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Selection of institution to administer project   

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The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall contract, no later than 75 days after the enactment of this chapter, with a public or private institution of higher education in this state for the administration of the project. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, this contract shall be for a term of five years, subject to the availability of funding for this purpose. The superintendent shall select for this purpose the institution that is best able to demonstrate a history of all of the following:

(a) Successful experience directing a comprehensive international studies curriculum and staff development program for elementary and secondary teachers. The institution shall submit documentation from local school districts that clearly indicates their willingness to cooperate in the project by providing payment for a portion of the costs of release time for teacher training.

(b) Obtaining private and public financial support for the development and operation of curriculum and staff development programs.

(c) Developing and operating interdepartmental programs within higher education.

(d) Developing and operating collaborative programs involving colleges, universities, and nonschool organizations having international resources.

(Added by Stats. 1985, Ch. 1173, Sec. 1.)