as the Director may reasonably require; and “(4) include a certification, made in a form acceptable to the Director, that— “(A) the programs to be funded by the grant meet all the requirements of this part; “(B) all the information contained in the application is correct; and “(C) the applicant will comply with all provisions of this part and all other applicable Federal laws.”; and (B) in subsection (b), by striking “this part” and inserting “the STOP School Violence Act of 2018”; (3) in section 2703 (34 U.S.C. 10553)— (A) in the section heading, by inserting “; GRANT ACCOUNTABILITY” after “CONGRESS”; (B) by striking “Not later” and inserting the following: “(a) Annual Report.—Not later”; and (C) by adding at the end the following: “(b) Grant Accountability.—Section 3026 (relating to grant accountability) shall apply to grants awarded by the Director under this part. For purposes of the preceding sentence, any references in section 3026 to the Attorney General shall be considered references to the Director and any references in that section to part LL shall be considered references to part AA.”; (4) in section 2704 (34 U.S.C. 10554)— (A) in paragraph (1)— (i) by striking “a public” and inserting “an”; and (ii) by inserting “, including a Bureau-funded school (as defined in section 1141 of the Education Amendments of 1978 (25 U.S.C. 2021))” after “secondary school”; (B) in paragraph (2), by striking “and” at the end; (C) in paragraph (3), by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon; and (D) by adding at the end the following: “(4) the term ‘evidence-based’ means a program, practice, technology, or equipment that— “(A) demonstrates a statistically significant effect on relevant outcomes based on— “(i) strong evidence from not less than 1 well-designed and well-implemented experimental study; “(ii) moderate evidence from not less than 1 well-designed and well-implemented quasi-experimental study; or “(iii) promising evidence from not less than 1 well-designed and well-implemented correlational study with statistical controls for selection bias; “(B) demonstrates a rationale based on high-quality research findings or positive evaluation that such program, practice, technology, or equipment is likely to improve relevant outcomes, and includes ongoing efforts to examine the effects of the program, practice, technology, or equipment; or “(C) in the case of technology or equipment, demonstrates that use of the technology or equipment is— “(i) consistent with best practices for school security, including— “(I) applicable standards for school security established by a Federal or State government agency; and “(II) findings and recommendations of public commissions and task forces established to make recommendations or set standards for school security; and “(ii) compliant with all applicable codes, including building and life safety codes; and “(5) the term ‘tribal organization’ has the same meaning given the term in section 4(l) of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5304(l)).”; and (5) in section 2705— (A) by striking “There are” and inserting the following: “(a) In General.—There are”; (B) by striking “part $30,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2001 through 2009” and inserting the following: “part— “(1) $75,000,000 for fiscal year 2019; and “(2) $100,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2028.”; and (C) by adding at the end the following: “(b) Offset.—Any funds appropriated under this section may be offset by an equal reduction in the funds appropriated, if any, for the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative of the National Institute of Justice. “(c) Rules Of Construction.— “(1) None of the funds appropriated to carry out this part may be used to provide firearms or training in the use of firearms. “(2) Nothing in this part shall be construed to prohibit any other existing or future law from permitting or funding the provision of firearms or training in the use of firearms.”. SECTION. 5. EARLY COLLEGE FEDERAL PELL GRANT. Section 401 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070a) is amended by adding at the end the following: “(k) Early College Federal Pell Grants.— “(1) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding the requirement under section 484(a)(1) that a student not been enrolled in an elementary or secondary school to be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant under this section, for the award years beginning on July 1, 2020, and ending on June 30, 2028, the Secretary shall carry out a program to award Early College Federal Pell Grants to eligible students to support enrollment in, and completion of, postsecondary courses offered through an early college high school, community college, or online college course. “(2) MAXIMUM PERIOD FOR EARLY COLLEGE FEDERAL PELL GRANTS.—An eligible student may receive an Early College Federal Pell Grant under this subsection in an amount equal to the cost of not more than 4 full-time postsecondary semesters, or the equivalent of 4 full-time postsecondary semesters, as determined by the Secretary by regulation, while enrolled in postsecondary courses offered by an early college high school, community college, or online college course. “(3) COUNTING OF AWARDS FOR PURPOSES OF FEDERAL PELL GRANTS.— “(A) IN GENERAL.—An Early College Federal Pell Grant received under this subsection shall be counted toward the maximum period for which a student may receive Federal Pell Grants under this section, as provided under subsection (c)(5). “(B) WAIVER.—The Secretary may waive the requirement under subparagraph (A) on a case-by-case basis for any student demonstrating evidence of a credible disruption or redirection in course of study necessitating additional time to complete a postsecondary degree or credential. “(4) TERMS AND CONDITIONS.— “(A) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in this subsection, an Early College Federal Pell Grant received under this subsection shall have the same terms and conditions, and be awarded in the same manner, as Federal Pell Grants awarded under this section. “(B) AMOUNT.—The Secretary shall pay an eligible institution that is engaged in a partnership as part of an early college high school, community college, or online college course an amount equal to the cost of tuition, fees, and books for each “(C) ELIGIBLE STUDENT.—The term ‘eligible student’ means a student enrolled at an early college high school, community college, or with an online college course who, if such student met the requirements of section 484 for eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant, would be awarded a Federal Pell Grant after the determination of the expected family contribution for such student. SECTION. 6. PARTNERSHIP GRANTS FOR THE PREPARATION OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS. Section 202 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1022a) is amended— (1) by redesignating subsections (f) through (k) as subsections (g) through (l), respectively; (2) in subsection (b)— (A) in paragraph (1), by inserting “and career and technical education teachers” after “early childhood educators”; and (B) in paragraph (6)(C), by striking “subsection (f) or (g)” and inserting “subsection (g) or (h)”; (3) in subsection (c)— (A) in paragraph (1), by inserting “a program for the preparation of career and technical education teachers under subsection (f),” after “subsection (e),”; and (B) in paragraph (2), by striking “subsection (f)” and inserting “subsection (g)”; and (4) by inserting after subsection (e) the following: “(f) Partnership Grants For The Preparation Of Career And Technical Education Teachers.— “(1) IN GENERAL.