Subpart 4--General Provisions.Comprehensive Plan For Subparts 2 And 3.
(a) Comprehensive Plan.--
(1) In general.--After receiving input from interested individuals with relevant expertise, the Secretary shall develop and implement a comprehensive plan for activities carried out under subparts 2 and 3 in order to enhance the provision of early intervention services, educational services, related services, and transitional services to children with disabilities under parts B and C. To the extent practicable, the plan shall be coordinated with the plan developed pursuant to section 178(c) of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 and shall include mechanisms to address early intervention, educational, related service and transitional needs identified by State educational agencies in applications submitted for State personnel development grants under subpart 1 and for grants under subparts 2 and 3.
(2) Public comment.--The Secretary shall provide a public comment period of not less than 45 days on the plan.
(3) Distribution of funds.--In implementing the plan, the Secretary shall, to the extent appropriate, ensure that funds awarded under subparts 2 and 3 are used to carry out activities that benefit, directly or indirectly, children with the full range of disabilities and of all ages.
(4) Reports to congress.--The Secretary shall annually report to Congress on the Secretary's activities under subparts
2 and 3, including an initial report not later than 12 months after the date of enactment of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004.
(b) Assistance Authorized.--The Secretary is authorized to award grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with, eligible entities to enable the eligible entities to carry out the purposes of such subparts in accordance with the comprehensive plan described in subsection (a).
(c) Special Populations.--
(1) Application requirement.--In making an award of a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement under subpart 2 or 3, the Secretary shall, as appropriate, require an eligible entity to demonstrate how the eligible entity will address the needs of children with disabilities from minority backgrounds.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, the Secretary shall reserve not less than 2 percent of the total amount of funds appropriated to carry out subparts 2 and 3 for either or both of the following activities:
(A) Providing outreach and technical assistance to historically Black colleges and universities, and to institutions of higher education with minority enrollments of not less than 25 percent, to promote the participation of such colleges, universities, and institutions in activities under this subpart.
(B) Enabling historically Black colleges and universities, and the institutions described in subparagraph (A), to assist other colleges, universities, institutions, and agencies in improving educational and transitional results for children with disabilities, if the historically Black colleges and universities and the institutions of higher education described in subparagraph (A) meet the criteria established by the Secretary under this subpart.
(d) Priorities.--The Secretary, in making an award of a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement under subpart 2 or 3, may, without regard to the rulemaking procedures under section 553 of title 5, United States Code, limit competitions to, or otherwise give priority to--
(1) projects that address 1 or more--
(A) age ranges; (B) disabilities; (C) school grades; (D) types of educational placements or early intervention environments; (E) types of services; (F) content areas, such as reading; or (G) effective strategies for helping children with disabilities learn appropriate behavior in the school and other community based educational settings; (2) projects that address the needs of children based on the severity or incidence of their disability; (3) projects that address the needs of--
(A) low achieving students; (B) underserved populations; (C) children from low income families; (D) limited English proficient children; (E) unserved and underserved areas; (F) rural or urban areas; (G) children whose behavior interferes with their learning and socialization; (H) children with reading difficulties; (I) children in public charter schools; (J) children who are gifted and talented; or (K) children with disabilities served by local educational agencies that receive payments under title VIII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of
1965; (4) projects to reduce inappropriate identification of children as children with disabilities, particularly among minority children; (5) projects that are carried out in particular areas of the country, to ensure broad geographic coverage; (6) projects that promote the development and use of technologies with universal design, assistive technology devices, and assistive technology services to maximize children with disabilities" access to and participation in the general education curriculum; and (7) any activity that is authorized in subpart 2 or 3.
(e) Eligibility for Financial Assistance.--No State or local educational agency, or other public institution or agency, may receive a grant or enter into a contract or cooperative agreement under subpart 2 or 3 that relates exclusively to programs, projects, and activities pertaining to children aged 3 through 5, inclusive, unless the State is eligible to receive a grant under 20 USC 1419(b).
(Amended by P.L. 108-446, Sec. 681.)