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H.R. 5360 (108th): American History and Civics Education Act of 2004

The text of the bill below is as of Nov 16, 2004 (Introduced).


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108th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5360

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 16, 2004

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce

A BILL

To authorize grants to establish academies for teachers and students of American history and civics, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the American History and Civics Education Act of 2004.

2.

Presidential Academies for Teaching of American History and Civics; Congressional Academies for students of American history and civics

(a)

Establishment

The Secretary of Education (referred to in this Act as the Secretary) may award grants, on a competitive basis—

(1)

to entities to establish Presidential Academies for Teaching of American History and Civics that may offer workshops for both veteran and new teachers of American history and civics; and

(2)

to entities to establish Congressional Academies for Students of American History and Civics.

(b)

Application

An entity that desires to receive a grant under subsection (a) shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(c)

Demonstrated expertise

The Secretary shall require that each entity, to be eligible to receive a grant under this section, demonstrate expertise in historical methodology or the teaching of history.

(d)

Available funds

In awarding grants under subsection (a), the Secretary may use any funds available to the Secretary to carry out education programs.

3.

National History Day Program

The Secretary may award grants to the National History Day Program for the purpose of continuing and expanding its activities to promote the study of history and improve instruction.