—An eligible partnership that receives a grant under this section to carry out a program for the preparation of career and technical education teachers shall establish an effective secondary school career and technical education teacher preparation program that shall be— “(A) available to mid-career professionals or recent graduates of an institution of higher education, who have expertise in a program area in which a skilled career and technical education teacher shortage has been identified through a needs assessment described in paragraph (2); “(B) an opportunity for program participants to obtain initial licensure based on State requirements and the basic skills required for entry into the education profession, and the option of earning a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree; and “(C) an opportunity for program participants who are current educators and who do not have subject matter expertise in a career and technical education field identified through the needs assessment under paragraph (2) to receive technical skills training to be able to effectively teach in a classroom setting the career and technical skills identified in such assessment based on industry standards. “(2) NEEDS ASSESSMENT.—Each of the partners in an eligible partnership that receives a grant under this section to carry out a program for the preparation of career and technical education teachers shall conduct a needs assessment— “(A) with respect to the preparation, ongoing training, professional development, and retention of career and technical education teachers in program areas linked to the education and skill needs of the local or regional economy; and “(B) that takes into account the current needs of a State, local, or regional market, as well as trends identified in section 102(b)(1)(B) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. “(3) PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY, APPLICATION, AND SELECTION.— “(A) PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY.—In order to be eligible to participate in a career and technical education teacher preparation program under this subsection, an individual— “(i) shall— “(I) have at least a bachelor's degree; “(II) have an active industry-recognized credential in a technical profession if the eligible partnership determines that the program leading to the credential is of high quality, and meets the State’s minimum requirements for career and technical education teachers in the field, based either on years of related work experience or a number of specified hours in the field; or “(III) be a former member of the Armed Forces with a Department of Defense recognized active technical credential; and “(ii) may be a licensed teacher with a need for technical skills training. “(B) APPLICATION AND SELECTION.— “(i) APPLICATION.—Each eligible individual described in subparagraph (A) who desires to participate in the career and technical education teacher preparation program under this subsection shall submit an application to the eligible partnership. “(ii) SELECTION.— “(I) IN GENERAL.—Each eligible partnership shall select applicants for participation in the career and technical education teacher preparation program based on the career and technical education program needs of any high-need local educational agencies in the partnership. “(II) REQUIREMENT FOR VACANT POSITIONS.—Any vacant career and technical educator positions or positions with a demonstrated connection to the needs assessment described in paragraph (2) within the high-need local educational agency in an eligible partnership that receives a grant under this section to carry out a program for the preparation of career and technical education teachers shall be filled with career and technical education teacher preparation program participants. “(iii) RECRUITMENT.—An eligible partnership may develop and implement a teacher recruitment program to invite eligible individuals to participate in the career and technical education program. “(4) REQUIRED CLINICAL EXPERIENCE COMPONENTS.—Each career and technical education teacher preparation program carried out under this subsection shall include the following program components: “(A) Training in pedagogy, including classroom management, lesson planning, student learning methods, and academic and career and technical education content integration. “(B) Training in using empirically based practice and scientifically valid research in classroom instruction. “(C) Necessary preparation to obtain a teaching license based on State licensing requirements in the State in which the partnership operates, prior to entering the classroom. “(D) Literacy training for incorporating technical texts into the classroom. “(E) At least 1 year of clinical experience concurrent with the pre-classroom training program. “(F) Training to effectively teach technical skills to industry standards in a classroom setting. “(G) For licensed teachers, technical skills and pedagogical training related to the career and technical education program they are intending to teach. “(5) REQUIRED PRE-SERVICE COMPONENTS.—Each career and technical education teacher preparation program carried out under this subsection shall require— “(A) program participants, after completing pre-classroom training and who have at least State recognized provisional licensure to teach, to be paired with a mentor teacher with expertise in teaching the same or similar content for a period of not less than 2 years within the same school or school district, if available, and, if not available, the program shall specify how the program participant will be mentored; and “(B) continuing professional development coursework for such program participants over the course of 3 years to ensure that such teachers— “(i) are able to understand and implement research-based teaching practices in classroom instruction; “(ii) have knowledge of student learning methods; “(iii) are data-literate to continuously, effectively, and ethically access, interpret, act on, and communicate multiple types of data from State, local, classroom, and other sources to improve outcomes for students in a manner appropriate to educators’ professional roles and responsibilities; “(iv) possess skills to analyze student academic and technical achievement data and other measures of student learning, and use such data and measures to improve classroom instruction; “(v) possess the skills to develop, implement, and utilize interim and formative assessments to improve classroom instruction; “(vi) possess teaching skills and an understanding of effective instructional strategies across the technical and all applicable academic content areas that enable such teachers to— “(I) meet the specific learning needs of all students, including students with disabilities, students who are limited English proficient, students who are gifted and talented, and students with low literacy levels; and “(II) differentiate instruction for such students; “(vii) possess strategies for incorporating content from non-career and technical education courses and standards for college and career into career and technical education courses; “(viii) are able to effectively participate as a member of an individualized education program team, as defined in section 614(d)(1)(B) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; and “(ix) are able to successfully employ effective strategies for literacy instruction in technical coursework. “(6) AGREEMENT TO SERVE.— “(A) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in subparagraph (B), each career and technical education teacher preparation program carried out under this subsection shall require program participants to serve as a full-time career and technical education teacher in a high-need local educational agency that is a part of the eligible partnership for a total of not less than 3 academic years immediately after successfully completing the pre-classroom training program component. “(B) SERVING LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCIES OUTSIDE OF THE PARTNERSHIP.—If there are no full-time career and technical education teacher positions in a high-need local educational agency that is a part of the eligible partnership, a program participant may fulfill the service requirement under subparagraph (A) through serving as a full-time career and technical education teacher in a high-need local educational agency that is not a part of the eligible partnership. “(C) CERTIFICATION OF EMPLOYMENT.