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PUBLIC LAW 99-000—MMMM. DD, 1986

PUBLIC LAW 99-498—0C5T. 17, 1986

100 STAT. 1599


The National Advisory Council on Educational Research and Improvement, the Advisory Council on Education Statistics, and members of such councils may not use any staff, facilities, equipment, supplies, or franking privileges of the councils for activities unrelated to the purposes of the councils.

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(a) DISCRETIONARY PROGRAMS.—Section 583(a)(l) of the Education

Consolidation and Improvement Act of 1981 is amended by striking 20 USC 3851. out ", including" and all that follows before the semicolon. (b) PRIORITY FUNDING.—Section 583(b) of the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act of 1981 is amended— (1) by striking out "and" after the comma in paragraph (3); (2) by inserting "and" after the comma in paragraph (4);

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(3) by adding after paragraph (4) the following: "(5) a National Diffusion Network program as described in subsection (c),"; (4) by striking out "paragraph (4))" and inserting "paragraph (4) and not less than 34 percent of funds reserved for the purposes of this section in the case of the program referred to in paragraph (5))". (c) NATIONAL DIFFUSION NETWORK.—Section 583 of the Education

Consolidation and Improvement Act of 1981 is amended by adding the following subsection (c): "(c)(1) The National Diffusion Network program under subsection (b)(5) shall be a national program that recognizes and furthers excellence in education by: (A) promoting the awareness and implementation of exemplary educational programs, products, and practices to interested elementary, secondary, and postsecondary institutions throughout the Nation; and (B) promoting the utilization of the knowledge, talents, and services of local staff associated with various educational excellence recognition efforts. "(2) The program shall be directed toward improving the quality of education through the implementation of promising and validated innovations and improvements in educational programs, products, and practices, and through the provision of training, consultation, and related assistance services. "(3) In carrying out the program the Secretary shall— "(A) acquaint persons responsible for the operation of elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools with information about exemplary educational programs, products, practices, and services; "(B) assist them in implementing programs, products, and practices, which those persons determine to hold promise for improving the quality of education in the schools for which they are responsible by providing materials, initial training, and ongoing implementation assistance; "(C) ensure that all such programs, products, and practices are subjected to rigorous evaluation with respect to their effectiveness and their capacity for implementation; "(D) provide program development assistance toward the recognition, dissemination, and implementation of promising practices that hold the potential for answering critical needs and that have achieved credibility because of their effective use in schools; and