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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Jun 26, 1986.
(Measure passed House, amended) Education of the Deaf Act of 1986 - Title I: Gallaudet University - Part A: Gallaudet University General Authority - Continues Gallaudet College as a chartered, corporate body under the name of Gallaudet University (the University), in order to provide education and training to deaf individuals. Sets forth provisions dealing with such University's property rights and Board of Directors (the Board). Part B: Kendall Demonstration Elementary School - Authorizes the Board to maintain and operate the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (Kendall School). Part C: Model Secondary School for the Deaf - Authorizes the Board, in accordance with a specified agreement with the Secretary of Education (the Secretary), to maintain and operate a model secondary school for the deaf (model secondary school), primarily for residents of the District of Columbia and nearby States. Requires the Secretary to submit an annual report to the Congress. Title II: National Technical Institute for the Deaf - Authorizes the Secretary to continue agreements with an institution of higher education to maintain and operate a National Technical Institute for the Deaf (the Institute). Requires the Secretary to give preference to institutions which are located in metropolitan industrial areas. Provides for the recapture of Federal financing funds under certain circumstances. Title III: Commission on Education of the Deaf - Establishes a Commission on Education of the Deaf (the Commission) to make a study of the quality of elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education furnished to the deaf. Requires the Commission to submit interim reports and a final report to the Congress. Provides for the termination of the Commission 90 days after the submission of its final report. Title IV: General Provisions - Requires that an independent audit be made of the programs and activities of the University and of the Institute. Requires an annual report to the Secretary from the Board. Provides for the appointment of a liaison for educational programs for the deaf in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services of the Department of Education in order to facilitate the activities related to the institutions mentioned in this Act and other postsecondary institutions for the deaf. Establishes the Gallaudet University Federal Endowment Fund. Establishes the National Technical Institute for the Deaf Endowment Fund. Repeals: (1) the Federal laws chartering Gallaudet College and authorizing the Kendall School; (2) the Model Secondary School for the Deaf Act; and (3) the National Technical Institute for the Deaf Act. Authorizes appropriations for FY 1987 through 1991 for the University, the Kendall School, the model secondary school, and the Institute. Authorizes appropriations, limited to a specified amount, for the Commission.