Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter VI. Partnerships with Business.


§ 38–1806.01. Purpose.

The purpose of this subchapter is:

(1) To leverage private sector funds utilizing initial Federal investments in order to provide students and teachers within the District of Columbia public schools and public charter schools with access to state-of-the-art educational technology;

(2) To establish a regional job training and employment center;

(3) To strengthen workforce preparation initiatives for students within the District of Columbia public schools and public charter schools;

(4) To coordinate private sector investments in carrying out this chapter; and

(5) To assist the Superintendent with the development of individual career paths in accordance with the long-term reform plan.


(Apr. 26, 1996, 110 Stat. 1321 [264], Pub. L. 104-134, § 2601.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 31-2853.61.


§ 38–1806.02. Duties of the Superintendent of the District of Columbia public schools.

The Superintendent is authorized to provide a grant to a private, nonprofit corporation that meets the eligibility criteria under § 38-1806.03 for the purposes of carrying out the duties under §§ 38-1806.04 and 38-1806.07.


(Apr. 26, 1996, 110 Stat. 1321 [265], Pub. L. 104-134, § 2602.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 31-2853.62.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 38-1806.03.


§ 38–1806.03. Eligibility criteria for private, nonprofit corporation.

A private, nonprofit corporation shall be eligible to receive a grant under § 38-1806.02 if the corporation is a national business organization incorporated in the District of Columbia, that:

(1) Has a board of directors which includes members who are also chief executive officers of technology-related corporations involved in education and workforce development issues;

(2) Has extensive practical experience with initiatives that link business resources and expertise with education and training systems;

(3) Has experience in working with State and local educational agencies throughout the United States with respect to the integration of academic studies with workforce preparation programs; and

(4) Has a nationwide structure through which additional resources can be leveraged and innovative practices disseminated.


(Apr. 26, 1996, 110 Stat. 1321 [265], Pub. L. 104-134, § 2603.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 31-2853.63.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 38-1806.02.


§ 38–1806.04. Duties of the private, nonprofit corporation.

(a) District Education and Learning Technologies Advancement Council. —

(1) Establishment. — The private, nonprofit corporation shall establish a council to be known as the “District Education and Learning Technologies Advancement Council” (in this subchapter referred to as the “Council”).

(2) Membership. —

(A) In general. — The private, nonprofit corporation shall appoint members to the Council. An individual shall be appointed as a member to the Council on the basis of the commitment of the individual, or the entity which the individual is representing, to providing time, energy, and resources to the Council.

(B) Compensation. — Members of the Council shall serve without compensation.

(3) Duties. — The Council:

(A) Shall advise the private, nonprofit corporation with respect to the duties of the corporation under subsections (b) through (d) of this section; and

(B) Shall assist the corporation in leveraging private sector resources for the purpose of carrying out such duties.

(b) Access to state-of-the-art educational technology. —

(1) In general. — The private, nonprofit corporation, in conjunction with the Superintendent, students, parents, and teachers, shall establish and implement strategies to ensure access to state-of-the-art educational technology within the District of Columbia public schools and public charter schools.

(2) Electronic data transfer system. — The private, nonprofit corporation shall assist the Superintendent in acquiring the necessary equipment, including computer hardware and software, to establish an electronic data transfer system. The private, nonprofit corporation shall also assist in arranging for training of District of Columbia public school employees in using such equipment.

(3) Technology assessment. —

(A) In general. — In establishing and implementing the strategies under paragraph (1) of this subsection, the private, nonprofit corporation, not later than September 1, 1996, shall provide for an assessment of the availability, on April 26, 1996, of state-of-the-art educational technology within the District of Columbia public schools and public charter schools.

(B) Conduct of assessment. — In providing for the assessment under subparagraph (A) of this paragraph, the private, nonprofit corporation:

(i) Shall provide for onsite inspections of the state-of-the-art educational technology within a minimum sampling of District of Columbia public schools and public charter schools; and

(ii) Shall ensure proper input from students, parents, teachers, and other school officials through the use of focus groups and other appropriate mechanisms.

(C) Results of assessment. — The private, nonprofit corporation shall ensure that the assessment carried out under this paragraph provides, at a minimum, necessary information on state-of-the-art educational technology within the District of Columbia public schools and public charter schools, including:

(i) The extent to which typical District of Columbia public schools have access to such state-of-the-art educational technology and training for such technology;

(ii) How such schools are using such technology;

(iii) The need for additional technology and the need for infrastructure for the implementation of such additional technology;

(iv) The need for computer hardware, software, training, and funding for such additional technology or infrastructure; and

(v) The potential for computer linkages among District of Columbia public schools and public charter schools.

