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6/29/1978--Introduced. Department of Education Organization Act - Title I: Findings and Purpose - Declares that the purpose of this Act is to promote the quality of education and to enable the Federal Government to more effectively coordinate its education activities. Title II: Establishment of the Department - Establishes an executive department to be known as the Department of Education, with a Secretary of Education as its head. Establishes within such Department: (1) an Office of Inspector General; (2) a General Counsel; (3) a research and development office; (4) an elementary and secondary education office; (5) a postsecondary education office; (6) an Office for Civil Rights; (7) a child nutrition office; (8) an Indian, Alaskan Natives, and Aleut office; and (9) an overseas dependents office. Establishes an Intergovernmental Advisory Council on Education. Establishes a Federal Interagency Committee on Education to assure effective coordination of Federal programs affecting education. Title III: Transfers of Functions - Transfers to the Secretary of Education specified functions of the: (1) Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; (2) Department of Defense; (3) National Science Foundation; (4) Department of Justice; and (5) Department of Housing and Urban Development. Title IV: Administrative Provisions - Sets forth the authority of the Secretary of Education. Authorizes to be appropriated such funds as are necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act. Title V: Transitional, Savings, and Conforming Provisions - Redesignates the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare as the Department of Health and Welfare, and the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare as the Secretary of Health and Welfare. Amends the Indian Self-Determination and Educational Assistance Act to authorize the Secretary of Education to enter into contracts with tribal organizations to carry out functions transferred to the Secretary from the Department of the Interior under this Act. Title VI: Effective Date and Interim Appointments - Sets out the effective date of this Act. Authorizes the President of the United States to make initial interim appointments to the Department of Education under specified conditions.