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Staff members of the National Institute of Education are reviewing some 160 "comments" sent to them about Secretary of Education Terrel H. Bell's recent proposals to change the number of regional education laboratories and centers and to shift their priorities. The department's request for public comment on the proposals came on the eve of the first open competition for sponsorship of the labs and centers since they were first established in 1964 by the Congress.

The comments reflect concerns about the siting of the regional facilities and over what research priorities eventually will be selected by the Secretary from the list of 26 he has proposed, said Alan R. Wilson, acting deputy director of the nie

nie staff members are developing a summary of the public comments for Manuel Justiz, the agency's director, and Secretary Bell, Mr. Wilson said. The nie's National Panel on Laboratories and Centers will consider the reports in an open meeting in Washington this week.

Schedule for N.I.E. LaboratoryAnd Center Competitions

April 25, 1984

Close of public-comment period


May 17-18, 1984

National Panel Open Meetings--Review of public comments and nie staff reports on center missions and laboratory regions and functions


June 14, 1984

National Council on Educational Research meeting to review national panel report, nie staff reports, and public comments


June 15, 1984

Secretary announces laboratory regions and center missions


July 2, 1984

Laboratory competitions begin


July 19, 1984

Laboratory bidder's conference


Sept. 7, 1984

Laboratory planning proposals due

Center competitions begin


Sept. 28, 1984

Center bidder's conference


Nov. 16, 1984

Center planning proposals due


Dec. 4, 1984

nie director announces laboratory planning awards


Feb. 15, 1985

nie director announces center planning awards


March 8, 1985

Full proposals for laboratory awards due at nie


June 6, 1985

Full proposals for center awards due at nie


June 28, 1985

nie director announces laboratory awards


Sept. 6, 1985

nie director announces center awards

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