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SEC. 315. ASSISTANCE TO THE OUTLYING AREAS AND TO THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR.

(a) OUTLYING AREAS.--
(1) IN GENERAL.--Funds reserved for outlying areas under section 304(a)(1)(A) shall be distributed among such areas by the Secretary according to relative need of such areas.
(2) INAPPLICABILITY OF PUBLIC LAW 95-134.--The provisions of Public Law 95-134, permitting the consolidation of grants to the insular areas, shall not apply to funds received by such areas under this title.
(b) SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR.--
(1) IN GENERAL.--The funds reserved for the Secretary of the Interior under section 304(a)(1)(B) shall be made in a payment which shall be pursuant to an agreement between the Secretary and the Secretary of the Interior containing such assurances and terms as the Secretary determines shall best achieve the provisions of this section and this Act. The agreement shall, at a minimum, contain assurances that--
(A) a panel, as set forth in paragraph (4) of this subsection, shall be established;
(B) a reform and improvement plan, designed to increase student learning and assist students in meeting the National Education Goals, meeting the requirements pertaining to State improvement plans required in section 306 and providing for the fundamental restructuring and improvement of elementary and secondary education in schools funded by the Bureau, shall be developed by such panel; and
(C) the provisions and activities required under such State improvement plans, including the requirements for timetables for opportunity-to-learn standards, shall be carried out in the same time frames and under the same conditions stipulated for the States in sections 305 and 306, provided that for these purposes, the term "local educational agencies" shall be interpreted to mean "schools funded by the Bureau".
(2) VOLUNTARY SUBMISSION.--The provisions applicable to the States in section 213 of this Act shall apply to the Bureau plan with regard to voluntary submission of standards and assessments to the National Education Standards and Improvement Council for review and certification.
(3) PLAN SPECIFICS.--The reform and improvement plan shall include, in addition to the requirements described above, specific provisions for--
(A) opportunity to learn standards pertaining to residential programs and transportation costs associated with programs located on or near reservations or serving students in off-reservation residential boarding schools;
(B) review and incorporation of the National Education Goals and the voluntary national content standards, voluntary natural student performance standards, and voluntary natural opportunity-to-learn standards developed under part B of title II of this Act, provided that such review shall include the issues of cultural and language differences; and
(C) provision for coordination of the efforts of the Bureau with the efforts for school improvement of the States and local educational agencies in which the schools funded by the Bureau are located, including the development of the partnerships outlined in section 306(g)(2) of the Act.
(4) PANEL.--
(A) To carry out the provisions of this section, and to develop the plan for system-wide reform and improvement required under the agreement required under paragraph (1), the Secretary of the Interior shall establish a panel coordinated by the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs. Such panel shall consist of--
(i) the Director of the Office of Indian Education Programs of the Bureau and two heads of other divisions of such Bureau as the Assistant Secretary shall designate;
(ii) a designee of the Secretary of Education; and
(iii) a representative nominated by each of the following:
(I) The organization representing the majority of teachers and professional personnel in schools operated by the Bureau.
(II) The organization representing the majority of nonteaching personnel in schools operated by the Bureau, if not the same organization as in subclause (i).
(III) School administrators of schools operated by the Bureau.
(IV) Education line officers located in Bureau area or agency offices serving schools funded by the Bureau.
(V) The organization representing the majority of contract or grant schools funded by the Bureau not serving students on the Navajo reservation.
(VI) The organization representing the majority of contract or grant schools funded by the Bureau serving students on the Navajo reservation.
(VII) The organization representing the school boards required by statute for schools operated by the Bureau not serving students on the Navajo reservation.
(VIII) The organization representing the school boards required by statute for schools funded by the Bureau serving students on the Navajo reservation.
(B) Including the additional members required by paragraph (5), a majority of the members of such panel shall be from the entities designated under subparagraph (A)(iii).
(5) ADDITIONAL MEMBERS.--In addition, the members of the panel described in paragraph (4) shall designate for full membership on the panel four additional members--
(A) one of whom shall be a representative of a national organization which represents primarily national Indian education concerns; and
(B) three of whom shall be chairpersons (or their designees) of Indian tribes with schools funded by the Bureau on their reservations (other than those specifically represented by organizations referred to in paragraph (4)), provided that preference for no less than two of these members shall be given to Indian tribes with a significant number of schools funded by the Bureau on their reservations, or with a significant percentage of their children enrolled in schools funded by the Bureau.
(c) BIA COST ANALYSIS.--
(1) IN GENERAL.--
(A) The Secretary of the Interior shall reserve from the funds received pursuant to section 304(a)(1)(B) in the first fiscal year that the Secretary of the Interior receives such funds an amount not to exceed $500,000 to provide, through the National Academy of Sciences or the National Academy of Education, for an analysis of the costs associated with meeting the academic and home-living/residential standards of the Bureau for each school funded by the Bureau. The purpose of such analysis shall be to provide the Bureau and the panel described in paragraph (4) with baseline data regarding the current state of operations funded by the Bureau and to provide a framework for addressing the implementation of opportunity-to-learn standards.
(B) The results of such analysis shall be reported, in aggregate and school specific form, to the chairpersons and ranking minority members of the Committees on Education and Labor and Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Select Committee on Indian Affairs and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate, and to the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Education (who shall transmit the report to the appropriate entities under this Act), and the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs, not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act.
(2) CONTENT.--Such analysis shall evaluate the costs of providing a program in each school operated or supported by the Bureau for the next succeeding academic year and shall be based on--
(A) the standards either published in the Federal Register as having effect in schools operated by the Bureau on the date of enactment of this Act or the standards incorporated into each grant or contract in effect on such date with a tribally controlled school funded under section 1128 of Public Law 95-561 (as amended);
(B) the best projections of student counts and demographics, as provided by the Bureau and as independently reviewed by the National Academy of Sciences or the National Academy of Education; and
(C) the pay and benefit schedules and other personnel requirements for each school operated by the Bureau, as such pay and benefit schedules and requirements existed on the date of enactment of this Act.
(d) SECRETARY OF DEFENSE.--The Secretary shall consult with the Secretary of Defense to ensure that, to the extent practicable, the purposes of this title are applied to the Department of Defense schools.

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