[Federal Register: December 14, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 239)]
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Part V

Department of Education

Fund for the Improvement of Education: Partnerships in Character
Education Pilot Projects; Inviting Applications for New Awards for 
Fiscal Years (FY) 1999 and 2000; Notice

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[CFDA No.: 84.215V]

Fund for the Improvement of Education: Partnerships in Character 
Education Pilot Projects; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards 
for Fiscal Years (FY) 1999 and 2000

    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 standards, and contribute to the achievement 
of the National Education Goals. The purpose of this competition is to 
support pilot projects that design and implement character education 
programs as a way to address the broader FIE objectives.
    Eligible Applicants: Only State educational agencies, in 
partnership with one or more local educational agencies, may apply for 
grants under this program. A State educational agency means the State 
board of education or other agency or officer primarily responsible for 
the supervision of public elementary and secondary schools in a State. 
In the absence of this officer or agency, it is an officer or agency 
designated by the Governor or State law (20 U.S.C. 8801(28) and 34 CFR 
    Applications Available: 12/17/98.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Application: 2/12/99.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: 4/13/99.
    Available Funds: Up to $4,000,000.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000-$1,000,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: Up to 10.
    Maximum Award: The Secretary will not consider an application that 
proposes a budget for the entire project period exceeding a total of 
    Budget Period: 12 months.
    Project Period: Up to 60 months.

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

    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 
82, 85, and 86; and (b) the regulations in 34 CFR parts 98, 99, and 
    Supplementary Information: It is the Department's intent to fund 
two cycles of awards from this competition. The first cycle of awards 
will be made from FY 1999 funds. If applications of high quality remain 
unfunded, additional awards will be made in the second cycle in FY 
2000, pending availability of FY 2000 funds.
    The statute governing the Partnerships in Character Education Pilot 
Projects program limits the total amount awarded to any State to 
$1,000,000 and the funding period to five years, of which not more than 
one year may be used for planning and program design. Each applicant, 
operating within these parameters, may, in designing character 
education activities, determine the combination of funds and time that 
is most appropriate. For example, one applicant may request $500,000 
per year for two years, another may request $100,000 for the first 
year, $400,000 for the second and third years, and $100,000 for the 
fourth year, and a third may request $200,000 per year for five years.
    In preparing an application, each applicant should take special 
care to provide a timeline and a narrative that explains the costs 
requested for each budget period.
    Under the Character Education program, State educational agencies 
provide technical and professional assistance to local educational 
agencies in the development and implementation of curriculum materials, 
teacher training, and other activities related to character education. 
Applicants must propose projects designed to develop character 
education programs that incorporate the following elements of 
    (a) Caring.
    (b) Civic virtue and citizenship.
    (c) Justice and fairness.
    (d) Respect.
    (e) Responsibility.
    (f) Trustworthiness.
    (g) Any other elements deemed appropriate by the members of the 

Other program requirements are described in the application 

    For Applications or Information Contact: To request an application: 
Facsimile machine: 202-219-2053; Voice Mail: 202-219-2116; E-Mail: 
Judy__Collins@ed.gov; or Mail: OERI/FIE Application, 555 New Jersey 
Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20208-5645. 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.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding 
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application 
package in an alternate format, also, by contacting that person. 
However, the Department is not able to reproduce in an alternate format 
the standard forms included in the application package.

Electronic Access to This Document

    Anyone may view this document, as well as all other Department of 
Education documents published in the Federal Register, in text or 
portable document format (pdf) via Internet at either of the following 


To use the pdf you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader Program with 
Search, which is available free at either of the previous sites. If you 
have questions about using the pdf, call the U.S. Government Printing 
Office at (202) 512-1530 or, toll free, at 1-888-293-6498.
    Anyone may also view these documents in text copy only on an 
electronic bulletin board of the Department. Telephone: (202) 219-1511 
or, toll free, 1-800-222-4922. The documents are located under Option 
G--Files/Announcements, Bulletins and Press Releases.

    Note: The official version of a document is the document 
published in the Federal Register.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 8003.

    Dated: December 9, 1998.
C. Kent McGuire,
Assistant Secretary, Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
[FR Doc. 98-33093 Filed 12-11-98; 8:45 am]