Federal Programs

Committee of Practitioners

Background
NCLB Act of 2001, section 1903, requires each state that receives Title I funds to ensure that any state rules, regulations, and policies relating to Title I conforms to the purposes of Title I, and provide any such proposed rules, regulations, and policies to the committee of practitioners (COP) for review and comment.  The composition and duties of the Title I COP are set out in the law as follows:

SEC. 1903. STATE ADMINISTRATION.

(b) COMMITTEE OF PRACTITIONERS-

(1) IN GENERAL- Each State educational agency that receives funds under this title shall create a State committee of practitioners to advise the State in carrying out its responsibilities under this title.
(2) MEMBERSHIP- Each such committee shall include –

(A)  as a majority of its members, representatives from local educational agencies;
(B)  administrators, including the administrators of programs described in other parts of this title; 
(C)  teachers, including vocational educators;
(D)  parents;
(E)  members of local school boards;
(F)  representatives of private school children; and
(G)  pupil services personnel.

(3)  DUTIES- The duties of such committee shall include a review, before publication, of any proposed or final State rule or regulation pursuant to this title,  In an emergency situation where such rule or regulation must be issued within a very limited time to assist local educational agencies with the operation of the program under this title, the State educational agency may issue a regulation without prior consultation, but shall immediately thereafter convene the State committee of practitioners to review the emergency regulation before issuance in final form.

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