Coordinator for the Outlying Areas

Program Description

The No Child Left Behind Act amended the Department of Education Act to require the Department to establish the ‘Coordinator for the Outlying Areas’ position. School Support and Rural Programs currently employs the Departments Coordinator for the Outlying Areas, who: (1) serves as the principal advisor to the Department on Federal matters affecting the outlying areas; (2) evaluates, on a periodic basis, the needs of education programs in the outlying areas; (3) assists with the coordination of programs that serve the outlying areas; and (4) provides guidance to programs within the Department that serve the outlying areas.

As used in this section, the term outlying areas includes Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, but does not include the Freely Associated States of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.