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``SEC. 10992. NATIONAL WRITING PROJECT.

``(a) Authorization.--The Secretary is authorized to make a grant to the National Writing Project (hereafter in this section referred to as the `grantee'), a nonprofit educational organization which has as its primary purpose the improvement of the quality of student writing and learning, and the teaching of writing as a learning process in the Nation's classrooms--
``(1) to support and promote the establishment of teacher training programs, including the dissemination of effective practices and research findings regarding the teaching of writing and administrative activities;
``(2) to support classroom research on effective teaching practice and to document student performance;
``(3) to coordinate activities assisted under this section with activities assisted under title II; and
``(4) to pay the Federal share of the cost of such programs.
``(b) Requirements of Grant.--The grant shall provide that--
``(1) the grantee will enter into contracts with institutions of higher education or other nonprofit educational providers (hereafter in this section referred to as `contractors') under which the contractors will agree to establish, operate, and provide the non-Federal share of the cost of teacher training programs in effective approaches and processes for the teaching of writing;
``(2) funds made available by the Secretary to the grantee pursuant to any contract entered into under this section will be used to pay the Federal share of the cost of establishing and operating teacher training programs as provided in paragraph (1); and
``(3) the grantee will meet such other conditions and standards as the Secretary determines to be necessary to assure compliance with the provisions of this section and will provide such technical assistance as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.
``(c) Teacher Training Programs.--The teacher training programs authorized in subsection (a) shall--
``(1) be conducted during the school year and during the summer months;
``(2) train teachers who teach grades kindergarten through college;
``(3) select teachers to become members of a National Writing Project teacher network whose members will conduct writing workshops for other teachers in the area served by each National Writing Project site; and
``(4) encourage teachers from all disciplines to participate in such teacher training programs.
``(d) Federal Share.--
``(1) In general.--Except as provided in paragraph (2) or (3) and for purposes of subsection (a), the term `Federal share' means, with respect to the costs of teacher training programs authorized in subsection (a), 50 percent of such costs to the contractor.
``(2) Waiver.--The Secretary may waive the provisions of paragraph (1) on a case-by-case basis if the National Advisory Board described in subsection (f) determines, on the basis of financial need, that such waiver is necessary.
``(3) Maximum.--The Federal share of the costs of teacher training programs conducted pursuant to subsection (a) may not exceed $40,000 for any one contractor, or $200,000 for a statewide program administered by any one contractor in at least five sites throughout the State.
``(e) Classroom Teacher Grants.--
``(1) In general.--The National Writing Project may reserve an amount not to exceed 5 percent of the amount appropriated pursuant to the authority of this section to make grants, on a competitive basis, to elementary and secondary school teachers to pay the Federal share of the cost of enabling such teachers to--
``(A) conduct classroom research;
``(B) publish models of student writing;
``(C) conduct research regarding effective practices to improve the teaching of writing; and
``(D) conduct other activities to improve the teaching and uses of writing.
``(2) Supplement and not supplant.--Grants awarded pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be used to supplement and not supplant State and local funds available for the purposes set forth in paragraph (1).
``(3) Maximum grant amount.--Each grant awarded pursuant to this subsection shall not exceed $2,000.
``(4) Federal share.--For the purpose of this subsection the term `Federal share' means, with respect to the costs of activities assisted under this subsection, 50 percent of such costs to the elementary or secondary school teacher.
``(f) National Advisory Board.--
``(1) Establishment.--The National Writing Project shall establish and operate a National Advisory Board.
``(2) Composition.--The National Advisory Board established pursuant to paragraph (1) shall consist of--
``(A) national educational leaders;
``(B) leaders in the field of writing; and
``(C) such other individuals as the National Writing Project deems necessary.
``(3) Duties.--The National Advisory Board established pursuant to paragraph (1) shall--
``(A) advise the National Writing Project on national issues related to student writing and the teaching of writing;
``(B) review the activities and programs of the National Writing Project; and
``(C) support the continued development of the National Writing Project.
``(g) Evaluation.--
``(1) In general.--The Secretary shall conduct an independent evaluation by grant or contract of the teacher training programs administered pursuant to this Act in accordance with section 14701. Such evaluation shall specify the amount of funds expended by the National Writing Project and each contractor receiving assistance under this section for administrative costs. The results of such evaluation shall be made available to the appropriate committees of the Congress.
``(2) Funding limitation.--The Secretary shall reserve not more than $150,000 from the total amount appropriated pursuant to the authority of subsection (i) for fiscal year 1994 and the four succeeding fiscal years to conduct the evaluation described in paragraph (1).
``(h) Application Review.--
``(1) Review board.--The National Writing Project shall establish and operate a National Review Board that shall consist of--
``(A) leaders in the field of research in writing; and
``(B) such other individuals as the National Writing Project deems necessary.
``(2) Duties.--The National Review Board shall--
``(A) review all applications for assistance under this subsection; and
``(B) recommend applications for assistance under this subsection for funding by the National Writing Project.
``(i) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized to be appropriated for the grant to the National Writing Project, $4,000,000 for fiscal year 1995, and such sums as may be necessary for each of the four succeeding fiscal years, to carry out the provisions of this section.

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PART K--NATIONAL WRITING PROJECT Table of Contents PART L--THE EXTENDED TIME FOR LEARNING AND LONGER SCHOOL YEAR