(4) Short-term technology plan. —

(A) In general. — Based upon the results of the technology assessment under paragraph (3) of this subsection, the private, nonprofit corporation shall develop a 3-year plan that includes goals, priorities, and strategies for obtaining the resources necessary to implement strategies to ensure access to state-of-the-art educational technology within the District of Columbia public schools and public charter schools.

(B) Implementation. — The private, nonprofit corporation, in conjunction with schools, students, parents, and teachers, shall implement the plan developed under subparagraph (A) of this paragraph.

(5) Long-term technology plan. — Prior to the completion of the implementation of the short-term technology plan under paragraph (4) of this subsection, the private, nonprofit corporation shall develop a plan under which the corporation will continue to coordinate the donation of private sector resources for maintaining the continuous improvement and upgrading of state-of-the-art educational technology within the District of Columbia public schools and public charter schools.

(c) District Employment and Learning Center. —

(1) Establishment. — The private, nonprofit corporation shall establish a center to be known as the “District Employment and Learning Center” (in this subchapter referred to as the “Center”), which shall serve as a regional institute providing job training and employment assistance.

(2) Duties. —

(A) Job training and employment assistance program. — The Center shall establish a program to provide job training and employment assistance in the District of Columbia and shall coordinate with career preparation programs in existence on April 26, 1996, such as vocational education, school-to-work, and career academies in the District of Columbia public schools.

(B) Conduct of program. — In carrying out the program established under subparagraph (A) of this paragraph, the Center:

(i) Shall provide job training and employment assistance to youths who have attained the age of 18 but have not attained the age of 26, who are residents of the District of Columbia, and who are in need of such job training and employment assistance for an appropriate period not to exceed 2 years;

(ii) Shall work to establish partnerships and enter into agreements with appropriate agencies of the District of Columbia Government to serve individuals participating in appropriate federal programs, including programs under the Job Training Partnership Act or title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training Program under part F of title IV of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 681 et seq.), the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act (20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.), and the School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1994 (20 U.S.C. 6101 et seq.);

(iii) Shall conduct such job training, as appropriate, through a consortium of colleges, universities, community colleges, businesses, and other appropriate providers, in the District of Columbia metropolitan area;

(iv) Shall design modular training programs that allow students to enter and leave the training curricula depending on their opportunities for job assignments with employers; and

(v) Shall utilize resources from businesses to enhance work-based learning opportunities and facilitate access by students to work-based learning and work experience through temporary work assignments with employers in the District of Columbia metropolitan area.

(C) Compensation. — The Center may provide compensation to youths participating in the program under this paragraph for part-time work assigned in conjunction with training. Such compensation may include need-based payments and reimbursement of expenses.

(d) Workforce preparation initiatives. —

(1) In general. — The private, nonprofit corporation shall establish initiatives with the District of Columbia public schools, and public charter schools, appropriate governmental agencies, and businesses and other private entities, to facilitate the integration of rigorous academic studies with workforce preparation programs in District of Columbia public schools and public charter schools.

(2) Conduct of initiatives. — In carrying out the initiatives under paragraph (1) of this subsection, the private, nonprofit corporation shall, at a minimum, actively develop, expand, and promote the following programs:

(A) Career academy programs in secondary schools, as such programs are established in certain District of Columbia public schools, which provide a school-within-a-school concept, focusing on career preparation and the integration of the academy programs with vocational and technical curriculum; and

(B) Programs carried out in the District of Columbia that are funded under the School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1994 (20 U.S.C. 6101 et seq.).


(Apr. 26, 1996, 110 Stat. 1321 [265], Pub. L. 104-134, § 2604; October 21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2681 [482], Pub. L. 105-277, § 405(d)(19).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 31-2853.64.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 38-1806.02, § 38-1806.05, § 38-1806.06, § 38-1806.08, and § 38-1806.09.

Effect of Amendments

Pub. L. 105-277, in subsec. (c)(2)(B)(ii), inserted “or title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998,”.

References in Text

Part F of title IV of the Social Security Act ( 42 U.S.C. § 681 et seq.), referred to in (c)(2)(B)(ii), was repealed by Act Aug. 22, 1996, P.L. 104-193,§ 108 (110 Stat. 2167).


