98 STAT. 2446
29 USC 1514. Ante, p. 2443.
Post, p. 2450.
Ante, p. 2435.
Ante, p. 2438; post, pp. 2450, 2457, 2479. Post, p. 2454.
PUBLIC LAW 98-524—OCT. 19, 1984
"(B) The planning periods required by paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be coterminous with the planning program periods required under section 104(a) of the Job Training Partnership Act. "(2)(A) In formulating the State plan (and amendments thereto) the State board shall meet with and utilize the State council, established pursuant to section 112 of this Act. "(B) The State board shall conduct public hearings in the State, after appropriate and sufficient notice, for the purpose of affording all segments of the public and interested organizations and groups an opportunity to present their views and make recommendations regarding the State plan. A summary of such recommendations and the State board's response shall be included with the State plan. "(3) In developing the State plan, the State shall— "(A) assess the current and projected occupational needs and the current and projected demand for general occupational skills within the State; "(B) examine the needs of students, including adults, in order to determine how best to improve student skill levels in light of the State's occupational and skill requirements; "(C) assess the special needs of groups of individuals specified in section 201(b) for access to vocational education and vocational services in terms of labor market needs; "(D) assess the quality of vocational education in terms of— "(i) the pertinence of programs to the workplace and to new and emerging technologies, "(ii) the responsiveness of programs to the current and projected occupational needs in the State, "(iii) the capacity of programs to facilitate entry into, and participation in, vocational education and to ease the school-to-work and secondary-to-postsecondary transition, "(iv) the technological and educational quality of vocational curricula, equipment, and instructional materials to enable vocational students and instructors to meet the challenges of increased technological demands of the workplace; and "(v) the capability of vocational education programs to meet the needs for general occupational skills and improvement of academic foundations in order to address the changing content of jobs; "(E) determine the capacity of local educational agencies, with respect to secondary education and postsecondary educational institutions, to deliver the vocational education services necessary to meet the needs identified through the assessments required by clauses (A) through (D) of this paragraph; and "(F) determine, for each fiscal year, how the services and activities supported by funds furnished under this Act may be expected to assist the State in meeting the needs identified through the assessments required by clauses (A) through (D) of this paragraph. "(b) Each such plan shall— "(1) provide assurances that, and where necessary a description of the manner in which, the State board will comply with the requirements of titles I, II, III, and V of this Act, including— ^'(A) a description of the manner in which the State will comply with the criteria required for programs for the handicapped and for the disadvantaged prescribed by section 204;