—A program participant under this subsection shall provide the eligible partnership with certification of the employment that is required under this paragraph. “(7) STIPENDS OR SALARIES; APPLICATIONS; REPAYMENTS.— “(A) STIPENDS OR SALARIES.—A career and technical education teacher preparation program under this subsection shall provide a one-year living stipend or salary to program participants during the pre-classroom training program component. “(B) APPLICATIONS FOR STIPENDS OR SALARIES.—Each career and technical education teacher preparation program participant desiring a stipend or salary during the pre-classroom training program component shall submit an application to the eligible partnership at such time, and containing such information and assurances, as the eligible partnership may require. “(C) REPAYMENTS.— “(i) IN GENERAL.—A grantee carrying out a career and technical education teacher preparation program under this subsection shall require a recipient of a stipend or salary under subparagraph (A) who does not complete, or who notifies the partnership that the recipient intends not to complete, the service obligation required by paragraph (6) to repay such stipend or salary to the eligible partnership, together with interest, at a rate specified by the partnership in the agreement, and in accordance with such other terms and conditions specified by the eligible partnership, as necessary. “(ii) OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS.—Any other terms and conditions specified by the eligible partnership may include reasonable provisions for pro rata repayment of the stipend or salary described in subparagraph (A) or for deferral of a program participant's service obligation required by paragraph (6), on grounds of health, incapacitation, inability to secure employment as a full-time career and technical education teacher, being called to active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States, or other extraordinary circumstances. “(iii) USE OF REPAYMENTS.—An eligible partnership shall use any repayment received under this subparagraph to carry out additional activities that are consistent with the purposes of this subsection. “(8) REPORTS; PARENTS RIGHT-TO-KNOW; DEVELOPMENT OF PERFORMANCE MEASURES.— “(A) ANNUAL REPORT.—An eligible partnership that receives a grant under this section to carry out a program for the preparation of career and technical education teachers shall submit to the Secretary and make publicly available, at such time and in such manner as the Secretary may require, an annual report that includes— “(i) data on the eligible partnership’s progress on the performance measures described in section 204(a); and “(ii) a description of the challenges the eligible partnership has faced in implementing the grant and how the eligible partnership has addressed or plans to address such challenges. “(B) PUBLICLY AVAILABLE.—Each eligible partnership that receives a grant under this section to carry out a program for the preparation of career and technical education teachers shall complete and make publicly available, not later than 90 days after the grant period for such eligible partnership ends, an evaluation based on the evaluation plan described in section 204(a). “(C) PARENTS RIGHT-TO-KNOW.—At the beginning of each school year, a high-need local educational agency that receives funds under this subsection shall— “(i) notify the parents of each student attending any school receiving funds under this subsection that the parents may request, and the agency will provide the parents on request (and in a timely manner), the information described in section 1111(h)(6)(A) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965; and “(ii) provide to each such parent the information and notice described in section 1111(h)(6)(B) of such Act. “(D) DEVELOPMENT OF PERFORMANCE MEASURES.—The Secretary shall develop performance measures prior to awarding grants under this section, with input and consultation of schools of education, school administrators, teachers, professional nonprofit technical and career organizations, and the opportunity for a 60-day public comment period. The Secretary shall ensure that such measures are made available to potential applicants prior to seeking applications for such grants.”. SECTION. 7. LOAN GUARANTEES AND GRANTS TO FINANCE CERTAIN IMPROVEMENTS TO SCHOOL LUNCH FACILITIES. The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act is amended by inserting after section 26 (42 U.S.C. 1769g) the following: “SEC. 27. LOAN GUARANTEES AND GRANTS TO FINANCE CERTAIN IMPROVEMENTS TO SCHOOL LUNCH FACILITIES. “(a) Definitions.—In this section: “(1) DURABLE EQUIPMENT.—The term ‘durable equipment’ means durable food preparation, handling, cooking, serving, and storage equipment greater than $500 in value. “(2) ELIGIBLE ENTITY.—The term ‘eligible entity’ means— “(A) a local educational agency or a school food authority administering or operating a school lunch program; “(B) a tribal organization; or “(C) a consortium that includes a local educational agency or school food authority described in subparagraph (A), a tribal organization, or both. “(3) INFRASTRUCTURE.—The term ‘infrastructure’ means a food storage facility, kitchen, food service facility, cafeteria, dining room, or food preparation facility. “(4) LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCY.—The term ‘local educational agency’ has the meaning given the term in section 8101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801). “(5) SCHOOL FOOD AUTHORITY.—The term ‘school food authority’ has the meaning given the term in section 210.2 of title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (or any successor regulation). “(6) TRIBAL ORGANIZATION.—The term ‘tribal organization’ has the meaning given the term in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5304). “(b) Loan Guarantees For Assistance To Schools For Infrastructure Improvements And Durable Equipment Necessary To Provide Healthy Meals Through School Lunch Programs.— “(1) AUTHORITY TO GUARANTEE LOANS.—The Secretary shall issue a loan guarantee to an eligible entity for purposes of financing the construction, remodeling, or expansion of infrastructure or the purchase of durable equipment that the Secretary determines will assist the eligible entity in providing healthy meals through a school lunch program. “(2) COMPETITIVE BASIS.—Subject to paragraph (3), the Secretary shall select eligible entities to receive a loan guarantee under this subsection on a competitive basis. “(3) PREFERENCES.—In issuing a loan guarantee under this subsection, the Secretary shall give a preference to an eligible entity that, as compared with other eligible entities seeking a loan guarantee under this subsection, the Secretary determines demonstrates substantial or disproportionate— “(A) need for infrastructure improvement; or “(B) durable equipment need or impairment. “(4) OVERSIGHT.—The Secretary shall establish procedures to enable the Secretary to oversee the construction, remodeling, or expansion of infrastructure or the purchase of durable equipment for which a loan guarantee is issued under this subsection. “(5) GUARANTEE AMOUNT.—A loan guarantee issued under this subsection may not guarantee more than 80 percent of the principal amount of the loan. “(6) FEES.—The Secretary shall establish fees with respect to loan guarantees under this subsection that, as determined by the Secretary— “(A) are sufficient to cover all the administrative costs to the Federal Government for the operation of the program; “(B) may be in the form of an application or transaction fee, or interest rate adjustment; and “(C) may be based on the risk premium associated with the loan or loan guarantee, taking into consideration— “(i) the price of Treasury obligations of a similar maturity; “(ii) prevailing market conditions; “(iii) the ability of the eligible infrastructure project to support the loan guarantee; and “(iv) the total amount of the loan guarantee. “(7) FUNDING.— “(A) IN GENERAL.