[Federal Register: April 4, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 65)]
[Page 16099-16100]
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[CFDA No. 84.360]

School Dropout Prevention Program

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year 
(FY) 2002.


    Purpose of Program: To support effective, sustainable, and 
coordinated school dropout prevention and reentry programs in high 
schools with annual school dropout rates greater than the State average 
annual school dropout rate and in the middle schools that feed students 
into these high schools.
    Eligible Applicants: State educational agencies (SEAs) and local 
educational agencies (LEAs).
    Applications Available: April 4, 2002.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 20, 2002.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 18, 2002.
    Notification of Intent To Apply for Funding: We will be able to 
develop a more efficient process for reviewing grant applications if we 
have a better understanding of the number of entities that intend to 
apply for funding. Therefore, we strongly encourage each potential 
applicant to send, by May 6, 2002, a notification of its intent to 
apply for funding to the following address: dropoutprevention@ed.gov.
    The notification of intent to apply for funding is optional and 
should not include information regarding the proposed application. 
Eligible applicants that fail to provide the notification may still 
submit an application by the application deadline.
    Estimated Available Funds: $9,000,000.
    Estimated Annual Range of Awards: $200,000-$500,000.
    Funding of continuation awards after the initial year of funding 
depends on future Congressional appropriations for the program. The 
Administration has not requested funding for this program in its fiscal 
year 2003 budget proposal.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 15-20.
    These estimates are projections for the guidance of potential 
applicants. The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 
    Project Period: Up to 36 months.
    Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General

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Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 
82, 85, 97, 98, and 99.


Description of the Program

    The School Dropout Prevention program, authorized under part H of 
title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended, 
supports effective, sustainable, and coordinated school dropout 
prevention and reentry programs in high schools with annual school 
dropout rates greater than the State average annual school dropout rate 
and in the middle schools that feed students into these high schools.
    Each grant recipient must implement dropout prevention and reentry 
strategies that are scientifically based, are sustainable, and have 
been widely replicated. These strategies may include--
    (1) Specific strategies for targeted purposes, such as--
    (a) Effective early intervention programs designed to identify at-
risk students;
    (b) Effective programs serving at-risk students, including racial 
and ethnic minorities and pregnant and parenting teenagers, designed to 
prevent these students from dropping out of school; and
    (c) Effective programs to identify youth who have already dropped 
out of school and encourage them to reenter school and complete their 
secondary education; and
    (2) Approaches such as breaking larger schools into smaller 
learning communities and other comprehensive reform approaches, 
creating alternative school programs, and developing clear linkages 
from schools to career skills and employment.


    We strongly encourage you to submit your application to us 
electronically. Submission of an electronic application involves the 
use of the Electronic Grant Application System (e-APPLICATION, formerly 
e-GAPS) portion of the Grant Administration and Payment System (GAPS). 
However, you may submit your application in paper format if you prefer.
    You can access the electronic application for the School Dropout 
Prevention program at: http://e-grants.ed.gov.
    You may also obtain a copy of the application package from the 
contact person identified under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking

    Some of the procedures in these instructions for transmitting 
applications differ from those EDGAR (34 CFR 75.102). Under the 
Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553) the Department generally 
offers interested parties the opportunity to comment on proposed 
regulations. However, these amendments make procedural changes only and 
do not establish new substantive policy. Therefore, under 5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(A), the Secretary has determined that proposed rulemaking is not 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christine Jackson, Office of 
Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, 400 
Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 2W104, FOB-6, Washington, DC 20202-6254. 
Telephone: (202) 260-2516 or via Internet: christine.jackson@ed.gov. 
Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may 
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-888-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this notice in an 
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding 
paragraph. Please note, however, that the Department is not able to 
reproduce in an alternative format the standard forms included in the 

Electronic Access to This Document

    You may view this document, as well as all other Department of 
Education documents published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe 
Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: 
    To use PDF, you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is 
available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, 
call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) at (202) 512-1530 or, 
(toll free, at 1-888-293-6498), or in the Washington, DC, area at (202) 
    The official version of this document is the document published in 
the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of 
the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available 
on GPO Access at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/index.html.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 6551 et seq.

    Dated: March 29, 2002.
Susan B. Neuman,
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.
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