FR Doc 03-7970
[Federal Register: April 1, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 62)]
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Part V

Department of Education


Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools--Carol M. White Physical Education 
Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year 
(FY) 2003; Notice

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[CFDA No. 84.215F]

Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools--Carol M. White Physical 
Education Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for 
Fiscal Year (FY) 2003

    Purpose of Program: The Carol M. White Physical Education Program 
provides grants to initiate, expand, or improve physical education 
programs, including after-school programs, for students in one or more 
grades from kindergarten through 12th grade in order to help students 
make progress toward meeting State standards for physical education.
    For FY 2003 the competition for new awards focuses on a statutory 
requirement we describe in the Statutory Requirements section of this 
application notice.
    Eligible Applicants: Local educational agencies (LEAs) and 
community-based organizations (CBOs), including faith-based 
organizations provided that they meet applicable statutory and 
regulatory requirements.
    Applications Available: April 1, 2003.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 12, 2003.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 12, 2003.
    Estimated Available Funds: $59.5 million.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000-$500,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $300,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 198.

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

    Project Period: Up to 12 months.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 
81, 82, 85, 97, 98, and 99.
    Statutory Requirements: We will award grants to LEAs and CBOs to 
pay the Federal share of the costs of initiating, expanding, or 
improving physical education programs (including after-school programs) 
for kindergarten through 12th grade students by--
    (1) Providing equipment and support to enable students to 
participate actively in physical education activities, and
    (2) Providing funds for staff and teacher training and education,

in order to make progress toward meeting State standards for physical 

Administrative Costs

    Not more than 5 percent of the grant funds made available to an LEA 
or CBO in any fiscal year may be used for administrative costs.

Federal Share

    The Federal share for grants under this program may not exceed 90 
percent of the total cost of a project.

Prohibition Against Supplanting

    Grant funds made available under this program shall be used to 
supplement and not supplant other Federal, State, or local funds 
available for physical education activities.

Participation of Home-Schooled or Private School Students

    An application for funds under this program may provide for the 
participation of students enrolled in private, nonprofit elementary or 
secondary schools and their parents and teachers, or home-schooled 
students and their parents and teachers.

Equitable Distribution

    We will ensure, to the extent practicable, an equitable 
distribution of awards among applicants serving urban and rural areas.

Special Rule

    Extracurricular activities, such as team sports and Reserve 
Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program activities, shall not be 
considered as part of the curriculum of a physical education program.


Novice Applicants

    We encourage the participation of novice applicants, including 
faith-based organizations, in the Carol M. White Physical Education 
Program. Therefore, we will reserve up to 25 percent of available funds 
for grants to novice entities submitting high-quality applications. 
Applications submitted by eligible novice entities will be read, 
scored, ranked, and considered for funding separately from applications 
submitted by non-novice eligible entities.

Cap on Awards for Novice Applicants

    The maximum award for which a novice applicant may apply is 
$150,000. Applications submitted for consideration under the novice 
provisions that request funding in excess of $150,000 will be read in 
the pool of applications submitted by non-novice entities.

Form Applications

    An application under this program should address the specific needs 
of the population that the applicant proposes to serve, and activities 
should be designed to meet those needs. As a result, we strongly 
discourage applicants from using ``form'' applications or proposals 
that do not address the identified needs of their student population or 
that fail to provide a clear plan for helping students meet State 
standards for physical education.

Additional Awards

    Contingent upon the availability of funds, we may make additional 
awards in FY 2004 from the rank-ordered list of unfunded applications 
from this competition.

Participation of Faith-Based Organizations

    Faith-based organizations are eligible to apply for grants under 
this competition provided they meet all statutory and regulatory 

Program Elements

    A physical education program funded by the Carol M. White Physical 
Education Program may provide for one or more of the following:
    (1) Fitness education and assessment to help students understand, 
improve, or maintain their physical well-being.
    (2) Instruction in a variety of motor skills and physical 
activities designed to enhance the physical, mental, or social or 
emotional development of every student.
    (3) Development of, and instruction in, cognitive concepts about 
motor skill and physical fitness that support a lifelong healthy 
    (4) Opportunities to develop positive social and cooperative skills 
through physical activity participation.
    (5) Instruction in healthy eating habits and good nutrition.
    (6) Opportunities for professional development for teachers of 
physical education to stay abreast of the latest research, issues, and 
trends in the field of physical education.
    Definitions: For the purpose of this competition, terms used in 
this notice have the following meanings:

Local Educational Agency

    (A) General. In general, the term local educational agency means a 
public board of education or other public authority legally constituted 
within a State for either administrative control or direction of, or to 
perform a service function for, public elementary schools or secondary 
schools in a city, county, township, school district, or other 
political subdivision of a State, or for a combination of school 
districts or counties that is recognized in a State as

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an administrative agency for its public elementary or secondary 
    (B) Administrative control and direction. The term includes any 
other public institution or agency having administrative control and 
direction of a public elementary school or secondary school.
    (C) BIA schools. The term includes an elementary school or 
secondary school funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, but only to 
the extent that including the school makes the school eligible for 
programs for which specific eligibility is not provided to the school 
in another provision of law and the school does not have a student 
population that is smaller than the student population of the local 
educational agency receiving assistance under the ESEA with the 
smallest student population, except that the school shall not be 
subject to the jurisdiction of any State educational agency other than 
the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
    (D) Educational service agencies. The term includes educational 
service agencies and consortia of those agencies.
    (E) State educational agency. The term includes the State 
educational agency in a State in which the State educational agency is 
the sole educational agency for all public schools.
    Community-based organization means a public or private nonprofit 
organization of demonstrated effectiveness that: (a) is representative 
of a community or significant segments of a community; and (b) provides 
educational or related services to individuals in the community.
    Nonprofit as applied to an agency, organization, or institution, 
means that it is owned and operated by one or more corporations or 
associations whose net earnings do not benefit, and cannot lawfully 
benefit, any private shareholder or entity.
    Novice Applicant means--
    (1) Any applicant for a grant from ED that--
    (i) Has never received a grant or subgrant under the Carol M. White 
Physical Education program;
    (ii) Has never been a member of a group application, submitted in 
accordance with Sec. Sec.  75.127-75.129 of EDGAR, that received a 
grant under the Carol M. White Physical Education program; and
    (iii) Has not had an active discretionary grant from the Federal 
Government in the five years before the deadline date for applications 
under this competition.
    (2) In the case of a group application submitted in accordance with 
Sec. Sec.  75.127-129, a group that includes only parties that meet the 
requirements of paragraph (1) of this definition.

    Note: A grant is active until the end of the grant's project or 
funding period, including any extensions of those periods that 
extend the grantee's authority to obligate funds.

Selection Criteria

    We use the following selection criteria to evaluate applications 
for new grants under this competition. The maximum score for all of 
these criteria is 100 points. The maximum score for each criterion or 
factor under that criterion is indicated in parentheses.
(1) Need for project. (25 points)
    In determining the need for the proposed project, the following 
factor is considered:
    (a) The extent to which specific gaps or weaknesses in services, 
infrastructure, or opportunities have been identified and will be 
addressed by the proposed project, including the nature and magnitude 
of those gaps or weaknesses.

(Note: The specific gaps or weaknesses we will be looking for are 
gaps and weaknesses in meeting State standards for physical 
(2) Significance. (25 points)
    In determining the significance of the proposed project, the 
following factors are considered:
    (a) The likelihood that the proposed project will result in system 
change or improvement;
    (b) The extent to which the proposed project involves the 
development or demonstration of promising new strategies that build on, 
or are alternatives to, existing strategies; and
    (c) The importance or magnitude of the results or outcomes likely 
to be attained by the proposed project, especially improvements in 
teaching and student achievement.

(Note: Under this criterion we will be looking at the applicant's 
approach to an integrated set of planned, sequential strategies and 
activities designed to help students understand, improve, or 
maintain their physical well-being and promote professional 
development for teachers of physical education.)

(3) Quality of the Project Design. (25 points)
    In determining the quality of the design of the proposed project, 
the following factors are considered:
    (a) The extent to which the proposed activities constitute a 
coherent, sustained program of training in the field;
    (b) The extent to which the design of the proposed project reflects 
up-to-date knowledge from research and effective practice;
    (c) The extent to which the goals, objectives, and outcomes to be 
achieved by the proposed project are clearly specified and measurable; 

(Note: Under this criterion we will be looking at the quality of the 
applicant's plan to help students make progress toward meeting State 
standards for physical education, including the linkage between 
proposed activities and State standards.)