—To provide loan guarantees under this subsection, the Secretary shall reserve $300,000,000 of the loan guarantee authority remaining and unobligated as of the date of enactment of the Comprehensive Educational Reform Act under the program of community facility guaranteed loans under section 306(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1926(a)). “(B) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.—The Secretary may use not more than 5 percent of the amount made available to carry out this subsection for each fiscal year to provide technical assistance to applicants and prospective applicants in preparing applications and creating financing packages that leverage a mix of public and private funding sources. “(c) Equipment Grants.— “(1) AUTHORITY TO MAKE GRANTS.—Beginning in fiscal year 2020 and subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary shall make grants, on a competitive basis, to eligible entities to assist the eligible entities in purchasing the durable equipment and infrastructure needed to serve healthier meals and improve food safety. “(2) PRIORITY.—In awarding grants under this subsection, the Secretary shall give priority to— “(A) eligible entities in States that have enacted comparable statutory grant funding mechanisms or that have otherwise appropriated funds to assist eligible entities in purchasing the durable equipment and infrastructure needed to serve healthier meals and improve food safety, as determined by the Secretary; and “(B) eligible entities that have identified and are reasonably expected to meet an unmet local or community need, including through— “(i) a public-private partnership or partnership with a food pantry or other low-income assistance agency; or “(ii) the provision for or allowance of kitchen or cafeteria usage by related or outside community organizations. “(3) FEDERAL SHARE.— “(A) IN GENERAL.—The Federal share of costs for assistance funded through a grant awarded under this subsection shall not exceed 80 percent of the total cost of the durable equipment or infrastructure. “(B) MATCHING.—As a condition on receiving a grant under this subsection, an eligible entity shall provide matching support in the form of cash or in-kind contributions. “(C) WAIVER.—The Secretary may waive or vary the requirements of subparagraphs (A) and (B) if the Secretary determines that undue hardship or effective exclusion from participation in the grant program under this subsection would otherwise result. “(4) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.— “(A) IN GENERAL.—There are authorized to be appropriated $25,000,000 to carry out this subsection for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2028. “(B) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.—The Secretary may use not more than 5 percent of the amount made available to carry out this subsection for each fiscal year to provide technical assistance to applicants and prospective applicants in preparing applications and creating financing packages that leverage a mix of public and private funding sources.”. SECTION. 8. TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR SCHOOL FOOD SERVICE PERSONNEL. The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act is amended by inserting after section 21 (42 U.S.C. 1769b–1) the following: “SEC. 21A. TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR SCHOOL FOOD SERVICE PERSONNEL. “(a) In General.—The Secretary shall carry out a grant program under which the Secretary shall award grants, on a competitive basis, to provide support to eligible third-party training institutions described in subsection (b) to develop and administer training and technical assistance for school food service personnel to meet nutrition standards under section 4(b)(3) and improve efficacy and efficiency of the school lunch program under this Act and the school breakfast program established by section 4 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1773). “(b) Eligible Third-Party Institutions Defined.—For purposes of this section, the term ‘eligible third-party institution’ means— “(1) a nonprofit organization with demonstrated experience in food or nutrition services training and technical assistance; “(2) an institution of higher education as defined in section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1002); “(3) an area career and technical education school as defined in section 3 of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2302); or “(4) a consortium of entities described in paragraphs (1), (2), and (3). “(c) Criteria For Eligible Third-Party Institutions.—The Secretary shall establish specific criteria that eligible third-party training institutions shall meet to qualify to receive grants under this section, which shall include— “(1) a demonstrated capacity to administer effective training and technical assistance programming to school food service personnel; “(2) prior, successful experience in providing or engaging in training and technical assistance programming or applied research activities involving eligible entities, school food service administrators, or directors; “(3) prior, successful experience in developing relevant educational training tools or course materials or curricula on topics addressing child and school nutrition or the updated nutrition standards under section 4(b)(3); and “(4) the ability to deliver effective and cost-efficient training and technical assistance programming to school food service personnel— “(A) at training sites that are located within a proximate geographic distance to schools, central kitchens, or other worksites; or “(B) through an online training and assistance program on topics that do not require in-person attendance. “(d) Program Assistance.—The Secretary shall assist the institutions receiving grants under this section in publicizing and disseminating training and other project materials and online tools to the maximum extent practicable. “(e) Federal Share.— “(1) IN GENERAL.—The Federal share of costs for training and technical assistance funded through a grant awarded under this section shall not exceed 80 percent of the total cost of the training and technical assistance. “(2) MATCHING.—As a condition of receiving a grant under this section, the eligible third-party training institution shall provide matching support in the form of cash or in-kind contributions. “(f) Oversight.—The Secretary shall establish procedures to enable the Secretary— “(1) to oversee the administration and operation of training and technical assistance funded through grants awarded under this section; and “(2) to ensure that the training and assistance is operated consistent with the goals and requirements of this Act. “(g) Authorization Of Appropriations.— “(1) IN GENERAL.—There are authorized to be appropriated $10,000,000 to carry out this section for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2028. “(2) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.—The Secretary may use not more than 5 percent of the amount made available to carry out this section for each fiscal year to provide technical assistance to applicants and prospective applicants in preparing applications and creating financing packages that leverage a mix of public and private funding sources.”. SECTION. 9. STUDENT SECURITY LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM. Section 455 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1087e) is amended by adding at the end the following: “(r) Student Security Loan Forgiveness Program.— “(1) PROGRAM AUTHORIZED.—Beginning not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of the Comprehensive Educational Reform Act the Secretary of Education, jointly with the Commissioner of Social Security, shall carry out a program under which the Secretary shall issue student loan forgiveness credits to qualified borrowers of eligible Federal Direct loans in exchange for delayed eligibility for old-age insurance benefits under title II of the Social Security Act (as amended by the Comprehensive Educational Reform Act) in accordance with this subsection. “(2) AGREEMENT REQUIRED.