§ 38–1806.05. Matching funds.

The private, nonprofit corporation, to the extent practicable, shall provide matching funds, or in-kind contributions, or a combination thereof, for the purpose of carrying out the duties of the corporation under § 38-1806.04, as follows:

(1) For fiscal year 1997, the nonprofit corporation shall provide matching funds or in-kind contributions of $1 for every $1 of federal funds provided under this subchapter for such year for activities under § 38-1806.04.

(2) For fiscal year 1998, the nonprofit corporation shall provide matching funds or in-kind contributions of $3 for every $1 of federal funds provided under this subchapter for such year for activities under § 38-1806.04.

(3) For fiscal year 1999, the nonprofit corporation shall provide matching funds or in-kind contributions of $5 for every $1 of federal funds provided under this subchapter for such year for activities under § 38-1806.04.


(Apr. 26, 1996, 110 Stat. 1321 [268], Pub. L. 104-134, § 2605.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 31-2853.65.


§ 38–1806.06. Report.

The private, nonprofit corporation shall prepare and submit to the appropriate congressional committees on a quarterly basis, or, with respect to fiscal year 1997, on a semiannual basis, a report which shall contain:

(1) The activities the corporation has carried out, including the duties of the corporation described in § 38-1806.04, for the 3-month period ending on the date of the submission of the report, or, with respect to fiscal year 1997, the 6-month period ending on the date of the submission of the report;

(2) An assessment of the use of funds or other resources donated to the corporation;

(3) The results of the assessment carried out under § 38-1806.04(b)(3); and

(4) A description of the goals and priorities of the corporation for the 3-month period beginning on the date of the submission of the report, or, with respect to fiscal year 1997, the 6-month period beginning on the date of the submission of the report.


(Apr. 26, 1996, 110 Stat. 1321 [268], Pub. L. 104-134, § 2606.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 31-2853.66.


§ 38–1806.07. Jobs for D.C. Graduates Program.

(a) In general. — The nonprofit corporation shall establish a program, to be known as the “Jobs for D.C. Graduates Program”, to assist District of Columbia public schools and public charter schools in organizing and implementing a school-to-work transition system, which system shall give priority to providing assistance to at-risk youths and disadvantaged youths.

(b) Conduct of program. — In carrying out the program established under subsection (a), the nonprofit corporation, consistent with the policies of the nationally recognized Jobs for America’s Graduates, Inc., shall:

(1) Establish performance standards for such program;

(2) Provide ongoing enhancement and improvements in such program;

(3) Provide research and reports on the results of such program; and

(4) Provide preservice and inservice training.


(Apr. 26, 1996, 110 Stat. 1321 [269], Pub. L. 104-134, § 2607.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 31-2853.67.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 38-1806.02 and § 38-1806.08.


§ 38–1806.08. Authorization of appropriations.

(a) Authorization. —

(1) Delta Council; access to state-of-the-art educational technology; and workforce preparation initiatives. — There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out subsections (a), (b), and (d) of § 38-1806.04, $1,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 1997, 1998, and 1999.

(2) Deal Center. — There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out § 38-1806.04(c), $2,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 1997, 1998, and 1999.

(3) Jobs for D.C. Graduates Program. — There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out § 38-1806.07:

(A) $2,000,000 for fiscal year 1997; and

(B) $3,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 1998 through 2001.

(b) Availability. — Amounts authorized to be appropriated under subsection (a) are authorized to remain available until expended.


(Apr. 26, 1996, 110 Stat. 1321 [269], Pub. L. 104-134, § 2608.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 31-2853.68.


§ 38–1806.09. Termination of federal support; sense of the Congress relating to continuation of activities.

(a) Termination of federal support. — The authority under this subchapter to provide assistance to the private, nonprofit corporation or any other entity established pursuant to this subchapter shall terminate on October 1, 1999.

(b) Sense of the Congress relating to continuation of activities. — It is the sense of the Congress that:

(1) The activities of the private, nonprofit corporation under § 38-1806.04 should continue to be carried out after October 1, 1999, with resources made available from the private sector; and

(2) The corporation should provide oversight and coordination for such activities after such date.


(Apr. 26, 1996, 110 Stat. 1321 [269], Pub. L. 104-134, § 2609.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 31-2853.69.