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[121 STAT. 1399]
[121 STAT. 1399]
PUBLIC LAW 110-000—MMMM. DD, 2007

PUBLIC LAW 110–134—DEC. 12, 2007

121 STAT. 1399

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‘‘(III) to participate as appropriate in decisions relating to the education of their children; and ‘‘(B) to take other actions, as appropriate and feasible, to support the active involvement of the parents with schools, school personnel, and school-related organizations. ‘‘(14) Establish effective procedures for timely referral of children with disabilities to the State or local agency providing services under section 619 or part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1419, 1431 et seq.), and collaboration with that agency, consistent with section 640(d)(3). ‘‘(15) Establish effective procedures for providing necessary early intervening services to children with disabilities prior to an eligibility determination by the State or local agency responsible for providing services under section 619 or part C of such Act, consistent with section 640(d)(2). ‘‘(16) At the option of the Head Start agency, partner with an institution of higher education and a nonprofit organization to provide college students with the opportunity to serve as mentors or reading partners for Head Start participants. ‘‘(c) PROGRAM GOVERNANCE.—Upon receiving designation as a Head Start agency, the agency shall establish and maintain a formal structure for program governance, for the oversight of quality services for Head Start children and families and for making decisions related to program design and implementation. Such structure shall include the following: ‘‘(1) GOVERNING BODY.— ‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.—The governing body shall have legal and fiscal responsibility for the Head Start agency. ‘‘(B) COMPOSITION.—The governing body shall be composed as follows: ‘‘(i) Not less than 1 member shall have a background and expertise in fiscal management or accounting. ‘‘(ii) Not less than 1 member shall have a background and expertise in early childhood education and development. ‘‘(iii) Not less than 1 member shall be a licensed attorney familiar with issues that come before the governing body. ‘‘(iv) Additional members shall— ‘‘(I) reflect the community to be served and include parents of children who are currently, or were formerly, enrolled in Head Start programs; and ‘‘(II) are selected for their expertise in education, business administration, or community affairs. ‘‘(v) Exceptions shall be made to the requirements of clauses (i) through (iv) for members of a governing body when those members oversee a public entity and are selected to their positions with the public entity by public election or political appointment. ‘‘(vi) If a person described in clause (i), (ii), or (iii) is not available to serve as a member of the governing body, the governing body shall use a consultant,

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