(4) Quality of the Project Evaluation. (25 points)
    In determining the quality of the evaluation, the following factors 
are considered:
    (a) The extent to which the methods of evaluation include the use 
of objective performance measures that are clearly related to the 
intended outcomes of the project and will produce quantitative and 
qualitative data to the extent possible; and
    (b) The extent to which the methods of evaluation will provide 
performance feedback and permit periodic assessment of progress toward 
achieving intended outcomes.
    For Applications Contact: Education Publications Center (ED Pubs), 
P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Telephone (toll free): 1-877-433-
7827. Fax: (301) 470-1244. If you use a telecommunications device for 
the deaf, you may call 1-877-576-7734. You may also contact ED Pubs at 
its Web site: Or you may contact ED 
Pubs at its e-mail address:    If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify 
this competition as follows: CFDA number 84.215F.

    Note: Some of the procedures in these instructions for 
transmitting applications differ from those in the Education 
Department General Administrative Regulations (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 required.

Pilot Project for Electronic Submission of Applications

    In FY 2003, the U.S. Department of Education is continuing to 
expand its pilot project of electronic submission of applications to 
include additional formula grant programs, as well as

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discretionary grant competitions. The Carol M. White Physical Education 
Program is one of the programs included in the pilot project. If you 
are an applicant under this grant competition, you may submit your 
application to us in either electronic or paper format.
    The pilot project involves the use of the Electronic Grant 
Application System (e-Application, formerly e-GAPS) portion of the 
Grant Administration and Payment System (GAPS). We invite your 
participation in this pilot project. We will continue to evaluate its 
success and solicit suggestions for improvement.
    If you participate in this e-Application pilot, please note the 
    [sbull] Your participation is voluntary.
    [sbull] You will not receive any additional point value or penalty 
because you submit a grant application in electronic or paper format.
    [sbull] You can submit all documents electronically, including the 
Application for Federal Assistance (ED Form 424), Budget Information--
Non-Construction Programs, (ED Form 524), and all necessary assurances 
and certifications.
    [sbull] Within three working days of submitting your electronic 
application, fax a signed copy of the Application for Federal 
Assistance (ED Form 424) to the Application Control Center following 
these steps:
    1. Print ED Form 424 from the e-Application system.
    2. Make sure that the applicant's Authorizing Representative signs 
this form.
    3. Before faxing this form, submit your electronic application via 
the e-Application system. (You will receive an automatic 
acknowledgement, which will include a PR/Award number an identifying 
number unique to your application).
    4. Place the PR/Award number in the upper right corner of ED Form 
    5. Fax ED Form 424 to the Application Control Center within three 
business days of submitting your electronic application at (202) 260-
    6. We may request that you give us original signatures on all other 
forms at a later date.
    7. Closing Date Extension in the case of System Unavailability: If 
you elect to participate in the e-Application pilot for the Carol M. 
White Physical Education Program and you are prevented from submitting 
your application on the closing date because the e-Application system 
is unavailable, we will grant you an extension of one business day in 
order to transmit your application via e-Application, by mail, or by 
hand delivery. For us to grant this extension:
    (1) you must be a registered user of e-Applications, and have 
initiated an e-Application for this competition; and
    (2)(a) The e-Application system must be unavailable for 60 minutes 
or more between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (ET), on the 
deadline date; or
    (b) the e-Application system must be unavailable for any period of 
time during the last hour of operation (that is, for any period of time 
between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (ET)) on the deadline date. The 
Department must acknowledge and confirm the period of unavailability 
before granting you an extension. To request this extension you must 
contact Ethel Jackson by e-mail at or by telephone 
at (202) 205-5471 or the e-Grants help desk at (888) 336-8930.
    You may access the electronic grant application for the Carol M. 
White Physical Education Program at:
    We have included additional information on the e-Application pilot 
project (see Parity Guidelines between Paper and Electronic 
Applications) in the application package.
    If you want to apply for a grant and be considered for funding, you 
must meet the deadline requirements included in this notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ethel Jackson, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-6123. 
Telephone: (202) 260-2812 or via Internet:    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document, or an 
application package, in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large 
print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the contact 
person listed at the beginning of this section. However, the Department 
is not able to reproduce in an alternative format the standard forms 
included in the application package.

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:
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7261.

    Dated: March 27, 2003.
Eric Andell,
Deputy Under Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools.
[FR Doc. 03-7970 Filed 3-31-03; 8:45 am]