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PUBLIC LAW 103-382—OCT. 20, 1994 108 STAT. 3839 "(3) an annual national competition of simulated congressional hearings for secondary students who wish to participate in such program. "(c) AVAILABILITY OF PROGRAM.—The education program authorized by this section shall be made available to public and private elementary and secondary schools in the 435 congressional districts, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the District of Columbia. "(d) SPECIAL RULE.— After the provisions of subsection (b) have been implemented, funds provided under this section may be used for— "(1) advanced training of teachers about the United States Constitution and the political system the United States created; or "(2) a course of instruction at the middle school level on the roles of State and local governments in the Federal system established by the Constitution, which course shall provide for— "(A) optional school and community simulated State legislative hearings; "(B) an annual competition of simulated legislative hearings at the State legislative district. State, and national levels for middle school students who wish to participate in the program; and "(C) participation by public and private middle schools in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. •SEC. 10602. INSTRUCTION IN CIVICS, GOVERNMENT, AND THE LAW. 20 USC 8142. "(a) PROGRAM ESTABLISHED.—The Secretary is authorized to carry out a program of awarding grants and contracts to assist State and local educational agencies and other public and private nonprofit agencies, organizations, and institutions to enhance— "(1) attainment by students of challenging State content standards and challenging State student performance standards in civics, government, and the law; and "(2) attainment by the Nation of the third and the sixth National Education Goals. "(b) AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES. —Assistance under this section may support new and ongoing programs in elementary and secondary schools that provide for— "(1) the development and implementation of curricular programs that enhance student understanding of— "(A) the values and principles which underlie, and the institutions and processes which comprise, our Nation's system of government; "(B) the role of law in our constitutional democracy, including activities to promote— "(i) legal literacy; "(ii) a dedication by students to the use of nonviolent means of conflict resolution such as arbitration, mediation, negotiation, trials, and appellate hearings; and "(iii) respect for cultural diversity and acceptance of cultural differences; and "(C) the rights and responsibilities of citizenship;