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(a) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may establish and implement a program to be known as the Teaching American History Grant Program, under which the Secretary shall award grants on a competitive basis to local educational agencies —

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(1) to carry out activities to promote the teaching of traditional American history in elementary schools and secondary schools as a separate academic subject (not as a component of social studies); and

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(2) for the development, implementation, and strengthening of programs to teach traditional American history as a separate academic subject (not as a component of social studies) within elementary school and secondary school curricula, including the implementation of activities —

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(A) to improve the quality of instruction; and

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(B) to provide professional development and teacher education activities with respect to American history.

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(b) REQUIRED PARTNERSHIP- A local educational agency that receives a grant under subsection (a) shall carry out activities under the grant in partnership with one or more of the following:

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(1) An institution of higher education.

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(2) A nonprofit history or humanities organization.

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(3) A library or museum.

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(c) APPLICATION- To be eligible to receive an grant under this section, a local educational agency shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.