[Federal Register: April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[CFDA No. 84.336]

 
Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants Program; Notice Inviting 
Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2000

    Purpose of Program: The program provides grants to States and to 
partnerships to promote improvements in the quality of new teachers 
with the ultimate goal of increasing student achievement in the 
nation's pre-K-12 classrooms. For FY 2000, a new competition will be 
conducted under the State Grants Program (State Program) and the 
Partnership Program for Improving Teacher Education (Partnership 
Program). The purpose of the State Program is to improve the quality of 
a State's teaching force by supporting the implementation of 
comprehensive statewide reform activities in areas such as teacher 
licensing and certification, accountability for high-quality teacher 
preparation, and recruitment. The purpose of the Partnership Program is 
to promote significant improvements in teacher education by 
strengthening the vital role of K-12 educators in the design and 
implementation of effective teacher education programs, and by 
increasing collaboration among these practitioners and departments of 
arts and sciences and schools of education.
    Eligible Applicants: State Grants (including the District of 
Columbia, Puerto Rico and the insular areas)--States that did not 
receive an FY 1999 grant under the State Program.
    Partnership Grants--Partnerships comprised, at a minimum, of an 
institution of higher education with an eligible teacher preparation 
program, a school of arts and sciences, and a high-need local 
educational agency (LEA). These terms are defined in section 203 of the 
Higher Education Act and in regulations for this program in 34 CFR 
611.1. Partnerships that received an FY 1999 grant under this program 
are not eligible for this competition.
    Applications Available: April 11, 2000.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: State Grants--June 12, 
2000.
    Partnership Grants--Pre-applications: May 26, 2000; Final 
Applications: August 15, 2000.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 9, 2000.
    Available Funds: State Grants--$7,900,000; Partnership Grants--
$6,300,000.
    Estimated Range of Awards: State Grants--$1,000,000-$2,000,000 per 
year; Partnership Grants--$1,000,000-$2,000,000 per year.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: State Grants--$1.5 million per 
year; Partnership Grants--$1.5 million per year.
    Estimated Number of Awards: State Grants--6; Partnership Grants--5.

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

    Project Period: State Grants--up to 36 months; Partnership Grants--
up to 60 months.
    Page Limits:

    Note: The application narrative is where you, the applicant, 
address the selection criteria reviewers use in evaluating your pre-
application or application.

    Pre-applications for Partnership Grants--If you are submitting a 
pre-application for a Partnership grant, you must limit your pre-
application narrative to the equivalent of no more than 10 pages and 
your estimated budget information to the equivalent of no more than 
three pages.
    State Grants and Final Applications for Partnership Grants--If you 
are submitting an application for a State grant or a final application 
for a Partnership grant, you must limit your narrative to the 
equivalent of no more than 50 pages and your accompanying work plan to 
the equivalent of no more than 10 pages. Submit the work plan as an 
appendix. In addition, you must limit your budget narrative to the 
equivalent of no more than 10 pages and your evaluation plan to the 
equivalent of no more than five pages.
    For the pre-application or application narrative, work plan, budget 
narrative, and evaluation plan, the following standards apply:
    * A page is 8.5" x 11", on one side only, with 1" margins at 
the top, bottom, and both sides.
    * Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) 
all text, including titles, headings, quotations, references, and 
captions.
    * Use a font that is either 12-point or larger or no smaller 
than 10 pitch (characters per inch).
    * For tables, charts, or graphs also use a font that is 
either 12-point or larger or no smaller than 10 pitch.
    Our reviewers will not read any of the specified sections of your 
application that
    * Exceed the page limit if you apply these standards; or
    * Exceed the equivalent of the page limit if you apply other 
standards.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 
82, 85, 86, 97, 98 and 99. (b) The regulations for this program in 34 
CFR part 611, published in this edition of the Federal Register.
    Pre-Application Technical Workshops: We will be conducting four 
regional technical assistance workshops to assist prospective 
applicants.
    1. Tempe: April 13, 2000, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Arizona State 
University, Payne Bldg., Room 129, Tempe, Arizona (Registration: 8:30 
to 9:00 a.m.) Contact Person: Kathy Langerman, (480) 965-3146 or 
klang@asu.edu
    2. Boston: April 18, 2000, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Boston College, 
Lower Dining Hall, Heights Room, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut 
Hill, Massachusetts (Registration: 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.) Contact Person: 
Pamela Herrup, (617) 552-0763 or herrup@bc.edu
    3. Milwaukee: April 20, 2000, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., University of 
Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University Center for Continuing Education (UCCE), 
161 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Room 7970, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Registration: 
8:30 to 9:00 a.m.) Contact Person: Linda Post, (414) 229-4884 or 
lpost@uwm.edu
    4. Miami: April 25, 2000, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., University of 
Miami, University Center, Section A, Flamingo Ballroom, 1306 Stanford 
Drive, Coral Gables, Florida (Registration: 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.) Contact 
Person: Martha Kairuz (305) 284-5937 or mkairuz@umiami.ir.miami.edu
    Any interested parties are invited to attend these workshops.
    Assistance to Individuals with Disabilities at the Technical 
Assistance Workshops--The meeting sites are accessible to individuals 
with disabilities. The Department will provide a sign language 
interpreter at each of the scheduled workshops. An individual with a 
disability who will need an auxiliary aid or service other than an 
interpreter to participate in the meeting (e.g., assistive listening 
device, or materials in an alternate format) should notify the 
Department at least two weeks before the scheduled workshop date. 
Although we will attempt to meet a request received after this date, 
the requested auxiliary aid or service may not be available because of 
insufficient time to arrange it. Requests for assistance should be 
directed by contacting the Teacher Quality Program Office as directed 
in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. There is no pre-
registration for these workshops. For additional workshop information, 
you may visit the Teacher Quality website at: http://www.ed.gov/
offices/OPE/heatqp/index.html or contact the

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person designated as contact for each workshop site listed.

For Further Information or Applications: Brenda Shade, Teacher Quality 
Program, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of 
Education, 1990 K Street NW, Room 6152, Washington, DC 20006-8525. 
Telephone Number: (202) 502-7773. The e-mail address for Ms. Shade is 
Brenda_Shade@ed.gov
    The fax number is (202) 502-7699. Individuals who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    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 under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION OR APPLICATIONS CONTACT section.

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    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1021 et seq.

    Dated: April 5, 2000.
Claudio R. Prieto,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 00-8891 Filed 4-10-00; 8:45 am]
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