—To be eligible to participate in the program, a qualified borrower shall enter into a written agreement with the Secretary of Education and the Commissioner of Social Security under which the borrower— “(A) elects to receive a specified number of student loan forgiveness credits not greater than 73; and “(B) acknowledges the extent of the borrower’s delayed eligibility for old-age insurance benefits under title II of the Social Security Act (as amended by the Comprehensive Educational Reform Act) as a result of receiving such credits. “(3) TERMINATION.—No borrower may enter into an agreement under paragraph (2) unless such borrower was a qualified borrower on or before the date that is 15 years after the date of the enactment of the Comprehensive Educational Reform Act. “(4) COMBINATION WITH OTHER FORGIVENESS PROGRAMS.—Unless otherwise provided by law, a qualified borrower may combine forgiveness under this subsection with other forgiveness programs under this Act, except in no case shall the total amount of forgiveness received by a borrower under all such programs exceed the amount of Federal student loans owed by such borrower. “(5) DEFINITIONS.—In this section: “(A) DEFAULT.—The term ‘default’ has the meaning given the term in section 435(l). “(B) ELIGIBLE FEDERAL DIRECT LOAN.—The term ‘eligible Federal Direct loan’ means any loan made under this part, including any such loan on which the borrower has defaulted. “(C) INITIAL QUALIFYING DATE.—The term ‘initial qualifying date’ means the date that is 6 months after the date of the enactment of the Comprehenseive Educational Reform Act. “(D) QUALIFIED BORROWER.—The term ‘qualified borrower’— “(i) with respect to a borrower who seeks to enter into an agreement under paragraph (2) on or before the initial qualifying date, means a borrower of an eligible Federal Direct loan who is not entitled to collect old-age insurance benefits under title II of the Social Security Act as of the date of the agreement under paragraph (2), including a borrower who is a defaulted borrower; and “(ii) with respect to a borrower who seeks to enter into an agreement under paragraph (2) after the initial qualifying date, means— “(I) a borrower of an eligible Federal Direct loan who is not entitled to collect old-age insurance benefits under title II of the Social Security Act as of the date of the agreement under paragraph (2), including a borrower who is a defaulted borrower; and “(II) who was eligible for a deferment under subsection (f)(2)(A) at any time during the five-year period preceding the date of the agreement under paragraph (2). “(E) STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS CREDIT.—The term ‘student loan forgiveness credit’ means the cancellation of the obligation of a qualified borrower to repay $550 in eligible Federal Direct loans in exchange for delayed eligibility for old-age insurance benefits as specified in title II of the Social Security Act (as amended by the Comprehensive Educational Reform Act).”. SECTION. 10. OPTIONAL DELAYED ELIGIBILITY FOR OLD-AGE INSURANCE BENEFITS. (a) Retirement Age; Early Retirement Age.—Section 216(l) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 416(l)) is amended by adding at the end the following: “(4) Notwithstanding the preceding paragraphs of this subsection, in the case of an individual who receives one or more student loan forgiveness credits under section 455(r) of the Higher Education Act of 1965— “(A) the retirement age with respect to such individual shall be deemed to be— “(i) the retirement age determined with respect to such individual under paragraph (1); plus “(ii) a number of additional months equal to the number of student loan forgiveness credits received by the individual under such section 455(r); and “(B) the early retirement age with respect to such individual shall be deemed to be— “(i) the early retirement age determined with respect to such individual under paragraph (2); plus “(ii) a number of additional months equal to the number of student loan forgiveness credits received by the individual under such section 455(r).”. (b) Delayed Retirement Credits.—Section 202(w) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 402(w)) is amended by inserting after “age 70” each place it appears the following: “(or, in the case of an individual described in paragraph (4) of section 216(l), age 70 plus the number of additional months determined under subparagraph (A)(ii) of such paragraph)”. (c) Voluntary Suspension Of Benefits.—Section 202(z) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 402(z)) is amended by inserting after “the age of 70” the following: “(or, in the case of an individual described in paragraph (4) of section 216(l), the age of 70 plus the number of additional months determined under subparagraph (A)(ii) of such paragraph)”. SECTION. 11. OFFENDER EDUCATION RE-ENTRY PILOT PROGRAM. (a) Authorization.—The Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretary of Education, shall establish a pilot program for 5 years which makes grants to not more than 25 historically Black colleges and universities to provide educational programming to eligible offenders in order to facilitate re-entry into the community. (b) Application.—The chief executive officer of a historically Black college or university seeking a grant under this section shall submit to the Attorney General an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Attorney General may reasonably require. (c) Matching Funds.—The portion of the costs of a program provided by a grant under subsection (a) may not exceed 50 percent. The recipient of a grant under this section may meet the matching requirement under this subsection by making in-kind contributions of goods or services that are directly related to the purpose for which such grant was awarded. (d) Definitions.—In this section: (1) The term “educational programming” means— (A) general education development (GED) programming; or (B) educational courses which are transferable for course credit at that historically Black college or university. (2) The term “eligible offender” means an individual who was convicted of a criminal offense and— (A) has been released from incarceration for not longer than one year; or (B) is scheduled to be released from incarceration in not longer than one year. (3) The term “historically Black college or university” has the meaning given the term “part B institution” under section 322(2) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1061(2)). (4) The term “institution of higher education” has the meaning given that term in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001). (e) Prohibition On New Authorization Of Funds.—This section shall be carried out using amounts otherwise appropriated or made available to the Department of Justice. No additional funds are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section. SECTION. 12. VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT. (a) State Uses Of Funds.—Section 2101(c)(4)(B) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6611(c)(4)(B)) is amended— (1) by redesignating clause (xxi) as clause (xxiv); and (2) by inserting after clause (xx) the following: “(xxi) Supporting efforts to increase the professional development that is evidence-based (to the extent the State, in consultation with local educational agencies in the State, determines that such evidence is reasonably available) for teachers, principals, school leaders, and other school personnel in mental health awareness, violence prevention, crisis response, de-escalation techniques and anger management techniques, positive behavioral interventions and supports, bullying and harassment prevention, and other similar programs designed to reduce and prevent school violence. “(xxii) Assisting local educational agencies in— “(I) developing and implementing professional development that is evidence-based (to the extent the State, in consultation with local educational agencies in the State, determines that such evidence is reasonably available) on violence prevention programs and emergency response and notification systems; and “(II) improving school climate. “(xxiii) Developing agreements between local educational agencies, law enforcement agencies, and health agencies, including nonprofit, public, and private mental health agencies and institutions, to improve coordination of services and to identify, respond to, and prevent threats to the safety of students and school personnel.”