(a) In generalTo be eligible to receive a grant under this subchapter, a local educational agency shall demonstrate in the application submitted pursuant to section 5964(a) of this title that such agency—
(1) serves an area in which there is a high rate of—
expulsions and suspensions of students from school;
referrals of youth, for disciplinary reasons, to alternative schools; or
has serious school crime, violence, and discipline problems, as indicated by other appropriate data.
(b) PriorityIn awarding grants under this subchapter, the Secretary shall give priority to a local educational agency that submits an application that assures a strong local commitment to the projects or activities assisted under this subchapter, such as—
the formation of partnerships among the local educational agency, a community-based organization, a nonprofit organization with a demonstrated commitment to or expertise in developing education programs or providing educational services to students or the public, a local law enforcement agency, or any combination thereof; and