Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 110 Part 2.djvu/292

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110 STAT. 1321-145 PUBLIC LAW 104-134—APR. 26, 1996 (4) has a nationwide structure through which additional resources can be leveraged and innovative practices disseminated. SEC. 2604. DUTIES OF THE PRIVATE, NONPROFIT CORPORATION. (a) DISTRICT EDUCATION AND LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES ADVANCEMENT COUNCIL.— (1) ESTABLISHMENT—The private, nonprofit corporation shall establish a council to be known as the "District Education and Learning Technologies Advancement Council" (in this subtitle referred to as the "council"). (2) MEMBERSHIP. — (A) IN GENERAL.— The private, nonprofit corporation shall appoint members to the council. An individual shall be appointed as a member to the council on the basis of the commitment of the individual, or the entity which the individual is representing, to providing time, energy, and resources to the council. (B) COMPENSATION. —Members of the council shall serve without compensation. (3) DUTIES. —The council— (A) shall advise the private, nonprofit corporation with respect to the duties of the corporation under subsections (b) through (d) of this section; and (B) shall assist the corporation in leveraging private sector resources for the purpose of carrying out such duties. (b) ACCESS TO STATE-OF-THE -ART EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY. — (1) IN GENERAL—The private, nonprofit corporation, in conjunction with the Superintendent, students, parents, and teachers, shall establish and implement strategies to ensure access to state-of-the-art educational technology within the District of Columbia public schools and public charter schools. (2) ELECTRONIC DATA TRANSFER SYSTEM.—The private, nonprofit corporation shall assist the Superintendent in acquiring the necessary equipment, including computer hardware and software, to establish an electronic data transfer system. The private, nonprofit corporation shall also assist in arranging for training of District of Columbia public school employees in using such equipment. (3) TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT.— (A) IN GENERAL.—In establishing and implementing the strategies under paragraph (1), the private, nonprofit corporation, not later than September 1, 1996, shall provide for an assessment of the availability, on the date of enactment of this Act, of state-of-the-art educational technology within the District of Columbia public schools and public charter schools. (B) CONDUCT OF ASSESSMENT. —In providing for the assessment under subparagraph (A), the private, nonprofit corporation— (i) shall provide for onsite inspections of the stateof-the-art educational technology within a minimum sampling of District of Columbia public schools and public charter schools; and (ii) shall ensure proper input from students, parents, teachers, and other school officials through the use of focus groups and other appropriate mechanisms.