HR 3720 IH
H. R. 3720
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. DELAY (for himself, Mr. KING, Mr. SOLOMON, Mr. LIVINGSTON, Mr. ARCHER, Mr. STUMP, Mr. DOOLITTLE, Mr. CUNNINGHAM, Mr. ROHRABACHER, Mr. PAUL, Mr. HERGER, Mr. CANADY of Florida, and Mr. HILLEARY) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
This Act may be cited as the `English for the Children Act'.
(a) REPEAL OF BILINGUAL EDUCATION ACT- The Bilingual Education Act (20 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.) is repealed.
(b) TERMINATION OF OFFICE OF BILINGUAL EDUCATION AND MINORITY LANGUAGES AFFAIRS-
(1) IN GENERAL- The Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs in the Department of Education is terminated.
(2) REPEAL OF CONFORMING PROVISIONS- Sections 209, 216, and 413(b)(1)(A) of the Department of Education Organization Act are repealed.
(c) UNOBLIGATED FUNDS- At the end of the transition period described in subsection (d)(2), the Secretary shall deposit in the general fund of the Treasury any funds that have not been awarded or obligated for grants under the Bilingual Education Act (20 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.).
(d) TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS-
(1) COMPLETION OF PROGRAMS DURING CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR- Subsection (a) shall not apply to any program under the Bilingual Education Act (20 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.) until completion of the most recent school year of the program that commences after the date of the enactment of this Act.
(2) ASSISTANCE FOR TRANSITION TO SPECIAL ALTERNATIVE INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS- During the 1-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Education may assist local educational agencies in the transition of children enrolled in programs assisted under the Bilingual Education Act (20 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.) to special alternative instructional programs (as such programs are described in section 7501 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7601) that do not make use of the native language of the student.
This Act shall not preempt any State law.
Nothing in this Act shall be construed as requiring that a State or local educational agency develop, implement, provide, or maintain a program of bilingual education.
Any consent decree entered into with a State, locality, or local educational agency and either the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, or the Department of Education that requires such State, locality, or local educational agency to develop, implement, provide, or maintain any form of bilingual education is void.
Except as provided in subsections (c) and (d) of section 2, this Act shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.