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PUBLIC LAW 98-000—MMMM. DD, 1984

PUBLIC LAW 98-377—AUG. 11, 1984

98 STAT. 1297

(A) a description of the activities which will be conducted in the school nominated, (B) assurances that the school to be nominated will carry out the activities so described, and (C) such other information as may be necessary to carry out paragraph (2) of this subsection. (b)(1)(A) The chief State school officer of each State shall in each fiscal year from the proposed nominations made pursuant to subsection (a) select twenty-five schools for submission to the Secretary. (B) In the case of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the chief educational officer of such jurisdiction shall nominate five schools in accordance with this subsection. (2) In selecting schools from proposed nominations submitted under subsection (a), the chief State school officer shall assure a fair and equitable distribution of schools within the State, after considering— (A) all categories of elementary and secondary schools within the State, including elementary schools, junior high schools, secondary schools, vocational-technical schools, or any combination of two or more of the schools; (B) socioeconomic conditions in the State; (C) geographic distribution within the State; (D) school size; (E) the size and location of the community in which the school is located; (F) the local governmental arrangements between the government and the local educational agency making the nomination; (G) the potential for the proposed project to successfully demonstrate techniques for improving the quality of education which can be disseminated and replicated; and (H) such other relevant factors as the Secretary may prescribe. (3) Each State shall submit to the Secretary the school nominations made in accordance with this subsection. Each such submission may include such additional information as the chief State school officer (the chief educational officer as prescribed in paragraph (1)(B)), and the local educational agency concerned deem appropriate. (c)(1) The Secretary shall select not more than five hundred schools from among the nominations submitted pursuant to subsection (b) of this section. The selection under this subsection shall be made by the Secretary after an impartial review panel has considered each submission. The review and selection shall be based upon the factors described in subsection (b)(2) and in accordance with uniform criteria developed by the Secretary. (2) In making the selections under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall give priority to proposals which have the highest potential for successfully demonstrating techniques to improve the quality of education and which can be disseminated and replicated. In addition the Secretary shall give priority to proposals which have as their purposes— (A) modernization and improvement of secondary school curricula to improve student achievement in academic or vocational subjects, or both, and competency in basic functional skills;

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