[Federal Register: April 18, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 76)]
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Part IV





Department of Education





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Bilingual Education: Comprehensive School Grants Program; Notice


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[CFDA No.: 84.290U]

 
Bilingual Education: Comprehensive School Grants; Notice Inviting
Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 1996

    Note to Applicants: This notice is a complete application package. 
Together with the statute authorizing the program and applicable 
regulations governing the program, including the Education Department 
General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), this notice contains all of 
the information, application forms, and instructions needed to apply 
for an award under this program.
    The statutory authorization for this program, and the application 
requirements that apply to this competition, are set out in sections 
7114 and 7116 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as 
amended by the Improving America's Schools Act of 1994 (Pub. L. 103-
382, enacted October 20, 1994 (the Act)). 20 U.S.C. 7424 and 7426.
    Purpose of Program: This program provides grants to implement 
schoolwide bilingual education programs or special alternative 
instruction programs for reforming, restructuring, and upgrading all 
relevant programs and operations, within an individual school, that 
serve all or virtually all limited English proficient (LEP) children 
and youth in one or more schools with significant concentrations of 
these children and youth.
    Eligible Applicants: One or more local educational agencies (LEAs), 
or one or more LEAs in collaboration with an institution of higher 
education, community-based organizations, other LEAs, or a State 
educational agency.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 28, 1996.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 29, 1996.
    Available Funds: $10 million.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $150,000-$350,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $250,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 40.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 
notice.

    Project Period: 60 months.

Applicable Regulations

    The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) 
as follows:
    (1) 34 CFR Part 74 (Administration of Grants and Agreements with 
Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit 
Organizations).
    (2) 34 CFR Part 75 (Direct Grant Programs).
    (3) 34 CFR Part 77 (Definitions that Apply to Department 
Regulations).
    (4) 34 CFR Part 79 (Intergovernmental Review of Department of 
Education Programs and Activities).
    (5) 34 CFR Part 80 (Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants 
and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments).
    (6) 34 CFR Part 81 (General Education Provisions Act-- 
Enforcement).
    (7) 34 CFR Part 82 (New Restrictions on Lobbying).
    (8) 34 CFR Part 85 (Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension 
(Nonprocurement) and Governmentwide Requirements for Drug-Free 
Workplace (Grants)).
    (9) 34 CFR Part 86 (Drug-Free Schools and Campuses).

Description of Program

    Funds under this program are to be used to reform, restructure, and 
upgrade all relevant operations and programs, within a school, that 
serve LEP children and youth. Before carrying out a project assisted 
under this program, a grantee shall plan, train personnel, develop 
curriculum, and acquire or develop materials. In addition, grantees are 
authorized, under this program, to improve the education of LEP 
children and youth and their families by: implementing family education 
programs, improving the instructional program for LEP children, 
compensating personnel who have been trained--or are being trained--to 
serve LEP children and youth, providing tutorials and academic or 
career counseling for LEP children and youth, and providing intensified 
instruction.

Priority

    The priority in the notice of final priority for this program, as 
published in the Federal Register on October 30, 1995 (60 FR 55245) in 
a notice of final priority for this program, applies to this 
competition.
    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) the Secretary gives an absolute 
preference to applications that meet the following priority. The 
Secretary funds under this competition only applications that meet this 
absolute priority:
    Projects that serve only schools in which the number of LEP 
students, in each school served, equals at least 25 percent of the 
total student enrollment.

Selection Criteria

    (a)(1) The Secretary uses the following selection criteria in 34 
CFR 75.210 to evaluate applications for new grants under this 
competition.
    (2) The maximum score for all of these criteria is 100 points.
    (3) The maximum score for each criterion is indicated in 
parentheses.
    (b) The criteria--(1) Meeting the purposes of the authorizing 
statute. (30 points) The Secretary reviews each application to 
determine how well the project will meet the purpose of section 7114 of 
the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the 
Improving America's Schools Act of 1994 (Pub. L. 103-382, enacted 
October 20, 1994) (the Act), including consideration of--
    (i) The objectives of the project; and
    (ii) How the objectives of the project further the purposes of the 
Act.
    (2) Extent of need for the project. (20 points) The Secretary 
reviews each application to determine the extent to which the project 
meets specific needs recognized in the Act, including consideration 
of--
    (i) The needs addressed by the project;
    (ii) How the applicant identified those needs;
    (iii) How those needs will be met by the project; and
    (iv) The benefits to be gained by meeting those needs.
    (3) Plan of operation. (23 points) The Secretary reviews each 
application to determine the quality of the plan of operation for the 
project, including:
    (i) The quality of the design of the project;
    (ii) The extent to which the plan of management is effective and 
ensures proper and efficient administration of the project;
    (iii) How well the objectives of the project relate to the purpose 
of the program;
    (iv) The quality of the applicant's plan to use its resources and 
personnel to achieve each objective;
    (v) How the applicant will ensure that project participants who are 
otherwise eligible to participate are selected without regard to race, 
color, national origin, gender, age, or handicapping condition; and
    (vi) For grants under a program that requires the applicant to 
provide an opportunity for participation of students enrolled in 
private schools, the quality of the applicant's plan to provide that 
opportunity.
    (4) Quality of key personnel. (7 points)
    (i) The Secretary reviews each application to determine the quality 
of key personnel the applicant plans to use on the project, including--
    (A) The qualifications of the project director (if one is to be 
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    (B) The qualifications of each of the other key personnel to be 
used in the project;
    (C) The time that each person referred to in paragraphs (b)(4)(i) 
(A) and (B) of this section will commit to the project; and
    (D) How the applicant, as part of its nondiscriminatory employment 
practices, will ensure that its personnel are selected for employment 
without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, or 
handicapping condition.
    (ii) To determine personnel qualifications under paragraphs 
(b)(4)(i) (A) and (B) of this section, the Secretary considers:
    (A) Experience and training in fields related to the objectives of 
the project; and
    (B) Any other qualifications that pertain to the quality of the 
project.
    (5) Budget and cost effectiveness. (5 points) The Secretary reviews 
each application to determine the extent to which--
    (i) The budget is adequate to support the project; and
    (ii) Costs are reasonable in relation to the objectives of the 
project.
    (6) Evaluation plan. (12 points) The Secretary reviews each 
application to determine the quality of the evaluation plan for the 
project, including the extent to which the applicant's methods of 
evaluation--
    (i) Are appropriate to the project; and
    (ii) To the extent possible, are objective and produce data that 
are quantifiable.
    (7) Adequacy of resources. (3 points) The Secretary reviews each 
application to determine the adequacy of the resources that the 
applicant plans to devote to the project, including facilities, 
equipment, and supplies.

Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs

    This program is subject to the requirements of Executive Order 
12372 (Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs) and the 
regulations in 34 CFR Part 79.
    The objective of the Executive order is to foster an 
intergovernmental partnership and to strengthen federalism by relying 
on State and local processes for State and local government 
coordination and review of proposed Federal financial assistance.
    Applicants must contact the appropriate State Single Point of 
Contact to find out about, and to comply with, the State's process 
under Executive order 12372. If you want to know the name and address 
of any State Single Point of Contact, see the list published in the 
Federal Register on August 10, 1995 (60 FR 40980).
    In States that have not established a process or chosen a program 
for review, State, areawide, regional, and local entities may submit 
comments directly to the Department.
    Any State Process Recommendation and other comments submitted by a 
State Single Point of Contact and any comments from State, areawide, 
regional, and local entities must be mailed or hand-delivered by the 
date indicated in this notice to the following address: The Secretary, 
E.O. 12372--CFDA# 84.290U, U.S. Department of Education, Room 6213, 600 
Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-0124.
    Proof of mailing will be determined on the same basis as 
applications (see 34 CFR 75.102). Recommendations or comments may be 
hand-delivered until 4:30 p.m. (Eastern time) on the date indicated in 
this notice.
    PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ABOVE ADDRESS IS NOT THE SAME ADDRESS AS THE 
ONE TO WHICH THE APPLICANT SUBMITS ITS COMPLETED APPLICATION. DO NOT 
SEND APPLICATIONS TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS. INSTRUCTIONS FOR TRANSMITTAL OF 
APPLICATIONS:
    (a) If an applicant wants to apply for a grant, the applicant 
shall--
    (1) Mail the original and three copies of the application on or 
before the deadline date to: U.S. Department of Education, Application 
Control Center, Attention: (CFDA# 84.290U), Washington, DC 20202-4725.

or

    (2) Hand deliver the original and three copies of the application 
by 4:30 p.m. (Eastern time) on or before the deadline date to: U.S. 
Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA# 
84.290U), Room #3633, Regional Office Building #3, 7th and D Streets, 
SW., Washington, DC.
    (b) An applicant must show one of the following as proof of 
mailing:
    (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark.
    (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the 
U.S. Postal Service.
    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial 
carrier.
    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary.
    (C) If an application is mailed through the U.S. Postal Service, 
the Secretary does not accept either of the following as proof of 
mailing:
    (1) A private metered postmark.
    (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.

    Notes: (1) The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a 
dated postmark. Before relying on this method, an applicant should 
check with its local post office.

    (2) The Application Control Center will mail a Grant Application 
Receipt Acknowledgement to each applicant. If an applicant fails to 
receive the notification of application receipt within 15 days from the 
date of mailing the application, the applicant should call the U.S. 
Department of Education Application Control Center at (202) 708-9495.
    (3) The applicant must indicate on the envelope and in Item 10 of 
the Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424) the CFDA 
number and suffix letter of the competition under which the application 
is being submitted.

Application Instructions and Forms

    The appendix to this application is divided into three parts, plus 
a statement regarding estimated public reporting burden, guidance on 
addressing the EDGAR selection criteria, and various assurances, 
certifications, and required documentation. These parts and additional 
materials are organized in the same manner that the submitted 
application should be organized. The parts and additional materials are 
as follows:
    Part I: Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424 (Rev. 
4-88)) and instructions.
    Part II: Budget Information--Non-Construction Programs (ED Form No. 
524) and instructions.
    Part III: Application Narrative.
    Additional Materials:
    a. Estimated Public Reporting Burden.
    b. Guidance on Addressing the EDGAR Selection Criteria.
    c. Group Application Certification.
    d. Student Data.
    e. Project Documentation.
    f. Program Assurances.
    g. Assurances--Non-Construction Programs (Standard Form 424B) and 
instructions.
    h. Certifications Regarding Lobbying; Debarment, Suspension and 
Other Responsibility Matters; and Drug-Free Workplace Requirements (ED 
80-0013) and instructions.
    i. Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and 
Voluntary Exclusion--Lower Tier Covered Transactions (ED 80-0014, 9/90) 
and instructions.

    Note: This form is intended for the use of grantees and should 
not be transmitted to the Department.

    j. Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Standard Form LLL) (if 
applicable) and instructions. This document has been marked to reflect 
statutory changes. See

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notice published by the Office of Management and Budget at 61 FR 1413 
(January 19, 1996).
    k. Notice to All Applicants.
    All applicants must submit ONE original signed application, 
including ink signatures on all forms and assurances, and THREE copies 
of the application. Please mark each application as ``original'' or 
``copy''. No grant may be awarded unless a complete application has 
been received.

For Further Information Contact: Harry Logel, U.S. Department of 
Education, 600 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 5090, Switzer Building, 
Washington, D.C. 20202-6510. Telephone: (202) 205-5530. Individuals who 
use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 
p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
    Information about the Department's funding opportunities, including 
copies of application notices for discretionary grant competitions, can 
be viewed on the Department's electronic bulletin board (ED Board), 
telephone (202) 260-9950; or on the Internet Gopher Server at 
GOPHER.ED.GOV (under Announcements, Bulletins, and Press Releases). 
However, the official application notice for a discretionary grant 
competition is the notice published in the Federal Register.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7424.

    Dated: April 9, 1996.
Delia Pompa,
Director, Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs.

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Appendix

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Additional Materials
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