. (b) Local Uses Of Funds.—Section 2103(b)(3) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6613(b)(3)) is amended— (1) in subparagraph (I)— (A) in clause (ii), by inserting “, including mental health services,” after “services”; and (B) in clause (iii), by striking “and public or private mental health organizations” and inserting “, public or private mental health organizations, and local law enforcement agencies, to improve the coordination of services and to identify, respond to, and prevent threats to the safety of students and school personnel”; (2) in subparagraph (O), by striking “and” after the semicolon; (3) by redesignating subparagraph (P) as subparagraph (R); and (4) by inserting after subparagraph (O) the following: “(P) reducing the ratio of students to counselors to improve the ability of schools to address the academic and social and emotional needs of students and school personnel through the recruiting and hiring of school-based mental health services providers, as defined in section 4102(6); “(Q) developing and implementing professional development that is evidence-based (to the extent the State, in consultation with local educational agencies in the State, determines that such evidence is reasonably available) for teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, school leaders, and other school personnel in violence prevention, mental health awareness, threat de-escalation methods, and positive behavioral interventions and supports, and supporting bullying and harassment prevention programs, and other similar programs designed to reduce and prevent school violence and improve the school climate for all students; and”. (c) Teacher And School Leader Incentive Fund Grants.—Section 2212(e)(2)(D) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6613(e)(2)(D)) is amended— (1) in clause (i)(III), by striking “or” after the semicolon; (2) in clause (ii), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; or”; and (3) by inserting after clause (ii) the following: “(iii) school-based mental health services providers (as defined in section 4102(6)) who improve the climate of the school.”. (d) Supporting Effective Educator Development.—Section 2242(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6672(a)) is amended— (1) in paragraph (1), by inserting “school-based mental health services providers (as defined in section 4102(6)),” after “teachers,”; and (2) in paragraph (5), by inserting “school-based mental health services providers (as defined in section 4102(6)),” after “teachers,”. “SECTION. 13. Decentralization IN ACADEMIC STANDARDS. “(a) In General.—No officer or employee of the Federal Government shall, through grants, contracts, or other cooperative agreements, mandate, direct, or control a State, local educational agency, or school’s specific instructional content, academic standards and assessments, curricula, or program of instruction (including any requirement, direction, or mandate to adopt the Common Core State Standards developed under the Common Core State Standards Initiative, any other academic standards common to a significant number of States, or any assessment, instructional content, or curriculum aligned to such standards), nor shall anything in this Act be construed to authorize such officer or employee to do so. “(b) No Requirement To Implement Assessments, Standards, Or Accountability Systems.—An officer or employee of the Federal Government shall not require a State educational agency, local educational agency, school, or Indian Tribe to implement an annual assessment, academic standard, or accountability system, or condition funds made available under this part upon such implementation.”. (b) Conforming Amendments.— (1) REPEAL OF STATE ASSESSMENT GRANTS.—Part B of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.) is repealed. (2) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—Section 1002 of such Act (20 U.S.C. 6302) is amended— (A) by striking the subsection heading for subsection (a) and inserting “State Educational Agency Grants For Eligible Children”; and (B) by striking subsection (b). SECTION. 14. REMITTANCE FEES FOR TEACHER PAY RAISE Section 920 of the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (relating to remittance transfers) (15 U.S.C. 1693o-1) is amended-- (1) by redesignating subsection (g) as subsection (h); and (2) by inserting after subsection (f) the following: ``(g) Teacher Pay Raise Remittance Fee Collection.-- ``(1) In general.-- ``(A) Fees.--If the designated recipient of a remittance transfer is located in a foreign country described in subparagraph (B), a remittance transfer provider shall collect from the sender of such remittance transfer a remittance fee equal to 10 percent of the United States dollar amount to be transferred (excluding any fees or other charges imposed by the remittance transfer provider). Except as provided in subparagraph (C), such remittance fees shall be submitted to the Treasury to be expended for the purpose of providing pay raises for public school teachers. ``(B) Foreign countries.--Subparagraph (A) shall apply to all foreign countries. ``(C) Costs.--For the 10-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this subsection, a remittance transfer provider may retain up to 2 percent of any remittance fees collected by such remittance transfer provider pursuant to subparagraph (A) to cover the costs of collecting and submitting such remittance fees. ``(2) Fee collection system.--Not later than March 31st, 2020, the Bureau, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of the Treasury, and remittance transfer providers, shall develop and make available a system for remittance transfer providers to-- ``(A) submit the remittance fees collected in accordance with paragraph (1)(A) to the Treasury; and ``(B) retain a portion of such remittance fees in accordance with paragraph (1)(C). ``(3) Penalties.-- ``(A) Whoever, with the intent to evade a remittance fee to be collected in accordance with this subsection, and who has knowledge that, at the time of a remittance transfer, the value of the funds involved in the transfer will be further transferred to a recipient located in a country listed in paragraph (1)(B), requests or facilitates such remittance transfer to a designated recipient in a country that is not listed in paragraph (1)(B) shall be subject to a penalty of not more than $500,000 or twice the value of the funds involved in the remittance transfer, whichever is greater, or imprisonment for not more than 20 years, or both. ``(B) Any foreign country that, in the joint determination of the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Secretary of State aids or harbors an individual conspiring to avoid the fee collected in accordance with this subsection shall be ineligible to receive foreign assistance and to participate in the visa waiver program or any other programs, at the discretion of the Secretaries described in this subparagraph.''. <all> SECTION. 15. APPLICATION OF THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT TO MARIJUANA. (a) In General.—Part A of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following: SEC. 2. DEREGULATION OF MARIJUANA. (a) Removed From Schedule Of Controlled Substances.—Subsection (c) of Schedule I of section 202(c) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812(c)) is amended— (1) by striking “marijuana”; and (2) by striking “tetrahydrocannabinols”. (b) Removal Of Prohibition On Import And Export.—Section 1010(b) of the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act (21 U.S.C. 960) is amended— (1) in paragraph (1)— (A) in subparagraph (F), by inserting “or” after the semicolon; (B) by striking subparagraph (G); and (C) by redesignating subparagraph (H) as subparagraph (G); (2) in paragraph (2)— (A) in subparagraph (F), by inserting “or” after the semicolon; (B) by striking subparagraph (G); and (C) by redesignating subparagraph (H) as subparagraph (G); (3) in paragraph (3), by striking “paragraphs (1), (2), and (4)” and inserting “paragraphs (1) and (2)”; (4) by striking paragraph (4); and (5) by redesignating paragraphs (5), (6), and (7) as paragraphs (4), (5), and (6), respectively. SEC. 4. