[Federal Register: June 21, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 121)]
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Part XI

Department of Education


Fund for the Improvement of Education; Elementary School Mathematics
and Science Equipment Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New
Awards, Final Priority and Limitation on Use of Funds for Fiscal Years 
1996 and 1997

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[CFDA No.: 84.215Q]

Fund for the Improvement of Education; Elementary School 
Mathematics and Science Equipment Program; Notice Inviting Applications 
For New Awards for Fiscal Years 1996 and 1997

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Fund for the Improvement of 
Education (FIE) is to support nationally significant programs to 
improve the quality of education, assist all students to meet 
challenging State content and student performance standards, and 
contribute to the achievement of the National Education Goals. The 
purpose of this competition is to raise the quality of instruction in 
mathematics and science in the Nation's elementary schools by providing 
equipment and materials necessary for hands-on instruction.
    Eligible Applicants: Only local education agencies located within 
Empowerment Zones or Enterprise Communities may apply for awards under 
this competition. A list of Empowerment Zones and Enterprise 
Communities is included at the end of the Notice of Final Priorities 
published in this edition of the Federal Register.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 2, 1996.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: October 1, 1996.
    Applications Available: June 24, 1996
    Available Funds: $3,000,000.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $35,000-$350,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $192,500.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 16.

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

    Maximum Award: The Secretary does not consider an application that 
proposes a budget exceeding $350,000 for a single budget period of 12 
    Project Period: Up to 12 months.
    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Awards will be made from fiscal year 
1996 funds. If Congress requires the Department to use fiscal year 1997 
funds to make additional awards under the elementary school mathematics 
and science equipment program, the Secretary intends to elect 
applications of sufficiently high quality that remain unfunded under 
this competition.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) 34 CFR Parts 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 
and 85; and (b) the final regulations for Standards for the Conduct and 
Evaluation of Activities Carried Out by the Office of Educational 
Research and Improvement (OERI)--Evaluation of Applications for Grants 
and Cooperative Agreements and Proposals for Contracts, published on 
September 14, 1995, in the Federal Register (60 FR 47808), and to be 
codified at 34 CFR Part 700.
    Priority: The notice of final priorities as published in this issue 
of the Federal Register applies to this competition.
    Limitations on Use of Funds: Limitations on the use of funds are 
defined in the notice of final priorities as published in this issue of 
the Federal Register.

    Note: Through the Notice of Final Priority, the Secretary makes 
sections 14503 - 14506 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 8893-8896) applicable 
to awards made to LEAs under this program. Section 14503 requires an 
LEA receiving grant funds under this program to provide private 
school children and teachers, on an equitable basis, special 
educational services or other program benefits under this program. 
The section further requires LEAs to consult with private school 
officials during the design and development of the proposed project. 
Each application should describe the ways in which the proposed 
project will address the needs of private school children and 

    For Applications or Information Contact: We encourage you to 
request an application by facsimile machine: Jennifer Ryan, (202) 219-
2053, or by mail: Math and Science Equipment Application, U.S. 
Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Room 502K, 
Washington, DC 20208-5645. However, if that is not convenient, you may 
use voicemail: Jennifer Ryan, (202) 219-2274.
    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; on the Internet Gopher Server at 
GOPHER.ED.GOV (under Announcements, Bulletins, and Press Releases); or 
on the World Wide Web at (http://www.ed.gov/money.html). However, the 
official application notice for a discretionary grant competition is 
the notice published in the Federal Register.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 8001.

    Dated: June 18, 1996.
Sharon P. Robinson,
Assistant Secretary for Research and Improvement.
[FR Doc. 96-15903 Filed 6-20-96; 8:45 am]