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SEC. 232. FEDERAL LEADERSHIP.

(a) ACTIVITIES AUTHORIZED.--
(1) IN GENERAL.--In order to provide Federal leadership that promotes higher student achievement through the use of technology in education and to achieve the purposes of this part, the Secretary, in consultation with the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and other appropriate Federal departments or agencies, may carry out activities designed to achieve the purposes of this part.
(2) TRANSFER OF FUNDS.--For the purpose of carrying out coordinated or joint activities to achieve the purposes of this part, the Secretary may accept funds from other Federal departments or agencies.
(b) NATIONAL LONG-RANGE TECHNOLOGY PLAN.--
(1) IN GENERAL.--The Secretary shall develop and publish within 12 months of the date of enactment of this Act, and update when the Secretary determines appropriate, a national long-range plan that supports the overall national technology policy and carries out the purposes of this part.
(2) PLAN REQUIREMENTS.--The Secretary shall--
(A) develop the national long-range plan in consultation with other Federal departments or agencies, State and local education practitioners and policymakers, experts in technology and the educational applications of technology, representatives of distance learning consortia, representatives of telecommunications partnerships receiving assistance under the Star Schools Program Assistance Act, and providers of technology services and products;
(B) transmit such plan to the President and to the appropriate committees of the Congress; and
(C) publish such plan in a form that is readily accessible to the public.
(3) CONTENTS OF THE PLAN.--The national long-range plan shall describe the Secretary's activities to promote the purposes of this part, including--
(A) how the Secretary will encourage the effective use of technology to provide all students the opportunity to achieve State content standards and State student performance standards, especially through programs administered by the Department of Education;
(B) joint activities in support of the overall national technology policy with other Federal departments or agencies, such as the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation, and the Departments of Commerce, Energy, Health and Human Services, and Labor--
(i) to promote the use of technology in education, and training and lifelong learning, including plans for the educational uses of a national information infrastructure; and
(ii) to ensure that the policies and programs of such departments or agencies facilitate the use of technology for educational purposes, to the extent feasible;
(C) how the Secretary will work with educators, State and local educational agencies, and appropriate representatives of the private sector to facilitate the effective use of technology in education;
(D) how the Secretary will promote--
(i) higher achievement of all students through the integration of technology into the curriculum;
(ii) increased access to the benefits of technology for teaching and learning for schools with a high concentration of children from low-income families;
(iii) the use of technology to assist in the implementation of State systemic reform strategies;
(iv) the application of technological advances to use in education; and
(v) increased opportunities for the professional development of teachers in the use of new technologies;
(E) how the Secretary will determine, in consultation with appropriate individuals, organizations, industries, and agencies, the feasibility and desirability of establishing guidelines to facilitate an easy exchange of data and effective use of technology in education;
(F) how the Secretary will utilize the outcome of the evaluation undertaken pursuant to section 908 of the Star Schools Program Assistance Act to promote the purposes of this part; and
(G) the Secretary's long-range measurable goals and objectives relating to the purposes of this part.
(c) ASSISTANCE.--The Secretary shall provide assistance to the States to enable such States to plan effectively for the use of technology in all schools throughout the State in accordance with the purpose and requirements of section 317.

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PART C--LEADERSHIP IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY Table of Contents SEC. 233. OFFICE OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY.