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[Congressional Record: December 15, 2000 (House)]
[Page H12151-H12201]
From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:cr15de00-40]                         
 
[[pp. H12151-H12201]] CONFERENCE REPORT ON H.R. 4577, DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN 
 SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2001

[[Continued from page H12150]]

[[Page H12151]]

     by the Senate instead of $107,765,000 as proposed by the 
     House.


                   BILINGUAL AND IMMIGRANT EDUCATION

       The conference agreement includes $460,000,000 for 
     Bilingual and Immigrant Education programs instead of 
     $406,000,000 as proposed by the House and $443,000,000 as 
     proposed by the Senate.
       For instructional services, the conference agreement 
     includes $180,000,000 as proposed by the Senate instead of 
     $162,500,000 as proposed by the House. For support services, 
     the agreement provides $16,000,000 instead of $14,000,000 as 
     proposed by both the House and the Senate. For professional 
     development, the conference agreement includes $100,000,000 
     instead of $85,000,000 as proposed by the Senate and 
     $71,500,000 as proposed by the House. For immigrant 
     education, the conference agreement includes $150,000,000 as 
     proposed by both the House and the Senate. The agreement also 
     provides $14,000,000 for foreign language assistance as 
     proposed by the Senate instead of $8,000,000 as proposed by 
     the House.

                           Special Education

       The conference agreement includes $7,439,948,000 for 
     Special Education instead of $7,353,141,000 as proposed by 
     the Senate and $6,550,161,000 as proposed by the House. The 
     agreement provides $2,367,948,000 in fiscal year 2001 and 
     $5,072,000,000 in fiscal year 2002 funding for this account.
       Included in these funds is $6,339,685,000 for Grants to 
     States part B instead of $6,279,685,000 as proposed by the 
     Senate and $5,489,685,000 as proposed by the House. This 
     funding level provides an additional $1,350,000,000 to assist 
     the States in meeting the additional per pupil costs of 
     services to special education students.
       The conference agreement includes $383,567,000 for Grants 
     for Infants and Families as proposed by the Senate instead of 
     $375,000,000 as proposed by the House.
       The conference agreement includes $49,200,000 for state 
     program improvement grants instead of $45,200,000 as proposed 
     by the House and $35,200,000 as proposed by the Senate. The 
     agreement includes $77,353,000 for research and innovation 
     instead of $64,433,000 as proposed by the House and 
     $74,433,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within the amounts 
     provided for Special Education Research and Innovation, the 
     conference agreement includes $7,353,000 for the following:
       $921,000 for the University of Louisville Research 
     Foundation, Louisville, KY for research in pediatric sleep 
     disorders and learning disabilities;
       $461,000 for the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, 
     IA, National Institute of Technology for Inclusive Education 
     for expanded outreach efforts;
       $1,421,000 for the Salt Lake City Organizing Committee or 
     to a governmental agency or a not-for-profit organization 
     designated by the Salt Lake City Organizing Committee for the 
     2002 Paralympic Games;
       $1,600,000 to the National Easter Seals Society for 
     providing training, technical support, services and equipment 
     through the Early Childhood Development Project in the 
     Mississippi Delta Region;
       $1,000,000 for the University of Northern Colorado's 
     National Center for Low Incidence Disabilities in Greeley, 
     Colorado to demonstrate innovative and effective approaches 
     to teaching special education students;
       $500,000 for the Baird Center in Burlington, Vermont for a 
     national demonstration to educate students with serious 
     emotional and behavioral problems;
       $750,000 for the Center for Literacy and Assessment at the 
     University of Southern Mississippi to increase its research 
     dissemination, teacher and parent training, development of 
     replicable models for reading assessment and intervention;
       $250,000 for the Hebrew Academy for Special Children in 
     Parksville, New York to continue its demonstration program to 
     enhance the academic and social outcomes of developmentally 
     disabled children; and
       $450,000 for Parents, Inc. in Alaska to train teachers and 
     specialists in the use of technology to support service 
     delivery to children with disabilities in rural Alaska.
       The conference agreement includes $53,481,000 for technical 
     assistance and dissemination instead of $45,481,000 proposed 
     by both the House and the Senate. The agreement also includes 
     $26,000,000 for parent information centers as proposed by the 
     Senate instead of $22,000,000 as proposed by the House.
       Included in the agreement is $37,210,000 for technology and 
     media services instead of $36,410,000 as proposed by the 
     House and $35,323,000 as proposed by the Senate. The 
     agreement includes $9,500,000 for Recordings for the Blind 
     and Dyslexic for the purposes described in both the House and 
     Senate reports.
       The agreement also includes $1,500,000 for Public 
     Telecommunications Information and Training Dissemination as 
     proposed by the Senate. The House bill did not contain funds 
     for this activity.


            REHABILITATION SERVICES AND DISABILITY RESEARCH

       The conference agreement includes $2,805,339,000 for 
     Rehabilitation Services and Disability Research instead of 
     $2,776,803,000 as proposed by the House and $2,799,519,000 as 
     proposed by the Senate.
       The conference agreement includes $11,647,000 for client 
     assistance state grants instead of $10,928,000 as proposed by 
     the House and $11,147,000 as proposed by the Senate. The 
     agreement also includes $21,092,000 for demonstration and 
     training programs instead of $16,492,000 as proposed by the 
     House and $21,672,000 as proposed by the Senate.
       The conference agreement includes $2,350,000 for migrant 
     and seasonal farmworkers as proposed by the House instead of 
     $2,850,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement also 
     includes $14,000,000 for Protection and Advocacy of 
     Individual Rights as proposed by the House instead of 
     $13,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.
       The conference agreement includes $20,000,000 for services 
     for older blind individuals as proposed by the Senate instead 
     of $18,000,000 as proposed by the House. The agreement also 
     includes $8,717,000 for the Helen Keller Center for Deaf/
     Blind as proposed by the Senate instead of $8,550,000 as 
     proposed by the House.
       The conference agreement includes $100,400,000 for the 
     National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research 
     instead of $86,462,000 as proposed by the House and 
     $95,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. Within this amount, 
     the conference agreement includes $400,000 for the Cerebral 
     Palsy Foundation in Wichita, Kansas.
       The conference agreement includes $41,112,000 for Assistive 
     Technology as proposed by the Senate instead of $34,000,000 
     as proposed by the House. The conference agreement includes 
     language which overrides the authorizing statute to provide 
     $22,069,000 for State Assistive Technology projects, a total 
     of $2,680,000 for grants to protection and advocacy systems 
     (a minimum grant of $50,000 each) and $1,363,000 for 
     technical assistance activities to support States in 
     sustaining and strengthening their capacity to address the 
     assistive technology needs of individuals with disabilities. 
     This language was not included in either the House or Senate 
     bills.
       The agreement also retains language from the Senate bill 
     which changes the matching requirements and funding 
     provisions under title III of the Assistive Technology Act of 
     1998 in order to increase access to assistive technology for 
     individuals with disabilities. The House bill contained no 
     similar provision.
       Within the amounts provided for vocational rehabilitation 
     demonstration and training programs, the conference agreement 
     includes $4,600,000 for the following activities:
       $921,000 Krasnow Institute at George Mason University, 
     Fairfax, VA for continuation of learning disability research;
       $921,000 Center for Discovery, International Family 
     Institute, Sullivan County, NY for expansion of services to 
     disabled persons;
       $230,000 Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind in Talladega, 
     AL for a demonstration grant for the National Community 
     College for Students with Sensory Impairments;
       $500,000 Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania for a national 
     model program for teaching higher education students with 
     disabilities;
       $200,000 Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, 
     Illinois to develop employment training services for persons 
     with disabilities;
       $425,000 The Imaginarium in Vestal, New York for treating 
     at risk, low income children with developmental disorders;
       $255,000 Eden Institute, Princeton, New Jersey for 
     community-based services to children and adults with autism;
       $595,000 American Foundation for the Blind's National 
     Literacy Center for the Visually Impaired, Atlanta, Georgia 
     to provide state-of-the-art teacher training in the use of 
     Braille, assistive and other technologies to improve literacy 
     instruction of visually impaired children and adults;
       $553,000 Illinois State Board of Education for an Assistive 
     Technology Exchange Program in Chicago, Illinois, to expand 
     services to individuals with disabilities.

           Special Institutions for Persons With Disabilities


                 American Printing House for the Blind

       The conference agreement includes $12,000,000 for American 
     Printing House for the Blind instead of $11,000,000 as 
     proposed by the House and $12,500,000 as proposed by the 
     Senate. This amount includes $800,000 for the American 
     Printing House's commitment to provide accessible textbooks 
     to students who are blind or visually impaired through its 
     innovative Accessible Textbook Initiative and Collaboration 
     Project.


               National Technical Institute for the Deaf

       The conference agreement includes $53,376,000 for the 
     National Technical Institute for the Deaf instead of 
     $54,000,000 as proposed by the House and $54,366,000 as 
     proposed by the Senate.
       The conferees direct the Department of Education to waive 
     any contribution requirement for construction costs related 
     to the dormitory renovation project.


                          Gallaudet University

       The conference agreement includes $89,400,000 for Gallaudet 
     University as proposed by the House instead of $87,650,000 as 
     proposed by the Senate.

                     Vocational and Adult Education

       The conference agreement includes $1,825,600,000 for 
     Vocational and Adult Education instead of $1,718,600,000 as 
     proposed by the House and $1,726,600,000 as proposed by the 
     Senate. The agreement provides $1,034,600,000 in fiscal year 
     2001 and

[[Page H12152]]

     $791,000,000 in fiscal year 2002 funding for this account.
       The conference agreement includes $1,100,000,000 for 
     Vocational Education basic state grants as proposed by the 
     House instead of $1,071,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.
       The conference agreement includes $5,600,000 for Tribally 
     Controlled Postsecondary Vocational Institutions as proposed 
     by the Senate instead of $4,600,000 as proposed by the House.
       The conference agreement includes $17,500,000 for 
     vocational education national programs as proposed by the 
     House and the Senate. The agreement also includes $9,000,000 
     to continue the occupational and employment information 
     program as proposed by the Senate. The House bill did not 
     include funding for this activity.
       The conference agreement includes $5,000,000 for the tech-
     prep education demonstration authorized under section 207 of 
     the Perkins Act. The agreement also includes $22,000,000 for 
     State Grants for Incarcerated Youth as proposed by the 
     Senate. The House did not provide funding for these 
     activities.
       The conferees encourage the Department to give full and 
     fair consideration to proposals from county probation 
     departments collaborating with community-based organizations 
     established to address the educational and employment needs 
     of ex-offenders.
       The conference agreement includes $540,000,000 for adult 
     education state grants instead of $470,000,000 proposed by 
     both the House and the Senate. Within this amount, 
     $70,000,000 is to be set aside for integrated English 
     literacy and civics education services to new immigrants. 
     Sixty-five percent of these funds will be allocated on the 
     basis of a state's absolute need for services and thirty-five 
     percent will be allocated on the basis of a state's recent 
     growth in need for services. Each state is guaranteed a 
     minimum grant of $60,000. For the purposes of allocating 
     funds to States for these services, the conferees intend that 
     the Department of Education use the most current data 
     available from the Immigration and Naturalization Service of 
     the Department of Justice to determine the number of 
     immigrants admitted for legal permanent residence for each 
     fiscal year. The House bill provided $25,500,000 for 
     civics education services to new immigrants. The Senate 
     bill contained no similar provision.

                      Student Financial Assistance

       The conference agreement includes $10,674,000,000 for 
     Student Financial Assistance instead of $10,150,000,000 as 
     proposed by the House and $10,639,000,000 as proposed by the 
     Senate. The agreement sets the maximum Pell Grant at $3,750 
     instead of $3,650 as proposed by the Senate and $3,500 as 
     proposed by the House. The agreement provides $8,756,000,000 
     for current law Pell Grants.
       The conference agreement includes $60,000,000 for Perkins 
     Loan cancellations instead of $40,000,000 as proposed by the 
     House and $75,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The 
     agreement also includes $55,000,000 for Leveraging 
     Educational Assistance Partnerships (LEAP) as proposed by the 
     Senate. The House bill did not provide funding for this 
     program.
       The conference agreement also includes $1,000,000 for the 
     loan forgiveness for child care providers program, instead of 
     $10,000,000 provided in the Senate bill. The House bill did 
     not include any funding for this program. The conferees are 
     aware of the significant need for and benefits of high 
     quality child care services, and for that reason, have 
     included start up funding for this program. Limited funding 
     has been provided in fiscal year 2001 solely due to the fact 
     that few individuals will meet the eligibility requirements. 
     The conferees expect the Secretary to be prepared to discuss 
     the estimated number of eligible borrowers and amounts 
     eligible to be forgiven at the fiscal year 2002 
     appropriations hearings to help make certain that sufficient 
     funding is available for this program. In addition, the 
     conferees direct the Department to ensure that information 
     about the availability and benefits of this program is 
     provided to all potentially eligible borrowers.
       The conferees encourage the Department of Education, on all 
     existing and future web sites and publications where higher 
     education financial aid information is provided, to fairly 
     and accurately provide information with respect to the 
     availability of loans through both the Federal Family 
     Education Loan (FFEL) program and the Federal Direct Loan 
     Program.
       The conferees support continuing funding for work colleges, 
     authorized in section 448 of the Higher Education Act of 
     1965. These funds help support comprehensive work-service-
     learning programs around the Nation. Of the funds provided, 
     the conference agreement includes $4,000,000 to continue and 
     expand the work colleges program.
       The conferees are aware of concerns in the higher education 
     community about the so-called ``12-hour rule'' and its 
     unsuitability to address the needs of institutions of higher 
     education throughout the nation that serve non-traditional 
     students engaged in lifelong learning. The conferees are 
     concerned about the potential for enormous paperwork burdens 
     being placed on institutions of higher education in their 
     attempts to comply with the 12-hour rule. The conferees 
     understand that the Department of Education has agreed to 
     meet with the higher education community about this issue. 
     The conferees strongly encourage the Department to include 
     all interested parties in this discussion, including those 
     involved in efforts to assure the integrity of Federal 
     student financial aid programs. The Department is requested 
     to report the results of the discussions and any anticipated 
     action on the part of the Department with respect to the 12-
     hour rule to the relevant Congressional committees by March 
     31, 2001. By October 1, 2001, the Department is to make 
     recommendations to the relevant congressional committees 
     regarding the most appropriate means to maintain the 
     integrity of Federal student assistance programs without 
     creating unnecessary paperwork for institutions of higher 
     education.

                            Higher Education

       The conference agreement includes $1,911,710,000 for Higher 
     Education instead of $1,688,081,000 as proposed by the House 
     and $1,704,520,000 as proposed by the Senate.
       The conference agreement includes $73,000,000 for 
     strengthening institutions as proposed by the House instead 
     of $65,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The agreement also 
     includes $68,500,000 for Hispanic Serving Institutions as 
     proposed by the House instead of $62,500,000 as proposed by 
     the Senate.
       The conference agreement includes $185,000,000 for 
     Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities as 
     proposed by the House instead of $169,000,000 as proposed by 
     the Senate.
       The conference agreement includes $45,000,000 for 
     Historically Black Graduate Institutions as proposed by the 
     House instead of $40,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.
       The conference agreement includes $6,000,000 for Alaska and 
     Native Hawaiian Institutions as proposed by the Senate 
     instead of $5,000,000 as proposed by the House.
       The conference agreement includes $15,000,000 for 
     Strengthening Tribal Colleges as proposed by the Senate 
     instead of $12,000,000 as proposed by the House. Of this 
     amount, $5,000,000 shall be used for construction and 
     renovation projects at tribally controlled colleges and 
     universities.
       The conference agreement includes $146,687,000 for the Fund 
     for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education instead of 
     $31,200,000 as proposed by the House and $51,247,000 as 
     proposed by the Senate. Within the amounts provided for the 
     Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the 
     conference agreement includes $115,487,000 for the following:
       $277,000 Calhoun Community College, Decatur, AL for 
     technology enhancements;
       $921,000 Jefferson State Community College, Birmingham, AL 
     for technology enhancements and supporting infrastructure;
       $138,000 Wayne State College, Wayne, NE for development of 
     a family business center;
       $2,721,000 University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in Lincoln, NE 
     for the Nebraska Center for Information Technology Education;
       $691,000 Wayne State College, Wayne, NE for a computer 
     initiative and improvement of technological infrastructure;
       $461,000 Laredo Community College, Laredo, TX for 
     instructional equipment;
       $147,000 Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL for Regional 
     Library Resource Center development;
       $2,482,000 Western Governor's University, Salt Lake City, 
     UT for distance-learning programs;
       $369,000 Macon State College, Macon, GA for technology 
     development;
       $369,000 Middle Georgia College, Cochran, GA for distance 
     learning programs;
       $976,000 University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA Center 
     for Government Studies for the Youth Leadership Initiative;
       $737,000 City University, Bellevue, WA for distance 
     learning;
       $921,000 Southeast Missouri State University, Cape 
     Girardeau, MO for equipment and curriculum development 
     associated with the University's Polytechnic Institute;
       $369,000 Millikin University, Decatur, IL for community 
     outreach and experiential education programs;
       $921,000 Illinois State University at Normal, IL for the 
     Center for Special Education Technology;
       $369,000 Mankato State University, Mankato, MN for a 
     wireless campus initiative;
       $369,000 Winona State University, MN for technology 
     enhancements;
       $461,000 Montana State University, Bozeman, MT for 
     Educational Technology Leadership Institute;
       $461,000 Western Montana College of the University of 
     Montana in Dillon, MT for the Rural Education Technology 
     Center;
       $921,000 Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH for 
     technology improvements;
       $921,000 California State University, Long Beach in Long 
     Beach, CA for Technology-Enhanced Learning Project;
       $1,843,000 Elmira College, Elmira, NY for a Technology 
     Enhancement Initiative;
       $921,000 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR for the 
     Social Work Research Center;
       $4,564,000 The Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education, 
     Oklahoma City, OK for an educational telecommunications and 
     information network utilizing facilities being made available 
     in Ponca City, OK;
       $461,000 William Tyndale College, Farmington Hills, 
     Michigan for Interactive learning center for the 21st 
     Century;
       $980,000 John Carroll University, University Heights, OH 
     for operations and equipment related to the Center for 
     Mathematics

[[Page H12153]]

     and Science Education, Teaching, and Technology;
       $1,713,000 San Bernardino Community College District to 
     support the expansion of distance education telecourse 
     broadcasting, including the purchase of equipment;
       $207,000 Office of Global Business & Entrepreneurship, 
     Gordon Ford College of Business, Bowling Green, KY for 
     technology;
       $461,000 Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA 
     for Technological Infrastructure Improvements;
       $1,068,000 University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO 
     for the ATLAS (Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society) 
     Project for technology-enhanced learning;
       $921,000 Fort Hays State University, Center for Networked 
     Learning, Hays, KS for information technology;
       $1,704,000 Ocean Institute, Dana Point, CA for the Ocean 
     Education Center;
       $553,000 National Latino Research Center, California State 
     University San Marcos, San Marcos, CA for training and 
     research regarding Hispanic populations in the U.S.;
       $880,000 The Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA for 
     the Center for Education Technology;
       $1,152,000 DePaul University, Chicago, IL for training and 
     infrastructure improvement;
       $829,000 Barat College, Lake Forest, IL for the Center for 
     Teacher Learning;
       $949,000 University of Arizona College of Medicine for the 
     Integrative Medicine Distance Learning Program;
       $691,000 Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS for Great 
     Plains Network Connectivity;
       $230,000 Kansas Technology Center, Pittsburg State 
     University, Pittsburg, KS for manufacturing education;
       $461,000 Indiana Institute of Tech, Ft. Wayne, IN for 
     technology enhancements;
       $921,000 Central Florida Community College, Ocala, FL for 
     academic programming;
       $1,382,000 Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA 
     for the Alternate Teacher Certification Technology Program;
       $921,000 University of Tennessee, Chattanooga Challenger 
     Center, Chattanooga, TN for programmatic educational 
     activities;
       $921,000 State Board of Career and Technology Education, 
     Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, 
     Stillwater, OK for a Rural Education Virtual Tech Job 
     Training System pilot program;
       $322,000 Center for International Trade Development at 
     Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK for higher 
     education international studies;
       $1,843,000 Delaware County Community College, Media, PA for 
     technology infrastructure;
       $1,106,000 Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA for a 
     technology education program;
       $2,499,000 University of Hawaii at Manoa for a joint 
     project with the University of South Florida, the University 
     of California at Los Angeles, CA and George Washington 
     University for the Globalization Network program;
       $884,000 University of Idaho College of Engineering at 
     Boise to enhance computing and modeling capabilities;
       $1,843,000 Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Ohio for science 
     education and research, including laboratory and computer 
     equipment;
       $4,146,000 Northern Illinois Center for Accelerator and 
     Detector Development at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, 
     IL for equipment and operations;
       $921,000 University of Redlands, Redlands, CA for computer 
     technology and networking;
       $276,000 New York Medical College for curriculum 
     development;
       $1,705,000 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, St. 
     Paul, MN for development of an e-monitoring environment;
       $92,000 La Sierra University in Riverside, CA for 
     educational equipment;
       $980,000 University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL for the 
     Child Development Research Center;
       $700,000 Center for the Advancement of Distance Education 
     in Rural America (CADERA) in New Mexico;
       $400,000 Crime Victim Law Institute at the Northwestern 
     School of Law, Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon to 
     continue the study and enhancement of the role of victims in 
     the criminal justice system;
       $200,000 Urban Learning Center in Covington, Kentucky to 
     expand education and student support programs that prepare 
     economically disadvantaged individuals for post-secondary 
     education;
       $500,000 Washington and Lee University in Lexington, 
     Virginia for the Shepherd Program for the Study of Poverty;
       $900,000 University of Idaho in Moscow Interactive Learning 
     Environments initiative designed to develop and improve 
     Internet-based delivery of education programs;
       $1,000,000 Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama to 
     assist in the development of a program to enhance effective 
     integration of computer technology in math and science 
     instruction;
       $900,000 Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell to expand 
     its aviation maintenance technology program;
       $1,300,000 University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to 
     upgrade computer equipment and software in its Mathematics 
     Learning Center for enhancement of undergraduate mathematics 
     and science instruction and education;
       $1,020,000 Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, 
     Michigan to enhance programmatic operations of the Great 
     Lakes Water Research Center through teacher education, course 
     development, and equipment acquisition;
       $250,000 Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse in Pennsylvania for 
     continuing education programs;
       $300,000 Oregon Graduate Institute in Portland, Oregon for 
     the creation of Environmental Information Technology 
     certificate and graduate degree programs;
       $750,000 University of Louisville in Kentucky for 
     infrastructure needs to support access to postsecondary 
     education for nontraditional students through its 
     Metropolitan Scholars Program;
       $500,000 Northern Kentucky University to expand educational 
     opportunities for nontraditional students through its 
     Metropolitan Education and Training Service program;
       $625,000 College of Technology at Montana State University-
     Great Falls to establish a dental hygiene education program;
       $300,000 Cleveland State University in Ohio for equipment 
     acquisition and technology enhancements that support 
     innovative educational programming;
       $1,800,000 Galena School District in Alaska for a 
     collaboration with the University of Southeast Alaska for 
     occupation-based curriculum development and implementation;
       $300,000 Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon to 
     continue efforts to research and pilot a comprehensive 
     program for preventing alcohol and drug abuse among college 
     students;
       $1,000,000 Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont to 
     establish the Robert T. Stafford Center for the Support and 
     Study of the Community and to establish an endowment for the 
     Robert T. Stafford Center;
       $1,000,000 Southeast Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher 
     Education for faculty development, teacher training and 
     community outreach;
       $800,000 University of Alaska to continue the Alaska 
     Distance Education Consortium;
       $900,000 College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, 
     Virginia to collaborate with Colonial Williamsburg in the 
     development of the Institute of American History and 
     Democracy;
       $350,000 Lehigh University in Pennsylvania for the 
     Integrated Product, Project, and Process Development 
     initiative;
       $400,000 Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon for 
     the Life of the Mind education initiative designed to explore 
     and celebrate the 200th anniversaries of the Louisiana 
     Purchase and Lewis and Clark expedition;
       $750,000 Galena School District in Alaska to develop 
     alternative education programs;
       $250,000 Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Institute in 
     Pennsylvania for educational programs;
       $200,000 Chippewa Valley Technical College for technology 
     upgrades related to the training of health professionals;
       $1,275,000 Portland State University in Portland, Oregon 
     for the creation of a national Tribal Government Institute to 
     provide academic and professional development opportunities 
     for elected tribal leaders and governments;
       $500,000 College of Rural Alaska-Interior Aleutians campus 
     to collaborate with the Galena School District for an 
     innovative technology transfer program;
       $300,000 Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey for the 
     Community Law program;
       $200,000 Minot State University for the Rural 
     Communications Disability Program;
       $250,000 North Dakota State University for the Tech-Based 
     Industry Traineeship program;
       $175,000 North Dakota State University to develop an 
     academic program in electronic commerce;
       $800,000 Suomi College in Hancock, Michigan for educational 
     operations;
       $6,000,000 University of Tennessee to establish the Howard 
     Baker School of Government;
       $1,000,000 University of Charleston in West Virginia for 
     collaborative efforts with the Clay Center for the Arts and 
     Sciences;
       $800,000 Urban College of Boston in Massachusetts to 
     support higher education programs serving low-income and 
     minority students;
       $300,000 Western New Mexico University to improve 
     educational access and opportunity through educational 
     technology;
       $6,000,000 Pennsylvania State University to establish the 
     William F. Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy 
     and to establish an endowment fund for the William F. 
     Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy;
       $1,000,000 Southern Illinois University Public Policy 
     Institute in Carbondale, IL for the endowment for the Paul 
     Simon Chair;
       $230,000 Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, FL for 
     curriculum development to support the Center for 
     Environmental Research and Preservation and Campus Ecosystem 
     Model;
       $900,000 Oklahoma State University for the Exercises in 
     Hard Choices program;
       $850,000 Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, 
     to establish a Minority Center of Excellence for Math & 
     Science Teacher Preparation;
       $300,000 Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. for 
     technology infrastructure and planning for expanded science 
     facilities;
       $300,000 Boston College to develop technology 
     infrastructure to implement a science education program;

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       $85,000 Loyola University, Illinois, for a program to 
     provide summer research opportunities for minority students;
       $85,000 Pace University, White Plains, New York, to support 
     a center for advanced technology;
       $90,000 Wausau Health Foundation in Wausau, Wisconsin to 
     support the development and implementation of a cardiac 
     nursing certification program;
       $85,000 Foothills Technical Institute, Security, Arkansas, 
     to expand technical training and education programs for rural 
     residents;
       $106,000 Gateway Community College in Connecticut for 
     faculty technology training and technology equipment 
     upgrades;
       $170,000 Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, 
     for a distance learning program;
       $213,000 World Learning School of International Training, 
     Brattleboro, Vermont, for educational technology programs;
       $213,000 Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York, for 
     multicultural, interdisciplinary curricula reform;
       $1,225,000 Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities 
     to establish the National Center for Competency-based 
     Distance Learning;
       $255,000 East Los Angeles College, South Gate, California, 
     for South Gate Education Center technology upgrades;
       $298,000 Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, to support 
     education technology enhancements including the purchase of 
     equipment;
       $298,000 D'Youville College, Buffalo, New York, to support 
     education technology enhancements including the purchase of 
     equipment;
       $298,000 Niagara University in Lewiston, New York, to 
     support education technology enhancements including the 
     purchase of equipment;
       $298,000 Gogebic Community College, Ironwood, Michigan to 
     enhance teacher training in the use of technology in 
     classroom instruction;
       $340,000 Dean College, Franklin, Massachusetts for the 
     Institute for Students With Physical or Learning Impairments 
     to improve instructional and support services for students 
     with disabilities;
       $361,000 Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas to support the 
     planning and creation of the Lamar Institute of Technology 
     Center for Criminal Justice Education and Training;
       $383,000 Ivy Tech State College, Indianapolis, Indiana, for 
     technology enhancements at the Lawrence Township/Ft. Harrison 
     campus.;
       $425,000 Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island 
     to support program and curriculum development associated with 
     the Pell Center for International Relations and Public 
     Policy, including the purchase of equipment;
       $425,000 University of San Francisco, San Francisco, 
     California for equipment and program development at the 
     Center for Economic Development;
       $425,000 Diablo Valley College, California, for a teacher 
     mentoring program to recruit high school and community 
     college students into teaching;
       $425,000 Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, New York 
     for technology equipment and upgrades;
       $468,000 Paul Quinn College Center for Education and 
     Technology to provide technology based services to students 
     and the community;
       $544,000 University of North Carolina at Charlotte for a 
     joint project with the Johnson C. Smith University, North 
     Carolina, for the Strategies for Success Program to increase 
     the number of minority students in graduate engineering 
     programs;
       $595,000 Columbia University, New York, for a joint project 
     with the Hostos Community College of the City University of 
     New York, New York, for a distance learning initiative to 
     train minority students in foreign policy disciplines;
       $638,000 University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin 
     for the Urban Educator Corps Partnership initiative;
       $680,000 Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, New 
     Richmond, Wisconsin, to provide technology training and for 
     technology infrastructure;
       $680,000 Cambria County Area Community College, Johnstown, 
     Pennsylvania, for a management information system;
       $723,000 Roxbury Community College, Roxbury, Massachusetts, 
     for new technology equipment and systems;
       $723,000 Lehman College at the City University of New York 
     in Bronx, New York, to support a professional development 
     initiative, including the purchase of equipment to support 
     these activities;
       $765,000 Carl Sandburg College Community Technology Center, 
     Galesburg, Illinois to support expanded access to information 
     technology and related services, including the purchase of 
     equipment;
       $808,000 Alabama A & M University Research Institute, 
     Huntsville, Alabama, for continuation of research activities 
     and operations;
       $808,000 Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi to expand 
     science and math programs;
       $1,275,000 University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. 
     for a biodiversity information technology initiative;
       $1,700,000 George Meany Center for Labor Studies in Silver 
     Spring, Maryland, to support program and curriculum 
     development associated with a National Center for Training 
     the High Skilled Workforce, including the purchase of 
     equipment;
       $2,550,000 University of Arkansas in Fayetteville to 
     establish academic and research programs for the Diane Blair 
     Center for the Study of Southern Politics and Society;
       $100,000 Neumann College, in Aston, Pennsylvania, for 
     curriculum design, teacher training and development, and 
     technology enhancements.
       The conference agreement includes $67,000,000 for 
     International Education domestic programs as proposed by the 
     House instead of $62,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.
       The conference agreement includes $730,000,000 for TRIO as 
     proposed by the House and $736,500,000 as proposed by the 
     Senate.
       The conference agreement includes $295,000,000 for the 
     Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate 
     Programs (GEAR UP) instead of $200,000,000 as proposed by the 
     House and $225,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.
       The conference agreement includes $41,001,000 for Byrd 
     Scholarships as proposed by the Senate instead of $39,859,000 
     proposed by the House.
       The conference agreement includes $10,000,000 for the 
     Javits Fellowship program in school year 2002-2003. The 
     agreement also includes $31,000,000 for Graduate Assistance 
     in Areas of National Need instead of $33,000,000 as proposed 
     by the Senate. The agreement includes $30,000,000 for the 
     Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnerships as proposed by the 
     Senate instead of $10,000,000 as proposed by the House.
       The conference agreement includes $25,000,000 for Child 
     Care Access Means Parents in School instead of $15,000,000 as 
     proposed by the House and $10,000,000 as proposed by the 
     Senate.
       The conference agreement includes $1,750,000 for the 
     Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural Program as 
     proposed by the Senate. The House bill did not fund this 
     activity.
       The conference agreement also includes $4,000,000 for 
     Thurgood Marshall Scholarships and $1,000,000 for Olympic 
     Scholarships. Neither the House nor the Senate funded these 
     activities.
       The conferees recognize efforts of the University of South 
     Carolina's College of Education to develop and implement a 
     teacher training/teacher exchange program with their 
     counterparts in Brazil, Denmark, Hungary, and Thailand. The 
     conferees encourage the Secretary to support such efforts 
     that link postsecondary institutions on an international 
     basis to promote and improve teacher training and development 
     activities.


                           HOWARD UNIVERSITY

       The conference agreement includes $232,474,000 for Howard 
     University instead of $226,474,000 as proposed by the House 
     and $224,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.


         COLLEGE HOUSING AND ACADEMIC FACILITIES LOANS (CHAFL)

       The conference agreement includes $762,000 for the College 
     Housing and Academic Facilities Loans administration instead 
     of $737,000 as proposed by both the House and the Senate.


 HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY CAPITAL FINANCING, PROGRAM 
                                ACCOUNT

       The conference agreement includes $208,000 for the 
     Historically Black College and University Capital Financing 
     Program Account as proposed by the Senate instead of $207,000 
     as proposed by the House.


             EDUCATION RESEARCH, STATISTICS AND IMPROVEMENT

       The conference agreement includes $732,721,000 for 
     Education Research, Statistics and Improvement instead of the 
     $494,367,000 as proposed by the House and $506,519,000 as 
     proposed by the Senate.
       The conferees provide $120,567,000 for research instead of 
     $103,567,000 as proposed by the House and $113,567,000 as 
     proposed by the Senate. Within this total, $20,000,000 is 
     included for continuation of the interagency research 
     initiative and $7,000,000 is included to support a research 
     initiative on improving schooling for language-minority 
     students. This program would support an interagency effort 
     between the Department of Education and the National 
     Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to 
     identify critical factors in the development of English-
     language literacy among students whose primary language is 
     Spanish.
       The conferees provide $80,000,000 for statistics instead of 
     $68,000,000 as proposed by the House and the Senate. Within 
     the increase provided, $2,000,000 is for a National Adult 
     Literacy Survey; $6,400,000 is for the Birth Cohort of the 
     Early Childhood Longitudinal Study to allow the Department to 
     follow cognitive, physical, and social development of young 
     children; $1,000,000 is for the Adult Literacy and Life 
     Skills study, an international comparative study of American 
     workforce literacy skills in the context of five other 
     nations; and $2,600,000 is for the Faculty Salary and Staff 
     Surveys which form part of the Institutional Postsecondary 
     Educational Data System and are used by many organizations to 
     conduct policy analysis on institutions of higher education.
       The conference agreement includes $65,000,000 for regional 
     educational labs as proposed by both the House and the 
     Senate. Consistent with House report 104-537, it is the 
     intent of the conferees that funds provided to the regional 
     educational laboratories shall not be conditioned on meeting

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     performance standards that compromise the priorities of the 
     regional governing boards of each of the individual 
     laboratories. Further, the conferees intend that regional 
     educational laboratory funds shall be obligated and 
     distributed on the same basis as the fiscal year 2000 
     allocations not later than January 31, 2001.
     Fund for the Improvement of Education
       For the fund for the improvement of education (FIE), the 
     conference agreement includes $349,354,000 instead of the 
     $145,000,000 as proposed by the House and $142,152,000 as 
     proposed by the Senate.
       The conference agreement includes $50,000,000 for 
     comprehensive school reform grants to school districts.
       The conference agreement includes $30,000,000 to be used 
     for the Elementary School Counseling Demonstration Program. 
     The agreement also includes $5,000,000 to provide grants to 
     enable schools to provide physical education and improve 
     physical fitness and $3,000,000 for activities to promote 
     consumer, economic, and personal finance education such as 
     saving, investing and entrepreneurial education.
       The conference agreement includes $5,000,000 to make awards 
     under section 10101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education 
     Act for a dropout prevention demonstration project. These 
     awards should be made to implement innovative model programs 
     that undertake activities to provide support, enrichment and 
     motivation to students at risk of dropping out or that 
     undertake activities to raise standards and expectations for 
     disadvantaged students traditionally underserved in schools 
     in order to ensure school completion. The Secretary will make 
     awards to States or local educational agencies, working in 
     collaboration with institutions of higher education or other 
     public and private agencies, organizations or institutions. 
     Priority should be given to applicants serving the 
     communities with the highest dropout rates.
       The conferees recognize the need to promote the study of 
     American history in our nation's schools, and therefore, have 
     also included $50,000,000 for a new demonstration program 
     focusing on the instruction of American history in elementary 
     and secondary education. Under this program, the Secretary of 
     Education will award grants to local educational agencies 
     (LEAs), and in turn, the LEAs will make awards to schools 
     that are teaching American history as a separate subject 
     within school curricula (not as a part of a social studies 
     course). Grant awards are designed to augment the quality of 
     American history instruction and to provide professional 
     development activities and teacher education in the area of 
     American history.
       The conference agreement includes $5,000,000 for high 
     school reform state grants. Through this State grant program, 
     the Secretary of Education shall award three year grants, 
     through a peer review process, to State educational agencies. 
     State educational agencies will make available not less than 
     90 percent of the funds, on a competitive basis, to secondary 
     schools or consortia thereof to support programs, activities, 
     classes, and other services designed to assist secondary 
     school students in attaining State-established challenging 
     academic and technical skills proficiencies. Grants awarded 
     to secondary schools or consortia shall be used to carry out 
     the following activities: integration of academics with 
     technical skills courses; establishment of learning and 
     technical skills centers within secondary schools; and 
     programs that support and implement innovative strategies 
     such as independent study, school-based enterprises, and 
     project-based learning.
       The conference agreement includes funding under this 
     heading for an award to maintain and enhance the National 
     Teacher Recruitment Clearinghouse and for associated outreach 
     and technical assistance activities.
       The conferees are aware of a research-based program that 
     assesses a student's cognitive strengths and perceptual 
     abilities and designs an individualized plan of strengthening 
     them which has promise to improve students' reading levels, 
     grades, test scores and behavior, thereby reducing referrals 
     to special education.
       Within the amounts provided for the Fund for the 
     Improvement of Education, the conference agreement includes 
     $139,624,000 for the following:
       $921,000 Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, VA for an 
     educational program;
       $461,000 Giant Steps Illinois in Westmont, IL for 
     educational services;
       $1,000,000 San Diego Unified School District in CA for 
     ``The Blueprint for Student Success in a Standards-Based 
     System'';
       $544,000 Utica City School District, Utica, New York for an 
     English as a Second Language Program;
       $9,000 Jefferson Consolidated School District, Jefferson 
     New York for a summer school program;
       $461,000 Texas A&M International University, Laredo, TX for 
     the Reading Research Center;
       $184,000 Riverside Community College District, Riverside, 
     CA for general planning for a Center for Primary Education;
       $547,000 Riverside Community College District, Riverside, 
     CA for curriculum development and related costs for the 
     School for the Arts;
       $343,000 Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA for 
     ``Project Life'';
       $686,000 WestEd Eisenhower Regional Consortium for Science 
     and Mathematics, San Francisco, CA for 24 Challenge and 
     Jumping Levels Math;
       $507,000 George Mason University, Fairfax VA for Center for 
     Families and Schools programming;
       $275,000 Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, VA for the 
     Teacher Leadership 2000 project in Annandale Terrace 
     Elementary School, Belvedere Elementary School, Glen Forest 
     Elementary School, Graham Road Elementary School, and 
     Parklawn Elementary School;
       $841,000 Institute for Student Achievement, New York, NY 
     for establishment of programs at Holmes Middle School, 
     Annandale High School and Falls Church High School in 
     Virginia;
       $929,000 Yosemite National Institute, Sausalito, CA for 
     science-based environmental education;
       $1,283,000 Indian River Community College, Fort Pierce, FL 
     for the Living Science Interactive Learning Model;
       $23,000 United Activities Unlimited Inc., Staten Island, NY 
     for tutoring and homework assistance;
       $28,000 Foundation for the Advancement of Autistic Persons 
     in Staten Island, NY for Eden II teacher retention program;
       $69,000 Community School District 31, Staten Island, NY for 
     textbook and library book purchases;
       $276,000 New Jersey Historical Society for ``Educating New 
     Jersey's Children in the Past'';
       $691,000 Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL for 
     technology-based education programs;
       $921,000 Space Education Initiatives, Inc., Green Bay, WI 
     for professional development and technology programming;
       $3,430,000 The Board of Education of the City of Chicago/
     Chicago Public Schools, National Teaching Training Academy, 
     Chicago IL for the Consortium for the Advancement of 
     Teaching;
       $230,000 Fox Valley Illinois YMCA for the Teen Agenda 
     Program;
       $115,000 L.E.A.D.E.R.S. Program, Rochester Hills, MI for 
     teen leadership, character development, and role modeling 
     program;
       $806,000 Clark State Community College, Springfield OH and 
     Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH for the Early 
     Childhood Literacy Project;
       $369,000 Kids Voting USA, Tempe, AZ for educational 
     programming;
       $921,000,000 Rockford Public Schools--District 205, 
     Rockford, IL for strengthening of a magnet school program;
       $461,000 Carthage Central School District, Carthage, NY for 
     an academic intervention plan;
       $1,799,000 Reading Together USA Program at the University 
     of North Carolina at Greensboro for tutoring program 
     expansion;
       $691,000 National Center for Family Literacy, Louisville, 
     KY for family literacy practitioner training;
       $461,000 Center Unified School District, Antelope, CA for 
     training for literacy professionals;
       $497,000 San Juan Unified School District, Carmichael, CA 
     for a comprehensive literacy program;
       $921,000 San Joaquin Council of Governments, Stockton, CA 
     for the San Joaquin County Reads Program;
       $880,000 George C. Marshall Foundation, Lexington, VA for 
     character development through community service;
       $415,000 National Crime Prevention Council, Washington DC 
     for continuation of the National Youth Safety Corps;
       $921,000 Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, Chicago, 
     IL for Cyber Space Technology Learning Center;
       $184,000 Northwestern University, Evanston, IL Institute 
     for Policy Research for the School Youth Development Program;
       $921,000 North Central Regional Educational Laboratory for 
     the North Central Alliance, Oak Brook, IL for Improving 
     Professional Development;
       $276,000 Midwest Young Artists, Highwood, IL for music 
     education programming;
       $230,000 Shimer College, Waukegan, IL for the Graduate 
     Program in the Foundations of Science;
       $92,000 Aptakisic Tripp Community Consolidated School 
     District #102 in IL for curriculum development;
       $1,843,000 Lake County Forest Preserve District in 
     Libertyville, IL for educational center programming;
       $345,000 Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Columbus OH 
     for a Career Academy Program;
       $111,000 Mariposa County Unified School District, Mariposa 
     California for a teacher initiative;
       $350,000 Center for Advanced Research and Technology, 
     Clovis CA for educational programming;
       $921,000 Media Arts Center, Paintsville, KY for equipment 
     and educational program support;
       $921,000 University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL for 
     enhancing teacher performance in schools;
       $276,000 Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL for 
     an urban quality teacher initiative;
       $921,000 Wichita Public Schools, Wichita, KS for special 
     education teaching reforms;
       $46,000 Beaver Local School District, Lisbon, OH for 
     educational programming;
       $46,000 Belmont-Harrison Vocational School District, St. 
     Clairsville, OH for educational programming;
       $46,000 Brooke High School, Wellsburg, WV for educational 
     programming;

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       $46,000 Bridgeport Exempted Village School District, 
     Bridgeport, OH for educational programming;
       $46,000 Buckeye Local School District, Rayland, OH for 
     educational programming;
       $46,000 Columbiana County Career Center, Lisbon, OH for 
     educational programming;
       $46,000 East Liverpool School District, East Liverpool, OH 
     for educational programming;
       $46,000 Edison Local School District, Hammondsville, OH for 
     educational programming;
       $46,000 Hancock County Schools, New Cumberland, WV for 
     educational programming;
       $46,000 John D. Rockefeller Vocational Technical Center, 
     New Cumberland, WV for educational programming;
       $46,000 Indian Creek School District, Wintersville, OH for 
     educational programming;
       $46,000 Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, 
     Bloomingdale, OH for educational programming;
       $46,000 Martins Ferry School District, Martins Ferry, OH 
     for educational programming;
       $46,000--Midland School District, Midland, PA for 
     educational programming;
       $46,000--Southern Local School District, Salineville, OH 
     for educational programming;
       $46,000--South Side School District, Hookstown, PA for 
     educational programming;
       $46,000--Steubenville City Schools, Steubenville, OH for 
     educational programming;
       $46,000--Toronto School District, Toronto, OH for 
     educational programming;
       $46,000--Wellsville Local School District, Wellsville, OH 
     for educational programming;
       $46,000--Wheeling Park High School, Wheeling, WV for 
     educational programming;
       $921,000--Girard Community Committee Inc., for development 
     of the Girard Multigenerational Center in Girard, Ohio;
       $369,000--St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana School Board, 
     Covington, LA for teacher technology training;
       $92,000--Orleans Parish, LA District Attorney's Office, New 
     Orleans, LA for school based drug awareness education and 
     prevention program;
       $200,000--The ReadNet Foundation, New York, NY for 
     innovative learning solutions for the mentally handicapped;
       $480,000--Technological Research and Development Authority, 
     Titusville, FL for the Mathematics, Science & Technology 
     Teacher Education Program;
       $46,000--Kentucky Sheriff's Boys and Girls Club in 
     Gilbertsville KY for educational and outreach efforts for 
     children;
       $18,000--Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club in Paducah KY for 
     technology improvements;
       $1,382,000--Paducah Community College for the Challenger 
     Learning Center, Paducah, KY for hands-on science, 
     mathematics and technology education;
       $461,000--Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute, 
     Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS for improving 
     teaching and writing in K-12 schools throughout the state;
       $1,176,000--University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM for 
     the Math and Science Teacher Academy;
       $871,000--Florida Department of Education for School Net;
       $553,000--Galena School District, Galena Alaska for a 
     comprehensive vocational program;
       $230,000--California Drug Consultants, Moreno Valley CA for 
     educational learning aids and equipment for disabled and ill 
     children in the Riverside County region;
       $460,000--Daemen College in Amherst, NY for staffing costs, 
     supplies, equipment and computer needs for the Center for 
     Achievement in Science;
       $900,000--New Mexico Department of Education to continue to 
     fund student performance plans at 12 schools and for a model 
     school drop-out prevention program;
       $500,000--Western Village Academy in Oklahoma City, 
     Oklahoma in partnership with Integris Health, for literacy 
     programs and other educational enrichment activities;
       $800,000--National Science Center Foundation in Augusta, 
     Georgia to continue to develop computer based software Exit 
     Exam Review Materials for ESOL students;
       $9,000,000--Project GRAD-USA Inc. in Houston, Texas to 
     support expansion of the successful school reform program, 
     Project GRAD;
       $800,000--State of Alaska to continue reading literacy 
     programs for high school students;
       $300,000--Providence Public School District in Providence, 
     Rhode Island for comprehensive literacy training to ensure 
     that all students are reading at grade level;
       $2,000,000--Alaska Initiative for Community Engagement to 
     improve academic achievement of students and involve them in 
     their own communities;
       $500,000--Semos Unlimited, Inc., in New Mexico to complete 
     a comprehensive initiative for providing bilingual 
     educational and literacy programs;
       $850,000--Maine Center for Educational Services to 
     implement the Schools & Technology for Assessment & 
     Reflection program, a student performance data system for 
     planning and instructional purposes;
       $500,000--American Village in Montevallo, Alabama for an 
     innovative civics education initiative that provides students 
     with a better understanding of the Constitution and 
     foundation of American self-government;
       $500,000--Vermont Educational Leadership Alliance in 
     Montpelier, Vermont to address the shortage of school 
     leaders;
       $600,000--University of Northern Iowa to continue 
     developing a model demonstration program for early childhood 
     education of all students;
       $700,000--Utah State Office of Education to assist small 
     and geographically isolated schools through the Necessarily 
     Existent Small Schools Program;
       $2,500,000--State of Alaska to develop innovative teacher 
     recruitment and retention programs;
       $400,000--Albuquerque Public School System in New Mexico 
     for its Magnet High School for Math, Science and Technology;
       $400,000--University of Oklahoma's Institute for Practical 
     Robotics in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to provide hands on 
     experiences in robotics by developing curricula and teacher 
     training programs to integrate robotics and computer 
     engineering with traditional math and science education;
       $300,000--Salt Lake Organizing Committee or to a 
     governmental agency or not-for profit organization designated 
     by the Salt Lake City Organizing Committee for a national 
     arts and education model initiative for the Winter Olympic 
     and Paralympic Games of 2002;
       $100,000--Museums & Universities Supporting Educational 
     Enrichment in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for teacher training 
     and technology- and museum-based curriculum development;
       $105,000--Wilderness Technology Alliance in Bellevue, 
     Washington for educational reform activities designed as part 
     of its statewide demonstration program;
       $2,500,000--Sheldon-Jackson College Center for Life Long 
     Learning for teacher training and to address the shortage of 
     teachers in remote Alaskan villages;
       $1,000,000--Delta State University to improve access to and 
     the quality of education in the Mississippi Delta area of the 
     State of Mississippi;
       $250,000--Washington and Jefferson College Center for 
     Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Pennsylvania for a 
     comprehensive education initiative;
       $75,000--Northwest Missouri Regional Council of 
     Government's Access 2000 program for educational support 
     services including career planning, leadership development 
     and personal skill evaluation and improvement;
       $1,800,000--University of Missouri-St. Louis for the 
     Teacher Workforce Replenishment Program;
       $800,000--University of Rhode Island for the 2001 World 
     Scholar Athlete Games;
       $50,000--KidsPeace in Orefield, Pennsylvania for equipment 
     acquisition and educational services to support the 
     integration of health and educational programs developed for 
     at risk youth;
       $250,000--Iowa State University Center for Excellence in 
     Science and Mathematics Education to collaborate with local 
     school districts and other partners to increase the quality 
     of mathematics and science technology education for K-12 
     grade students;
       $400,000--Council of Chief State School Officers for 
     professional development and recognition activities related 
     to the Christa McAuliffe Foundation grant program;
       $375,000--Madison Station Elementary School in Madison, 
     Mississippi to begin a replicable, school-wide, arts based 
     curriculum;
       $250,000--Southeast Kansas Education Service Center in 
     Girard, KS to expand and replicate state-wide a school-based 
     mentoring effort that connects young people from grades K-12 
     with adult volunteers;
       $750,000--Keystone Central School District in Pennsylvania, 
     in collaboration with Lock Haven University, to develop a 
     model alternative school;
       $1,800,000--Vermont Department of Education to carry out 
     section 1002(f) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act 
     of 1965;
       $100,000--Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge to develop 
     programs integrating citizenship education, leadership 
     development and literacy programs;
       $850,000--California School of Professional Psychology, in 
     cooperation with school districts in the San Diego, Los 
     Angeles, San Francisco and Fresno metropolitan areas for 
     model teacher training programs;
       $200,000--Regional Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia, 
     Pennsylvania for equipment acquisition in support of distance 
     learning programs arranged with area schools;
       $250,000--CAPE/PETE Net in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for 
     distance learning technologies and educator training to 
     improve educational outcomes;
       $400,000--National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio 
     for curriculum development, technology upgrades and 
     programmatic improvements to educational programs offered to 
     students;
       $290,000--Sunnyside School District in Washington for a 
     reading literacy program;
       $250,000--California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, 
     California for an urban distance learning program;
       $250,000--Philadelphia Pops educational outreach program, 
     Jazz in the Schools; $500,000--University of Northern Iowa 
     Center for Mathematics and Science Education to improve the 
     teaching of mathematics and science;
       $850,000--Southwest Texas State University Center for 
     School Improvement to develop innovative programs to address 
     specific K-12 challenges facing teachers and students;
       $850,000--University of Montana in Missoula, Montana to 
     facilitate a community-

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     based statewide curriculum aimed at preventing violence in 
     schools;
       $20,000--Education, Social and Public Services Association 
     in Seattle, Washington to develop targeted communications 
     related to Washington learning standards;
       $850,000--ARC of East Central Iowa for a comprehensive 
     center in Cedar Rapids designed to meet the learning, medical 
     and day care needs of children and adolescents with 
     disabilities;
       $250,000--American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, 
     Maryland for educational and outreach programs targeted to 
     underserved communities;
       $250,000--Philadelphia Zoo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to 
     create, develop and implement a high school science learning 
     program;
       $2,500,000--Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America to 
     strengthen and expand its school based mentoring program;
       $200,000--National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship 
     for expansion of basic academic skill development and 
     entrepreneurship training programs for students in low income 
     areas;
       $250,000--Opera Company of Philadelphia for an integrated 
     arts education program;
       $9,000,000--Iowa Department of Education to continue a 
     demonstration of public school facilities;
       $750,000--Des Moines Independent School District in Iowa to 
     support the Smoother Sailing program;
       $1,000,000--Iowa Student Aid Commission for teacher 
     training, recruitment and support;
       $500,000--Iowa Child Institute located in Des Moines, IA 
     for planning and development of an innovative teacher 
     education and training center;
       $100,000--Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education 
     Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for teacher training, 
     research and equipment acquisition in support of 
     environmental education programs;
       $400,000--Southeastern Louisiana University to utilize 
     distance learning for the improvement of teacher training;
       $150,000--Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet for innovative 
     arts education through after school and summer programs;
       $250,000--Flathead Valley Community College Montana TREK 
     Center to provide rural educators with professional 
     development opportunities through distance learning 
     technologies;
       $500,000--Hofstra University for a demonstration school 
     that integrates mathematics, science, technology and literacy 
     studies with the arts and cultural studies;
       $250,000--CityVest, a non-profit development corporation in 
     Pennsylvania, to collaborate with area school districts in 
     providing alternative education programs;
       $300,000--YMCA of America to expand drop out prevention, 
     mentoring and teen pregnancy prevention programs serving at-
     risk teens in Dallas, San Antonio and Houston;
       $250,000--American Film Institute for activities supporting 
     a media literacy pilot project undertaken in coordination 
     with the Los Angeles Unified School District;
       $2,000,000--Reach Out and Read program to expand literacy 
     and health awareness for at-risk families;
       $850,000--South Carolina Association of School 
     Administrators to facilitate and distribute the methodology 
     and pedagogy utilized by Blue Ribbon Schools;
       $50,000--Stillman College, Zelpha Wells Cultural Education 
     Center to continue to provide music education and music 
     instruction to minority and disadvantaged youth;
       $650,000--Georgia Project, Inc. in Dalton, Georgia to 
     assimilate Hispanic immigrant children into mainstream 
     curriculum;
       $100,000--West Virginia University in Morgantown for school 
     safety research;
       $1,000,000--Concord College in West Virginia for technical 
     skills training of new teachers;
       $900,000--New York Historical Society to collaborate with 
     area high schools in developing a technology-based program 
     designed to enhance teaching and learning;
       $400,000--Child and Family Development Education Center in 
     Albuquerque, New Mexico to better prepare students for school 
     success;
       $25,000--Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for 
     performing arts training and mentoring programs for area 
     youth;
       $401,000--The National Mentoring Partnership in Washington 
     DC for establishing the National E-Mentoring Clearinghouse;
       $900,000--Florida Institute of Education in Tallahassee, 
     Florida for community-based early learning and professional 
     development hubs;
       $4,000,000--Carnegie Hall in New York, New York to 
     integrate distance learning and educational technology with 
     music education programs through the Isaac Stern Legacy 
     project;
       $200,000--Hispanic Education and Media Group for a Latino-
     Chicano high school dropout prevention program in San Jose, 
     CA;
       $276,000--The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, 
     PA for continuation of the Science Enrichment Expansion 
     Curriculum program;
       $2,550,000--University of Notre Dame, Indiana, for the 
     Institute for Educational Initiatives research center for the 
     comparative analysis of best practices in public and private 
     elementary and secondary schools;
       $1,700,000--Challenger Learning Center of Northwest 
     Indiana, Inc., Hammond, Indiana, to expand science education 
     and teacher training programs;
       $1,275,000--For demonstration and evaluation of ``one-to-
     one'' computing in high-need school districts in Bridgeport 
     and New Haven, Connecticut; San Pablo, Fairfield, Bay Point, 
     and East Menlo Park, California; and Searchlight and 
     McDermitt, Nevada;
       $1,233,000--University of Maine, Orono, Maine, for the 
     development of curriculum for math and science teacher 
     education;
       $863,000--An Achievable Dream, Newport News, Virginia to 
     improve academic performance of at-risk youth;
       $1,250,000--Helen Keller Worldwide to expand the ChildSight 
     Vision Screening Program and provide eyeglasses to additional 
     children whose educational performance may be hindered 
     because of poor vision;
       $1,020,000--Sacramento City Unified School District, 
     California to establish the California Home Visiting Center 
     to train teachers and parents in order to improve student 
     learning;
       $935,000--Thornton Township High School District 205 to 
     support the Thornton Township Teaching and Learning 
     Partnership teacher training program;
       $850,000--Early Reading Success Institute in Connecticut to 
     broaden the training of professionals in best practices in 
     the delivery of reading instruction;
       $850,000--Olympic Park Institute in Olympic National Park, 
     Washington, to expand science education programs.;
       $850,000--The GRAMMY Foundation, Santa Monica, California, 
     for music education programs;
       $850,000--The Learning Collaborative Inc., Milford, 
     Connecticut, for the ``Pebbles Project'' to demonstrate 
     innovative technology to deliver educational services to 
     children medically unable to attend school;
       $744,000--Yale University Child Study Center, New Haven, 
     Connecticut, for a child-centered education pilot program;
       $723,000--Babyland Family Services, Newark, New Jersey for 
     technology training and extended learning opportunities for 
     students, parents and teachers;
       $723,000--Chicago Public School System, Illinois, for 
     teacher professional development and university partnerships 
     to support implementation of new magnet school programs;
       $723,000--DeKalb County School System in Georgia for a 
     comprehensive school violence prevention initiative;
       $723,000--East Hartford Public Schools, Connecticut, to 
     support program and professional development associated with 
     the international baccalaureate program, including equipment;
       $723,000--Sam Houston University, Huntsville, Texas to 
     establish a technical assistance center for after-school 
     programs;
       $723,000--Texas A & M University, Corpus Christi, Texas for 
     services to at-risk bilingual families and for a middle 
     school math and science center at the Early Childhood 
     Development Center;
       $723,000--University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois for the 
     Project Impact Hispanic education initiative;
       $638,000--Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami, Florida 
     to establish career academies;
       $638,000--University of Missouri, St. Louis, School of 
     Education, for the Urban Educator Corps Partnership 
     initiative;
       $595,000--Rutgers University Law School to support a 
     scholarship fund, public interest activities, and its work 
     with the LEAP Academy Charter School, including the purchase 
     of books and equipment to support these activities;
       $700,000--Wisconsin Educational Partnership Initiative in 
     Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin for a professional development 
     initiative;
       $690,000--Washburn Public Schools, Washburn, Wisconsin, for 
     a pilot project designed to provide 6th grade students and 
     school faculty with access to technology, including laptop 
     computers, software, and home internet access, and to provide 
     expert curriculum development assistance to school faculty 
     members;
       $510,000--Dillard University, New Orleans, Louisiana, to 
     expand the William L. Gilbert Academy pre-college program for 
     high achieving low-income high school students;
       $510,000--Educational Performances Foundation CPI, Boston, 
     Massachusetts, for the continued development of the music 
     educational program called ``From the Top'';
       $510,000--West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District 
     in Mercer County, New Jersey, for the ``E=mc2'' teacher 
     training project;
       $489,000--University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois, for 
     a joint project with the University of New Orleans, 
     Louisiana, for the Great Cities' University Coalition Urban 
     Educators Corps teacher training partnership;
       $422,000--Maryland State Department of Education to support 
     the Maryland Educational Opportunities Summer Program;
       $425,000--Alameda County Social Services Agency, Oakland, 
     California, to support an education and training program for 
     high school students;
       $425,000--Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada 
     for a comprehensive bilingual education program;
       $425,000--Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland, Ohio, to 
     expand educational curriculum, outreach and teacher training 
     programs;
       $425,000--Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program, 
     Inc., Detroit, Michigan, for engineering, science and math 
     instructional, Saturday and summer programs, teacher 
     training, and parental engagement activities;

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       $425,000--The Milton Eisenhower Foundation, Washington, DC 
     for a full-service community school demonstration project in 
     up to four locations;
       $425,000--Virginia Marine Science Museum Science Camp in 
     Virginia Beach, Virginia to expand educational programs and 
     outreach to schools;
       $361,000--Oakland Unified School District, California, for 
     a teacher professional development initiative to increase 
     student achievement in literacy, math and science;
       $340,000--Council of Chief State School Officers to support 
     the Arts Education Partnership to improve the awareness and 
     quality of arts in education;
       $340,000--Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, for the 
     Project TEAM minority recruitment program;
       $340,000--Smithsonian Institution for a jazz music 
     education program in Washington, DC;
       $340,000--Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx New York, to 
     develop a distance learning education project for after 
     school programs;
       $298,000--Chicago Public School System, Illinois, to 
     provide vision screening, eye exams, and glasses for low-
     income students;
       $276,000--Chicago Public School System, Illinois, to expand 
     the Chicago Math, Science and Technology Academies;
       $266,000--City of Houston Public Library, Houston, Texas 
     for the ASPIRE after school program;
       $213,000--Future Leaders of America, Inc., Oxnard, 
     California, to provide leadership training and educational 
     experiences to talented youth;
       $213,000--Institute for Student Achievement, Manhasset, New 
     York to improve student learning outcomes without social 
     promotion;
       $191,000--Bremen Community High School District 228, in 
     Midlothian, Illinois, for a summer transition program for 
     incoming freshmen students;
       $191,000--Center for Community Transformation in Chicago, 
     Illinois to support student fellowships and ongoing secular 
     educational activities in community leadership and 
     transformation, including curriculum development;
       $170,000--``ScienceClass in a Box'' educational system, 
     Hoboken, New Jersey, to enhance science and math education in 
     disadvantaged school districts;
       $175,000--Merrill Area Public Schools in Merrill, 
     Wisconsin, to support activities designed to improve 
     educational outcomes for at-risk students;
       $149,000--Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland, Ohio, to 
     establish interactive biomedical exhibitions and educational 
     programs to increase minority awareness of health careers;
       $128,000--Centro Latino de Educacion Popular in Los 
     Angeles, California, program to provide literacy training for 
     Hispanic children and adults;
       $128,000--City of Eugene, Oregon, for the development of 
     educational materials for a Wetland Environmental Education 
     Center;
       $94,000--Dallas Urban League, Inc., Dallas, Texas, to 
     expand technology and literacy training for low-income youth;
       $85,000--Los Angeles Free Net, Encino, California, to 
     provide free internet access to schools and libraries;
       $85,000--Pasadena Independent School District, Pasadena, 
     Texas, to support an early learning program focused on 
     reading, including to purchase equipment and supplies;
       $50,000--Stevens Point Area School District, Wisconsin for 
     an initiative to improve achievement among high school 
     students;
       $43,000--Santa Barbara County Education Office, California 
     for school violence prevention resource kits;
       $43,000--St. Vincent's Family Service Center, Kansas City, 
     Missouri, to implement a violence prevention curriculum 
     initiative;
       $50,000--Merrill Area Public Schools in Merrill, Wisconsin, 
     for an initiative to improve achievement among high school 
     students;
       $50,000--Superior School District, Superior, Wisconsin for 
     an initiative to improve achievement among high school 
     students;
       $38,000--T.R. Hoover Community Development Corporation in 
     Dallas, Texas, to provide technology training to children and 
     their families in South Dallas;
       $400,000--Chester Upland School District, Chester, PA, for 
     recruitment, preparation and retention of teachers and 
     teacher candidates;
       $100,000--Family Communications, Inc., in Pittsburgh, PA, 
     for the non-profit's Safe Havens Training Project which is 
     designed to train school personnel in preventing and 
     responding to acts of violence;
       $250,000--Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory in 
     Portland, OR for a reading tutor training program; and
       $230,000--University of Pennsylvania Health System in 
     Philadelphia, PA for development of a model high school 
     curriculum on genetics and ethics.
       For International Education, the conference agreement 
     includes $10,000,000 as proposed by the Senate, instead of 
     $7,000,000 as proposed by the House. The conferees support 
     strengthening and expanding international education exchange 
     programs to more students and teachers, expanding the early 
     elementary school program begun last year in Bosnia, and 
     pairing more American states with countries in the former 
     Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe. Within the 
     total, $1,200,000 is included for the civic education program 
     in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and 
     efforts in emerging democracies in developing countries.
       The conferees recognize the efforts of Strategies to 
     Accelerate Reading Success (STARS) in Las Vegas, NV where 
     students in low performing schools have shown marked 
     improvements in their reading and listening comprehension 
     skills. The conferees are also aware of the Great Films 
     Project Co., Inc. of New York and their ability to produce a 
     documentary that will provide an objective assessment of the 
     impact of Federal education programs on the education of our 
     Nation's youth.
       The conferees encourage the Secretary to consider funding a 
     study by the National Research Council of the National 
     Academy of Sciences which provides a balanced evaluation of 
     the consequences of high stakes testing, using data from a 
     representative sample of states and local educational 
     agencies. The evaluation may examine the consequences for 
     students in general, minority students and students with 
     limited English proficiency related to academic achievement, 
     dropout and retention rates, quality of instruction, and the 
     extent to which parents are informed about assessment results 
     and consequences.


                        departmental management

       The conference agreement includes $525,684,000 for 
     Departmental Management instead of $488,134,000 as proposed 
     by the House and $504,551,000 as proposed by the Senate. 
     Within this amount, the agreement provides $76,000,000 for 
     the Office of Civil Rights instead of $71,200,000 as proposed 
     by the House and $73,224,000 as proposed by the Senate. The 
     agreement also includes $36,500,000 for the Office of 
     Inspector General instead of $34,000,000 as proposed by the 
     House and $35,456,000 as proposed by the Senate. The 
     agreement includes $510,000 to continue the Inspector General 
     audit of the Department's Student Financial Assistance 
     financial statements.
       The conferees are supportive of the HEATH Clearinghouse 
     which provides technical assistance and support services to 
     disabled students and institutions of higher education. In 
     the last five years, the number of requests for information 
     increased from 30,000 per year to more than 75,000 per year. 
     The conferees encourage the Secretary to continue to support 
     the clearinghouse.

                           General Provisions


                           transfer authority

       The conference agreement includes language to provide 
     general transfer authority for the Departments and agencies 
     in this bill except for the Department of Education (ED). 
     This authority was first provided in fiscal year 1996 with 
     the understanding that the flexibility it provides can only 
     be carried out when proper financial management controls and 
     systems are in place. ED did not receive an unqualified 
     opinion on its financial statements for either fiscal year 
     1998 or 1999. The conferees recognize that ED is working to 
     rectify problems that have been identified, but for fiscal 
     year 2001 the conferees require a letter of reprogramming to 
     the House and Senate Appropriation Committees and a written 
     response from the Committees before any transfer of funds can 
     be made.
       The conferees reiterate that it is not the purpose of the 
     transfer authority to provide funding for new policy 
     proposals that can, and should, be included in subsequent 
     budget proposals. Absent the need to respond to emergencies 
     or unforeseen circumstances, this authority cannot be used 
     simply to increase funding for programs, projects or 
     activities because of disagreements over the funding level or 
     the difficulty or inconvenience with operating levels set by 
     the Congress.

                           TITLE I--TARGETING

       The conference agreement includes language proposed by the 
     Senate directing the Comptroller General to evaluate 
     targeting within the title I program. The House bill 
     contained no similar provisions.


            National Assessment Governing Board Date Change

       The conference agreement includes a provision that makes 
     the terms of service for National Assessment Governing Board 
     members four years.


                  Recalculation of Cohort Default Rate

       The conference agreement includes language changing the 
     process for appealing cohort default rate calculations so 
     that a school that misses the appeal deadline may retain 
     eligibility if a clear mistake was made in the data used to 
     calculate the rate.


             compensation parity for auditors and examiners

       The conference agreement includes an amendment to the 
     Higher Education Act of 1965 relating to compensation parity 
     for auditors and examiners.


                            tribal colleges

       The conference agreement includes an amendment to the Carl 
     D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 
     relating to tribally controlled postsecondary vocational and 
     technical institutions.


                  security interests in student loans

       The conference agreement includes an amendment to the 
     Higher Education Act of 1965 relating to perfection of 
     security interests in student loans.


              historically black colleges and universities

       The conference agreement includes an amendment to the 
     Higher Education Act of 1965 relating to default rates.

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                      national constitution center

       The conference agreement includes a provision which 
     provides $10,000,000 to the Secretary of Education to be 
     transferred to the Secretary of the Interior for an award to 
     the National Constitution Center to continue activities 
     authorized by P.L. 100-433.


                          character education

       The conference agreement includes a modification to the 
     Safe and Drug-Free Schools Act for the development and 
     implementation of character education programs.


                             waiver review

       The conference agreement includes a provision that directs 
     the Secretary to review the nursing program operated by 
     Graceland University in Iowa and specifies that the Secretary 
     may exercise waiver authority relating to this program.


             leveraging educational assistance partnerships

       The conference agreement includes an amendment to the 
     Higher Education Act of 1965 clarifying that funds provided 
     under the Special Leveraging Educational Assistance 
     Partnership Program may not be used for administrative 
     purposes and that matching funds must come from new sources 
     in order to leverage more state funding.


                        student support services

       The conference agreement includes an amendment to Part A of 
     title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 which allows 
     grantees receiving funding under the Student Support Services 
     program within TRIO to use part of these funds for direct 
     grant aid to needy students. A grant provided under this 
     provision may not exceed the maximum appropriated Pell 
     Grant, or be less than the minimum appropriated Pell 
     Grant, for the current academic year. Grantees using funds 
     for this purpose are required to match at least 33 percent 
     of the funds used for grant aid in cash from non-federal 
     sources and may not use more than 20 percent of their 
     grant amount for direct grant aid purposes.


                      student loans interest rate

       The conference agreement includes a provision that replaces 
     the interest rate formula for certain Parent Loans to 
     Students and Supplemental Loans for Students which used the 
     rates established by the auction of 52-week Treasury bills 
     for setting new interest rates each July 1st. Interest rates 
     for these loans will now be based on a new formula which uses 
     the weekly average of the one year constant maturity Treasury 
     yield, as published by the Board of Governors of the Federal 
     Reserve System, for the last calendar week ending on or 
     before June 26th preceding the July 1st effective date for 
     interest rate changes.


                          olympic scholarships

       The conference agreement includes an amendment to the 
     Higher Education Act of 1965 designating scholarships made 
     under the Olympic Scholarships program as ``B.J. Stupak 
     Olympic Scholarships.''


                           property transfer

       The conference agreement includes a provision that would 
     release a reversionary interest at San Francisco State 
     University.


                               impact aid

       The conference agreement includes an amendment to the 
     Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, 
     relating to certain school districts eligible for the Impact 
     Aid program.

                       TITLE IV--RELATED AGENCIES

                      Armed Forces Retirement Home

       The conference agreement does not include an additional 
     advance appropriation for the Armed Forces Retirement Home as 
     proposed by the Senate. The House bill contained no similar 
     provision.


             cooperation for national and community service

        domestic volunteer service programs, operating expenses

       The conference agreement includes $303,850,000 for the 
     Domestic Volunteer Service programs instead of $294,527,000 
     as proposed by the House and $302,504,000 as proposed by the 
     Senate.
     Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA)
       The conference agreement includes $83,074,000 for VISTA as 
     proposed by the Senate instead of $80,574,000 as proposed by 
     the House.
     National Senior Volunteer Corps
       The conference agreement includes $98,868,000 for the 
     Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) instead of $95,988,000 as 
     proposed by the House and $97,500,000 as proposed by the 
     Senate. The agreement includes $40,395,000 for the Senior 
     Companion Program (SCP) instead of $39,219,000 as proposed by 
     the House and $40,219,000 as proposed by the Senate. The 
     agreement also includes $48,884,000 for the Retired Senior 
     Volunteer Program (RSVP) instead $46,117,000 as proposed by 
     the House and $48,117,000 as proposed by the Senate.
       One-third of the increases provided for the FGP, SCP, and 
     RSVP programs shall be used to fund Programs of National 
     Significance expansion grants to allow existing FGP, RSVP and 
     SCP programs to expand the number of volunteers serving in 
     areas of critical need as identified by Congress in the 
     Domestic Volunteer Service Act.
       Sufficient funding has been included to provide a 2 percent 
     increase for administrative costs realized by all current 
     grantees in the FGP and SCP programs, and a 4 percent 
     increase for administrative costs realized by all current 
     grantees in the RSVP program. Funds remaining above these 
     amounts should be used to begin new FGP, RSVP and SCP 
     programs in geographic areas currently unserved. The 
     conferees expect these projects to be awarded via a 
     nationwide competition among potential community-based 
     sponsors.
       The Corporation for National and Community Service shall 
     comply with the directive that use of funding increases in 
     the Foster Grandparent Program, Retired and Senior Volunteer 
     Program and VISTA not be restricted to America Reads 
     activities. The conferees further direct that the Corporation 
     shall not stipulate a minimum or maximum amount for PNS grant 
     augmentations.
       The conference agreement includes $400,000 for senior 
     demonstration activities as proposed by the House instead of 
     $1,494,000 as proposed by the Senate. These funds are to be 
     used to carry out evaluations and to provide recruitment, 
     training, and technical assistance to local projects as 
     described in the budget request. No new demonstration 
     projects may be begun with these funds. None of the increases 
     provided for FGP, SCP, or RSVP in fiscal year 2001 may be 
     used for demonstration activities. The conferees further 
     expect that all future demonstration activities will be 
     funded through allocations made through Part E of the 
     Domestic Volunteer Service Act.
       Funds appropriated for fiscal year 2001 may not be used to 
     implement or support service collaboration agreements or any 
     other changes in the administration and/or governance of 
     national service programs prior to passage of a bill by the 
     authorizing committees of jurisdiction specifying such 
     changes.
     Program Administration
       The conference agreement includes $32,229,000 for program 
     administration of DVSA programs at the Corporation as 
     proposed by the House instead of $32,100,000 as proposed by 
     the Senate. Funding should be used for the new core financial 
     management system and to make other technology enhancements 
     that will improve customer service and field communications.


                  corporation for public broadcasting

       The conference agreement includes language proposed by the 
     Senate providing an additional $20,000,000 for 
     digitalization, if specifically authorized by subsequent 
     legislation. The House bill contained no similar provision.


               federal mediation and conciliation service

       The conference agreement includes $38,200,000 for the 
     Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service as proposed by the 
     Senate instead of $37,500,000 as proposed by the House.


            federal mine safety and health review commission

       The conference agreement includes $6,320,000 for the 
     Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission as proposed 
     by the Senate instead of $6,200,000 as proposed by the House.


                institute of museum and library services

       The conference agreement includes $207,219,000 for the 
     Institute of Museum and Library Services instead of 
     $170,000,000 as proposed by the House and $168,000,000 as 
     proposed by the Senate. Within the amounts provided, the 
     conference agreement includes $39,219,000 for the following:
       $921,000 The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, VA for library 
     archival and educational programming;
       $461,000 DuPage County Children's Museum in Naperville, IL 
     for educational programming;
       $369,000 National Baseball Hall of Fame Library, 
     Cooperstown New York for library improvements;
       $92,000 City of Corona, Riverside, CA for library 
     technology improvements;
       $6,000 City of Murrieta Public Library, Murrieta, CA for 
     technology improvements
       $1,382,000 Sierra Madre Public Library, Sierra Madre, CA 
     for technology improvements;
       $23,000 Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY for library 
     materials;
       $46,000 NY Public Library Staten Island branch for book and 
     archive enhancement;
       $266,000 Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva 
     History and Culture at Salisbury State University, Salisbury, 
     MD for a history laboratory project;
       $461,000 Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX for the Virtual 
     Vietnam Archive Project;
       $230,000 City of Ontario Public Library, Ontario, CA for 
     technology improvements;
       $461,000 Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR for 
     technology enhancements to the library's Government Documents 
     Collection;
       $1,106,000 Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA 
     for upgrade of Information Technology Center;
       $2,600,000 Southeast Missouri State University River Campus 
     and Museum to restore the historic former St. Vincent 
     Seminary for museum programs;
       $900,000 Heritage Harbor Museum in Providence, Rhode Island 
     for cataloging of materials and operations;
       $700,000 Institute for the Historic Study of Jazz at the 
     University of Idaho for the cataloguing, digitalization, 
     development of an on-line database, and preservation of 
     archival materials which it owns;
       $1,800,000 Franklin Pierce College Life Center to serve as 
     a library for the rural southwest region of New Hampshire;
       $500,000 Louisville Zoo for the Diane Fossey Mountain 
     Gorilla program;

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       $150,000 Oregon Historical Society Permanent Exhibition;
       $250,000 Pittsburgh Children's Museum;
       $510,000 Temple University Library for digitalization of 
     resources from its Urban History ad African-American 
     collections;
       $576,000 Franklin Institute for the Design of Life 
     exhibition;
       $925,000 Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
       $500,000 Alaska Native Heritage Center portion of the New 
     Trade Winds project;
       $1,000,000 National Museum of Women in the Arts in 
     Washington D.C.;
       $1,200,000 Mississippi River Museum and Discovery Center in 
     Dubuque, Iowa for exhibit and library enhancement;
       $650,000 Salisbury House Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa to 
     improve security and preservation of its collection;
       $150,000 Linn County, Iowa Historical Museum History Center 
     in support of the ``This Old Digital City'' project;
       $4,000,000 Newsline for the Blind to expand services for 
     the blind to libraries across the country including $100,000 
     for the West Virginia Newsline for the Blind and $100,000 for 
     the Iowa Newsline for the Blind;
       $1,000,000 Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences for a 
     multimedia display screen, and the fabrication and design of 
     a science exhibit;
       650,000 Bishops Museum in Hawaii as part of the ``New Trade 
     Winds'' project;
       $500,000 Wisconsin Maritime Museum for interactive 
     exhibits;
       $250,000 Natural History Museum of Los Angeles to continue 
     outreach and educational activities;
       $400,000 Perkins Geology Museum at the University of 
     Vermont to digitalize its collection
       $400,000 Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center in Camden, New 
     Jersey to expand cultural education programs;
       $400,000 Plainfield Public Library in Plainfield, New 
     Jersey to upgrade and expand computer and internet services;
       $150,000 Ducktown Arts District in Atlantic City, New 
     Jersey to expand access to cultural arts programs;
       $400,000 Lake Champlain Science Center for exhibits and 
     programs;
       $250,000 Foundation for the Arts, Music, and Entertainment 
     of Shreveport-Bossier, Inc.;
       $100,000 Bryant College in Rhode Island for a technology 
     initiative linking libraries of institutions of higher 
     education;
       $120,000 Fenton Historical Museum of Jamestown, New York;
       $461,000 Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission;
       $43,000 Sumter County Library, Sumter, South Carolina for 
     the acquisition of library materials;
       $85,000 New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York, to 
     expand access to plant specimen database;
       $128,000 Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, New 
     York, to expand educational programs for elementary and 
     secondary students;
       $128,000 Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghampton, 
     New York for an educational science and engineering pilot 
     program;
       $128,000 North Carolina Museum of Life and Science for 
     development of BioQuest exhibits;
       $170,000 George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, to 
     digitally archive and catalog photographic collections;
       $213,000 Fitchburg Art Museum in Fitchburg, Massachusetts 
     to expand public access through technology upgrades;
       $298,000 Columbia College, Chicago, Center for Black Music 
     Research in Chicago, Illinois, for education and outreach 
     activities;
       $298,000 Mystic Seaport, the Museum of America and the Sea, 
     in Connecticut, to develop an informal learning laboratory;
       $468,000 City of Houston Public Library, Houston, Texas, 
     for information technology development and equipment;
       $410,000 AE Seaman Mineral Museum in Houghton, Michigan;
       $680,000 AMISTAD Research Center at Tulane University in 
     New Orleans, Louisiana to expand automation, electronic 
     communications, educational outreach and community 
     involvement activities;
       $723,000 New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts for 
     exhibits, technology upgrades and to expand public access;
       $723,000 The George C. Page Museum, Los Angeles, California 
     to expand education and outreach programs;
       $850,000 The Children's Museum of Los Angeles, California, 
     for development of exhibits, educational programs and teacher 
     training;
       $850,000 Berman Museum of Art of Ursinus College, 
     Collegeville, Pennsylvania for expansion of an arts education 
     program and community outreach activities;
       $2,125,000 Silas Bronson Library in Waterbury, Connecticut 
     for information technology equipment and upgrades;
       $2,435,000 New York Public Library for the development of a 
     digital archive at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black 
     Culture to document African American migration;
       $425,000 National Aviary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 
     collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, to develop and 
     utilize interactive mobile robots in support of distance 
     learning;
       $723,000 Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts 
     for the development of a distance learning project.

                  Medicare Payment Advisory Commission

       The conference agreement provides $8,000,000 for the 
     Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the same as 
     both the House and the Senate. A documented national shortage 
     of geriatricians, physicians who specialize in the management 
     of care for frail, older persons, exists. The shortage has 
     occurred, in part, because of inadequate Medicare 
     reimbursement and physician training payment restrictions. 
     For this reason, MedPAC should study the issue, reporting 
     specifically on how the hospital specific cap on residents 
     for purposes of Medicare graduate medical education payments 
     impacts geriatric training programs and providing 
     recommendations regarding how to alter the cap to resolve 
     this problem.

        National Commission on Libraries and Information Science

       The conference agreement includes $1,495,000 for the 
     National Commission on Libraries and Information Science as 
     proposed by the Senate instead of $1,400,000 as proposed by 
     the House.

                     National Council on Disability

       The conference agreement includes $2,615,000 for the 
     National Council on Disability as proposed by the Senate 
     instead of $2,450,000 as proposed by the House.

                     National Education Goals Panel

       The conference agreement includes $1,500,000 for the 
     National Education Goals Panel instead of $2,350,000 as 
     proposed by the Senate. The House bill did not propose 
     funding for this agency.

                     National Labor Relations Board

       The conference agreement includes $216,438,000 for the 
     National Labor Relations Board as proposed by the Senate 
     instead of $205,717,000 as proposed by the House.

                        National Mediation Board

       The conference agreement includes $10,400,000 for the 
     National Mediation Board as proposed by the Senate instead of 
     $9,800,000 as proposed by the House.

            Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

       The conference agreement includes $8,720,000 for the 
     Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission as proposed 
     by the Senate instead of $8,600,000 as proposed by the House.

                       Railroad Retirement Board


                      LIMITATION ON ADMINISTRATION

       The conference agreement includes a limitation on transfers 
     from the railroad trust funds of $95,000,000 for 
     administrative expenses as proposed by the House instead of 
     $92,500,000 as proposed by the Senate.


                      OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

       The conference agreement includes a limitation on transfers 
     from the railroad trust funds of $5,700,000 for 
     administrative expenses of the Office of Inspector General as 
     proposed by the Senate instead of $5,380,000 as proposed by 
     the House.

                     Social Security Administration


                  SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME PROGRAM

       The conference agreement includes $23,344,000,000 for the 
     Supplemental Security Income Program instead of 
     $23,354,000,000 as proposed by the Senate and $23,127,000,000 
     as proposed by the House.


                 LIMITATION ON ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

       The conference agreement includes a limitation of 
     $7,124,000,000 on transfers from the Social Security and 
     Medicare trust funds and Supplemental Security Income program 
     for administrative activities instead of $6,978,036,000 as 
     proposed by the House and $7,010,800,000 as proposed by the 
     Senate.
       The conference agreement includes language proposed by the 
     House clarifying that the Social Security Administration may 
     use unexpended funds for investment in information technology 
     and telecommunications hardware and software infrastructure, 
     including related equipment and non-payroll expenses 
     associated solely with information technology and 
     telecommunications technology. The agreement also includes 
     language proposed by the House that requires the Secretary of 
     the Treasury to reimburse the Trust Fund from the General 
     Fund for the cost of official time for federal employees and 
     facilities and support services for labor organizations. The 
     Senate bill contained no similar provisions.


                      OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

       The conference agreement includes $69,444,000 for the 
     Office of Inspector General through a combination of general 
     revenues and limitations on trust fund transfers as proposed 
     by the Senate instead of $65,752,000 as proposed by the 
     House.

                    United States Institute of Peace

       The conference agreement includes $15,000,000 for the 
     United States Institute of Peace as proposed by the House 
     instead of $12,951,000 as proposed by the Senate. The 
     conferees direct the United States Institute of Peace to 
     provide information in the fiscal year 2002 Congressional 
     budget justification regarding the use of appropriated funds 
     in the Endowment. Included in this information should be the 
     total amount of appropriated funds transferred into the 
     Endowment from the most recent fiscal year available, the 
     total amount of interest earned in the fiscal year on those 
     funds, a list of all dates in which draw downs occur and 
     those amounts,

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                      TITLE V--GENERAL PROVISIONS


                    Distribution of Sterile Needles

       The conference agreement includes a provision proposed by 
     the House that prohibits the use of funds in this Act to 
     carry out any program of distributing sterile needles or 
     syringes for the hypodermic injection of any illegal drug. 
     The Senate bill contained a similar provision except that 
     it would have allowed for such a program if the Secretary 
     of Health and Human Services determines that these 
     programs are effective in preventing the spread of HIV and 
     do not encourage the use of illegal drugs.


                       Fifth Quarter Obligations

       The conference agreement does not include a provision 
     proposed by both the House and Senate to allow fiscal year 
     2000 unobligated balances for salaries and expenses to remain 
     available through the first quarter of fiscal year 2001.


          Restoring SSI Benefits Payments to Appropriate Year

       The conference agreement does not include a provision 
     proposed by the House to restore benefit payments for 
     Supplemental Security Income to the appropriate year. The 
     Senate bill contained no similar provision.


              Evaluation of Abstinence Education Programs

       The conference agreement includes a provision proposed by 
     the House to extend the funding available for evaluations of 
     abstinence education programs to 2005 and provides for an 
     interim report not later than January 1, 2002. The Senate 
     bill contained no similar provision.


             Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

       The conference agreement does not include a provision 
     proposed by the Senate to reduce TANF supplemental grants in 
     fiscal year 2001. The House bill contained no similar 
     provision.


             Discretionary Advance Appropriation Reduction

       The conference agreement does not include a provision 
     proposed by the House to rescind funds from the Payments to 
     States for the Child Care and Development Block Grant if the 
     total level of discretionary advance appropriations for 
     fiscal year 2002 exceeds $23,500,000,000. The Senate bill 
     contained no similar provision.


                        Unique Health Identifier

       The conference agreement includes a provision proposed by 
     the Senate to prohibit the promulgation or adoption of any 
     final standard relating to a unique health identifier until 
     legislation is enacted specifically approving the standard. 
     The House bill contained a similar provision except it did 
     not provide for legislative action.


                      State Supplementary Payments

       The conference agreement includes language proposed by the 
     Senate that accelerates the effective date of current law 
     requiring a State that has entered into an agreement with the 
     Social Security Administration for Federal administration of 
     State supplementary payments be required to remit payments 
     and fees no later than the business day preceeding the SSI 
     payment from September, 2000 to September, 2001.


                Military Recruiting at Secondary Schools

       The conference agreement does not include a provision 
     proposed by the House preventing secondary schools from 
     prohibiting military recruitment. The Senate bill contained 
     no similar provision.


                         NIH License Agreements

       The conferees do not include a provision proposed by the 
     House regarding NIH license agreements. The Senate bill 
     contained no similar provision.


     Across-the-Board Administrative and Related Expenses Reduction

       The conference agreement includes a provision to reduce 
     administrative and related expenses of the Departments of 
     Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education by 
     $25,000,000.


      Emergency Contraception Distribution Through School Clinics

       The conference agreement does not include a provision 
     proposed by the Senate to prohibit the distribution of or 
     prescription for postcoital emergency contraception to an 
     unemancipated minor on the premises or in the facilities of 
     any elementary or secondary school. The House bill contained 
     no similar provision.


               Rights of Residents of Certain Facilities

       The conference agreement does not include a provision 
     proposed by the Senate to amend the Public Health Service Act 
     to add a new section titled ``Requirement Relating to the 
     Rights of Residents of Certain Facilities''. The House bill 
     contained no similar provision.


                Sense of the Senate on Early Head Start

       The conference agreement deletes without prejudice a Sense 
     of the Senate provision regarding blood lead screening tests 
     on children enrolled in early head start programs. The House 
     bill contained no similar provision.


       Sense of the Senate on a Study of Sexual Abuse in Schools

       The conference agreement deletes without prejudice a Sense 
     of the Senate provision regarding a study on the issue of 
     sexual abuse in schools. The House bill contained no similar 
     provision.


             GAO Study into Federal Fetal Tissue Practices

       The conference agreement does not include a provision 
     proposed by the Senate requesting a GAO study into Federal 
     fetal tissue practices. The House bill contained no similar 
     provision.


 Genetic Information Nondiscrimination in Health Insurance Act of 1999

       The conference agreement does not include a provision 
     proposed by the Senate regarding genetic information. The 
     House bill contained no similar provision.


            Health Care Access and Protections for Consumers

       The conference agreement does not include the health care 
     access and protections for consumers provision as proposed by 
     the Senate. The House bill contained no similar provision.


                          Human Papillomavirus

       The conference agreement includes a provision related to 
     human papillomavirus. The House and Senate bills contained no 
     similar provision.


                           Saccharin Labeling

       The conference agreement includes a provision that repeals 
     the mandated saccharin warning label. The House and Senate 
     bills contained no similar provision.


           special benefits for certain world war ii veterans

       The conference agreement includes a provision which allows 
     a State and the Commissioner of Social Security to enter into 
     an agreement under which the Commissioner would make State 
     payments, on behalf of the State, to supplement federal 
     payments provided under Title VIII of the Social Security 
     Act.


                          Statutory employees

       The Conferees note that, given the complexity of issues 
     that were considered under prior law in correctly determining 
     the amount of Supplemental Security Income payable to 
     individuals who are classified as ``statutory employees'', or 
     their dependents, that in the past cases may have been 
     determined erroneously. The Conferees urge the Social 
     Security Administration to act favorable on requests for 
     waiver of overpayment that may have accured in such cases.

                 TITLE VI--ASSETS FOR INDEPENDENCE ACT

       The conference agreement includes amendments to the Assets 
     for Independence Act to make technical and conforming changes 
     to ensure accurate research and measurement of the 
     effectiveness of Individual Development Accounts.

           TITLE VII--PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR PROGRESS PROGRAM

       The conference agreement includes the Physical Education 
     for Progress program which will enable local educational 
     agencies to initiate, expand, and improve physical education 
     programs for all K-12 students.

                TITLE VIII--EARLY LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

       The conference agreement includes the Early Learning 
     Opportunities Act, which is designed to help states increase 
     the availability of voluntary programs, services, and 
     activities that support early childhood education.

                       TITLE IX--RURAL EDUCATION

       The conference agreement includes the Rural Achievement 
     Act, which amends Part J of Title X of the Elementary and 
     Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 to better address the 
     different needs of small, rural school districts. Under this 
     provision, a local educational agency (LEA) would be able to 
     combine funding under various ESEA programs to support 
     compensatory education, teacher professional development, 
     education technology, and school drug and violence prevention 
     activities authorized under ESEA that are intended to improve 
     the academic achievement of elementary and secondary school 
     students.


                          Conference Agreement

       The following table displays the amounts agreed to for each 
     program, project or activity with appropriate comparisons:

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