Published: 13 August 2014
Published: 29 September 2011
Chapter 6: Aid to Nonpublic Schools Fund
§ 601. Title.
This chapter shall be known as the “Aid to Nonpublic Schools Fund Program Act.”
Source: PL 4-103 § 1.
§ 602. Program established.
There is hereby established the Aid to Nonpublic Schools Fund Program, which shall be administered in accordance with this chapter and any regulations promulgated hereunder.
Source: PL 4-103 § 2, modified.
§ 603. Utilization of funds.
Funds appropriated by the Congress for the purpose of providing aid to nonpublic schools in the Federated States of Micronesia shall be used for secular purposes only, including, but not limited to, health services, transportation services, textbooks, instructors’ salaries, and instructional materials. Such funds shall be used for the extension of services to students attending nonpublic schools in the same manner and for the same purposes as such services are extended to students of equal level in public schools.
Source: PL 4-103 § 3.
Cross-reference: The FSM Constitution provides in art. IV, sect. 2, as follows:
Section 2. No law may be passed respecting an establishment of religion or impairing the free exercise of religion, except that assistance may be provided to parochial schools for non-religious purposes.
§ 604. Equitable distribution.
All funds appropriated for the Aid to Nonpublic Schools Fund Program shall be administered by the President or his designee in a manner calculated to ensure an equitable distribution of the assistance represented by the funds to all students in nonpublic schools within the Federated States of Micronesia.
Source: PL 4-103 § 4.
§ 605. Reporting.
The Director of the Office of Education of the Federated States of Micronesia shall prepare and submit to the Congress an annual report on the status of the program before each regular May session of the Congress. This report shall detail the expenditures of program funds during the preceding fiscal year, and shall include such other information as the Director of the Office of Education of the Federated States of Micronesia may deem appropriate.
Source: PL 4-103 § 5.
§ 606. Promulgation of regulations.
The Director of the Office of Education of the Federated States of Micronesia, with the approval of the President, shall promulgate regulations, pursuant to chapter 1 of title 17 of this code, governing the procedures for ensuring an equitable distribution of funds among the States; the process by which nonpublic schools may apply for funds under the program; the criteria governing awards of funds under the program; the purposes for which such funds may be used consistent with section 603 of this chapter; the procedures for accounting for funds awarded under the program; and such other matters as may be consistent with the contents and purposes of this chapter.
Source: PL 4-103 § 6.
Cross-reference: Chapter 1 of title 17 of this code is on FSM Administrative Procedures
The National Department of Education has 31 employees and three major divisions, the Division of Basic Education and Accreditation, the Division of Specialized Services (Special Education), and the Division of Career and Technical Education (inclusive of vocational educational). The Division of Basic Education and Accreditation is largest having the following programs:
School Accreditation Standards
Curriculum, Assessment and Research
FSM Teacher Certification
Information Technology and Education Information System
Close – Up Program, Aid to Non Public School and Chartering of Non Public schools
And other support services
This is followed by the Division of Career and Technical Education which has the following programs, CTE curriculum and career guidance counselor. The Division of Specialized Services has the special education program. Most of the people working in the department are administrators and education specialists. The department works in close collaboration and coordination with the states’ departments of education.
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