PUBLIC LAW 110–134—DEC. 12, 2007
121 STAT. 1379
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requirements and standards described in section 641A(a)(1), based on— ‘‘(A) annual budget and fiscal management data; ‘‘(B) program reviews conducted under section 641A(c); ‘‘(C) annual audits required under section 647; ‘‘(D) classroom quality as measured under section 641A(c)(2)(F); and ‘‘(E) Program Information Reports. ‘‘(2) EXPERT PANEL.—Not later than 3 months after the date of enactment of the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, the Secretary shall convene an expert panel of 7 members to make recommendations to the Secretary on the development of a transparent, reliable, and valid system for designation renewal. ‘‘(3) COMPOSITION OF EXPERT PANEL.—The Secretary, in convening such panel, shall appoint the following: ‘‘(A)(i) One member, who has demonstrated competency, as evidenced by training, expertise, and experience, in early childhood program accreditation. ‘‘(ii) One member, who has demonstrated competency (as so evidenced) in research on early childhood development. ‘‘(iii) One member, who has demonstrated competency (as so evidenced) in governance and finance of nonprofit organizations. ‘‘(iv) One member, who has demonstrated competency (as so evidenced) in delivery of services to populations of children with special needs and their families. ‘‘(v) One member, who has demonstrated competency (as so evidenced) in assessment and evaluation of programs serving young children. ‘‘(B) An employee from the Office of Head Start. ‘‘(C) An executive director of a Head Start agency. ‘‘(4) EXPERT PANEL REPORT.—Within 9 months after being convened by the Secretary, the expert panel shall issue a report to the Secretary that provides recommendations on a proposed system for designation renewal that takes into account the criteria in subparagraphs (A) through (E) of paragraph (1) to evaluate whether a Head Start agency is fulfilling its mission to deliver a high-quality and comprehensive Head Start program, including adequately meeting its governance, legal, and financial management requirements. ‘‘(5) PUBLIC COMMENT AND CONSIDERATION.—Not later than 3 months after receiving the report described in paragraph (4), the Secretary shall publish a notice describing a proposed system for designation renewal in the Federal Register, including a proposal for the transition to such system, providing at least 90 days for public comment. The Secretary shall review and consider public comments prior to finalizing the system for designation renewal described in this subsection. ‘‘(6) DESIGNATION RENEWAL SYSTEM.—Not later than 12 months after publishing a notice describing the proposed system under paragraph (5), the Secretary shall implement the system for designation renewal and use that system to determine— ‘‘(A) whether a Head Start grantee is successfully delivering a high-quality and comprehensive Head Start program; and
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