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT. The Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) is amended— (1) in section 102(44) (21 U.S.C. 802(44)), by striking “marijuana,”; (2) in section 401(b) (21 U.S.C. 841(b))— (A) in paragraph (1)— (i) in subparagraph (A)— (I) in clause (vi), by inserting “or” after the semicolon; (II) by striking (vii); and (III) by redesignating clause (viii) as clause (vii); (ii) in subparagraph (B)— (I) by striking clause (vii); and (II) by redesignating clause (viii) as clause (vii); (iii) in subparagraph (C), by striking “subparagraphs (A), (B), and (D)” and inserting “subparagraphs (A) and (B)”; (iv) by striking subparagraph (D); (v) by redesignating subparagraph (E) as subparagraph (D); and (vi) in subparagraph (D)(i), as redesignated, by striking “subparagraphs (C) and (D)” and inserting “subparagraph (C)”; (B) by striking paragraph (4); and (C) by redesignating paragraphs (5), (6), and (7) as paragraphs (4), (5), and (6), respectively; (3) in section 402(c)(2)(B) (21 U.S.C. 842(c)(2)(B)), by striking “, marijuana,”; (4) in section 403(d)(1) (21 U.S.C. 843(d)(1)), by striking “, marijuana,”; (5) in section 418(a) (21 U.S.C. 859(a)), by striking the last sentence; (6) in section 419(a) (21 U.S.C. 860(a)), by striking the last sentence; (7) in section 422(d) (21 U.S.C. 863(d))— (A) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking "marijuana,”; and (B) in paragraph (5), by striking “, such as a marijuana cigarette,”; and (8) in section 516(d) (21 U.S.C. 886(d)), by striking “section 401(b)(6)” each place the term appears and inserting “section 401(b)(5)”. SECTION. 16. MARIJUANA SALES FEE FOR FUNDING EDUCATION. (a) A federal tax rate of 21 percent shall be established on the sale of Marijuana with all funds going to the Department of Education (b) Appropriations for the following sections of the Comprehensive Educational Reform Act with Marijuana sales fees: (1) Section 3: $3,000,000,000 (2) Section 4: $100,000,000 (3) Section 5: $5,000,000,000 (4) Section 6: $1,000,000,000 (5) Section 7: $25,000,000 (6) Section 8: $10,000,000 (7) Section 11: $200,000,000 (c) Additionally $3,000,000,000 will be devoted to the creation of career/technical/vocational education, work experience, and apprenticeship programs in public high schools. (d) All additional funds raised from Marijuana sales fees shall be appropriated at the discretion of the Department of Education. (e) If for whatever reason Marijuana sales fees are insufficient to pay the full appropriations allocated in the Comprehensive Educational Reform Act then remittance tax fees will increase by the needed amount temporarily until Marijuana sales fee revenue can offset the difference upon which the remittance tax will return to the 10 percent rate. SECTION. 17. CONSTITUTIONAL PASSAGE. The bill shall go into effect upon its constitutional passage.
  7. Phillip Huffines From the Office of Representative Phillip Huffines in Plano, Texas I in my time in the house have introduced many bills but this one that I introduce today has taken more work to write than anything else I have introduced. The bill, the Comprehensive Educational Reform Act, is one of the most ambitious reformations to the American education system in history. It also is one of the largest increases in investment to education in history. My vision was to create a bill that I believe is a compromise between ideological divides to give both liberals and conservatives a lot of things that they will like in the same bill. At the same time, I've worked funding of the bill to be that the average American family will not have to pay an extra dollar in taxes because of the passage of the bill while receiving all the benefits from it. I have shown President Fitzgerald the bill and he has expressed his willingness to sign the bill into law. He has said that it is something that we need right now and I agree. I ask now all members of congress take a look at the bill and consider supporting it so we can give the American people changes to the educational system that they deserve. The bill does the following: Provide school choice for children of families 150% and below of the federal poverty line with an appropriated $3,000,000,000 to cover public schools for loss of students Reauthorize funding for armed security in public schools Allocates $5,000,000,000 for an Early College Federal Pell Grant program for high school students to earn college credit in early college high schools, community colleges, or online college courses Allocates $1,000,000,000 in grants for the preparation of career and technical educators Allocates $3,000,000,000 for the creation of career/technical/vocational education, work experience, and apprenticeship programs in public high schools Guarantees loans for school food facility expenses in excess of $500 Provides fund matching for the training of school food service personnel Allows individuals with college debts to voluntarily delay social security benefits in exchange for college debt forgiveness Enacts a pilot program for the formerly incarcerated to attend college at up to 25 different historically black colleges upon re-entry into the general public Allows Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 funding to be used on violence prevention and mental health initiatives Ends and prevents future federal control of specific instructional content, academic standards and assessments, curricula, accountability systems, or programs of instruction. Ending Common Core, federal testing requirements, and allowing local governments to set their own standards as they see best fit. The creation of a 10% tax on remittances to fund public school teacher pay raises giving roughly an increase of $4,317 per teacher in the United States The ending of federal Marijuana prohibition and the establishment of a 21% federal Marijuana sales tax to fund all appropriated funds in the bill and lend excess funds the Department of Education to appropriate at their own discretion. The creation of at least 300,000 jobs with the allowed expansion of the legal Marijuana industry View full PR
  8. From the Office of Representative Phillip Huffines in Plano, Texas I in my time in the house have introduced many bills but this one that I introduce today has taken more work to write than anything else I have introduced. The bill, the Comprehensive Educational Reform Act, is one of the most ambitious reformations to the American education system in history. It also is one of the largest increases in investment to education in history. My vision was to create a bill that I believe is a compromise between ideological divides to give both liberals and conservatives a lot of things that they will like in the same bill. At the same time, I've worked funding of the bill to be that the average American family will not have to pay an extra dollar in taxes because of the passage of the bill while receiving all the benefits from it. I have shown President Fitzgerald the bill and he has expressed his willingness to sign the bill into law. He has said that it is something that we need right now and I agree. I ask now all members of congress take a look at the bill and consider supporting it so we can give the American people changes to the educational system that they deserve. The bill does the following: Provide school choice for children of families 150% and below of the federal poverty line with an appropriated $3,000,000,000 to cover public schools for loss of students Reauthorize funding for armed security in public schools Allocates $5,000,000,000 for an Early College Federal Pell Grant program for high school students to earn college credit in early college high schools, community colleges, or online college courses Allocates $1,000,000,000 in grants for the preparation of career and technical educators Allocates $3,000,000,000 for the creation of career/technical/vocational education, work experience, and