PUBLIC LAW 98-558—OCT. 30, 1984
98 STAT. 2899
TALENTED TEACHER FELLOWSHIPS
"SEC. 573. (a)(1) Except as provided under paragraph (3), sums available for the purpose of this part shall be used to award one national teacher fellowship to a public or private school teacher teaching in each congressional district of each State, and in the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and one such fellowship in Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. "(2) Fellowship awards may not exceed the average national salary of public school teachers in the most recent year for which satisfactory data are available, as determined by the Secretary. Talented teacher fellows may not receive an award for two consecutive years. Subject to the repayment provisions of section 576, talented teaclier fellows shall be required to return to a teaching position in their current school district or private school system for at least two years following the fellowship award. "(3) If the appropriation under section 572 is not sufficient to provide the number of fellowships required by paragraph (1) at the level required under paragraph (2), the Secretary shall determine and publish an alternative distribution of fellowships which will permit fellowship awards at that level and which is geographically equitable. The Secretary shall send a notice of such determination to each of the statewide panels established under section 574. "(b) Talented teacher fellows may use such awards for such projects for improving public education as the Secretary may approve, including (1) sabbaticals for study or research directly associated with the objectives of this part, or academic improvement; (2) consultation with or assistance to other school districts or private school systems; (3) development of special innovative programs; or (4) model teacher programs and staff development.
20 USC iil9e-2.
"SELECTION OF T A L E N T E D TEACHER FELLOWSHIPS
"SEC. 574. Recipients of talented teacher fellowship in each State shall be selected (in accordance with section 575) by a seven-member statewide panel appointed by the chief State elected official, acting in consultation with the State educational agency, or by an existing panel designated by the chief State elected official and approved by the Secretary of Education. The statewide panel shall be representative of school administrators, teachers, parents, and institutions of higher education.
20 USC iii9e-3.
EVALUATION OF APPLICATIONS
"SEC. 575. (a) An applicant for talented teacher fellowship assistance shall submit proposals for projects under section 573(b), and shall indicate the extent to which the applicant wishes to continue current teaching duties. The applicant shall submit such proposals to the local education agency for comment prior to submission to the statewide panel (appointed under section 574) for the State within which the project is to be conducted. In evaluating proposals, such statewide panel shall consult with the local education agency, requesting two recommendations from teaching peers; a recommendation from the principal; and a recommendation of the superintendent on the quality of the proposal and its benefit to the local education agency; and any other criteria for awarding fellowships as
20 USC 1119e-4.