apprenticeship programs in public high schools Guarantees loans for school food facility expenses in excess of $500 Provides fund matching for the training of school food service personnel Allows individuals with college debts to voluntarily delay social security benefits in exchange for college debt forgiveness Enacts a pilot program for the formerly incarcerated to attend college at up to 25 different historically black colleges upon re-entry into the general public Allows Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 funding to be used on violence prevention and mental health initiatives Ends and prevents future federal control of specific instructional content, academic standards and assessments, curricula, accountability systems, or programs of instruction. Ending Common Core, federal testing requirements, and allowing local governments to set their own standards as they see best fit. The creation of a 10% tax on remittances to fund public school teacher pay raises giving roughly an increase of $4,317 per teacher in the United States The ending of federal Marijuana prohibition and the establishment of a 21% federal Marijuana sales tax to fund all appropriated funds in the bill and lend excess funds the Department of Education to appropriate at their own discretion. The creation of at least 300,000 jobs with the allowed expansion of the legal Marijuana industry
  9. Mr. King for himself, with thanks to Mr. Huffines and Mr. Rubio introduce the following bill An Act To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the accountability of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents for this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. TITLE I--OFFICE OF ACCOUNTABILITY AND WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION Sec. 101. Establishment of Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection. Sec. 102. Protection of whistleblowers in Department of Veterans Affairs. Sec. 103. Report on methods used to investigate employees of Department of Veterans Affairs. TITLE II--ACCOUNTABILITY OF SENIOR EXECUTIVES, SUPERVISORS, AND OTHER EMPLOYEES Sec. 201. Improved authorities of Secretary of Veterans Affairs to improve accountability of senior executives. Sec. 202. Improved authorities of Secretary of Veterans Affairs to improve accountability of employees. Sec. 203. Reduction of benefits for Department of Veterans Affairs employees convicted of certain crimes. Sec. 204. Authority to recoup bonuses or awards paid to employees of Department of Veterans Affairs. Sec. 205. Authority to recoup relocation expenses paid to or on behalf of employees of Department of Veterans Affairs. Sec. 206. Time period for response to notice of adverse actions against supervisory employees who commit prohibited personnel actions. Sec. 207. Direct hiring authority for medical center directors and VISN directors. Sec. 208. Time periods for review of adverse actions with respect to certain employees. Sec. 209. Improvement of training for supervisors. Sec. 210. Assessment and report on effect on senior executives at Department of Veterans Affairs. Sec. 211. Measurement of Department of Veterans Affairs disciplinary process outcomes and effectiveness. TITLE I--OFFICE OF ACCOUNTABILITY AND WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION SEC. 101. ESTABLISHMENT OF OFFICE OF ACCOUNTABILITY AND WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION. (a) In General.--Chapter 3 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section: ``Sec. 323. Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection ``(a) Establishment.--There is established in the Department an office to be known as the `Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection' (in this section referred to as the `Office'). ``(b) Head of Office.--(1) The head of the Office shall be responsible for the functions of the Office and shall be appointed by the President pursuant to section 308(a) of this title. ``(2) The head of the Office shall be known as the `Assistant Secretary for Accountability and Whistleblower Protection'. ``(3) The Assistant Secretary shall report directly to the Secretary on all matters relating to the Office. ``(4) Notwithstanding section 308(b) of this title, the Secretary may only assign to the Assistant Secretary responsibilities relating to the functions of the Office set forth in subsection (c). ``(c) Functions.--(1) The functions of the Office are as follows: ``(A) Advising the Secretary on all matters of the Department relating to accountability, including accountability of employees of the Department, retaliation against whistleblowers, and such matters as the Secretary considers similar and affect public trust in the Department. ``(B) Issuing reports and providing recommendations related to the duties described in subparagraph (A). ``(C) Receiving whistleblower disclosures. ``(D) Referring whistleblower disclosures received under subparagraph (C) for investigation to the Office of the Medical Inspector, the Office of Inspector General, or other investigative entity, as appropriate, if the Assistant Secretary has reason to believe the whistleblower disclosure is evidence of a violation of a provision of law, mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety. ``(E) Receiving and referring disclosures from the Special Counsel for investigation to the Medical Inspector of the Department, the Inspector General of the Department, or such other person with investigatory authority, as the Assistant Secretary considers appropriate. ``(F) Recording, tracking, reviewing, and confirming implementation of recommendations from audits and investigations carried out by the Inspector General of the Department, the Medical Inspector of the Department, the Special Counsel, and the Comptroller General of the United States, including the imposition of disciplinary actions and other corrective actions contained in such recommendations. ``(G) Analyzing data from the Office and the Office of Inspector General telephone hotlines, other whistleblower disclosures, disaggregated by facility and area of health care if appropriate, and relevant audits and investigations to identify trends and issue reports to the Secretary based on analysis conducted under this subparagraph. ``(H) Receiving, reviewing, and investigating allegations of misconduct, retaliation, or poor performance involving-- ``(i) an individual in a senior executive position (as defined in section 713(d) of this title) in the Department; ``(ii) an individual employed in a confidential, policy- making, policy-determining, or policy-advocating position in the Department; or ``(iii) a supervisory employee, if the allegation involves retaliation against an employee for making a whistleblower disclosure. ``(I) Making such recommendations to the Secretary for disciplinary action as the Assistant Secretary considers appropriate after substantiating any allegation of misconduct or poor performance pursuant to an investigation carried out as described in subparagraph (F) or (H). ``(2) In carrying out the functions of the Office, the Assistant Secretary shall ensure that the Office maintains a toll-free telephone number and Internet website to receive anonymous whistleblower disclosures.
  10. Phillip Huffines

    Bipartisan Healthcare Act

    Mr. Speaker, I second the motion for uc I yield
  11. Phillip Huffines

    Technologies for Energy Security Act of 2018

    Mr. Speaker, I second the motion for uc I yield
  12. Phillip Huffines

    Hong Town Hall in Cedar Rapids

    Mr. Hong, Both of your opponents want to give affordable healthcare to illegal immigrants. Do you?
  13. Phillip Huffines

    Senate Debate: No US Funding of Overseas Abortions Act

    Mr. President, I second the motion for cloture I yield
  14. Phillip Huffines

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    Mr. Solin, What has the Democratic party learned from it's major defeats in 2018 and how has it changed since then?
  15. Phillip Huffines

    Senate Debate: Election Integrity Act

    Mr. President, I motion for cloture I yield
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