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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[CFDA No. 84.356A]

 
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education--Alaska Native 
Education Program

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year 
(FY) 2003.

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    Purpose of Program: To develop and support supplemental educational 
programs to benefit Alaska Natives.
    Permissible Activities: Activities carried out through projects 
that meet the purposes of this program may include the following: (1) 
The development and implementation of plans, methods, and strategies to 
improve the education of Alaska Natives; (2) the development of 
curricula and educational programs that address the educational needs 
of Alaska Native students; (3) professional development activities for 
educators; (4) the development and operation of home instruction 
programs for Alaska Native preschool children, to ensure the active 
involvement of parents in their children's education from the earliest 
ages; (5) family literacy services; (6) the development and operation 
of student enrichment programs in science and mathematics; (7) research 
and data collection activities to determine the educational status and 
needs of Alaska Native children and adults; (8) other research and 
evaluation activities related to programs carried out under the Alaska 
Native Education Programs; (9) remedial and enrichment programs to 
assist Alaska Native students in performing at a high level on 
standardized tests; (10) education and training of Alaska Native 
students enrolled in a degree program that will lead to certification 
or licensing as teachers; (11) parenting education for parents and 
caregivers of Alaska Native children to improve parenting and 
caregiving skills (including skills relating to discipline and 
cognitive development), including parenting education provided through 
in-home visitation of new mothers; (12) activities carried out through 
Even Start programs under subpart 3 of part B of title I of the 
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, and Head 
Start programs under the Head Start Act, including the training of 
teachers for the Even Start and Head Start programs; (13) other early 
learning and preschool programs; (14) dropout prevention programs; (15) 
career preparation activities to enable Alaska Native children and 
adults to prepare for meaningful employment, including programs 
providing ``tech-prep,'' mentoring, training, and apprenticeship 
activities; (16) provision of operational support and purchasing of 
equipment to develop regional vocational schools in rural areas of 
Alaska, including boarding schools for Alaska Native students in grades 
9 through 12, or at higher levels of education, to provide the students 
with necessary resources to prepare for skilled employment 
opportunities; (17) construction; and (18) other activities, to meet 
the educational needs of Alaska Native children and adults.
    Eligible Applicants: Alaska Native organizations; educational 
entities with experience in developing or operating Alaska Native 
programs or programs of instruction conducted in Alaska Native 
languages; cultural and community-based organizations with experience 
in developing or operating programs to benefit Alaska Natives; and 
consortia of organizations and entities described in this paragraph to 
carry out programs that meet the purposes of this program. A State 
educational agency or local educational agency may apply for an award 
under this program only as part of a consortium involving an Alaska 
Native organization. The consortium may include other eligible 
applicants.
    Applications Available: July 7, 2003.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 6, 2003.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 5, 2003.
    Estimated Available Funds: $14 million.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $400,000-$600,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 28.

    Note: These estimates are projections for the guidance of 
potential applicants. The Department is not bound by any estimates 
in this notice.

    Project Period: Up to 36 months.
    Applicable Regulations and Statute: The Education Department 
General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 
79, 80, 81, 82, 86, 97, 98, and 99. Title VII, Part C of the Elementary 
and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left 
Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C. 7541-7546. Consolidated Appropriations 
Resolution, 2003, Public Law No. 108-7, 117 Stat. 327.
    Selection Criteria: The Secretary will use the following selection 
criteria in 34 CFR 75.210 to evaluate applications under this 
competition (the specific selection criteria and factors that will be 
used in evaluating applications are detailed in the application 
package). The maximum score for all of the selection criteria is 100 
points. The maximum points for each criterion is as follows:
    (a) Need for Project--5 points.
    (b) Significance--5 points.
    (c) Quality of Project Design--25 points.
    (d) Adequacy of Project Services--20 points.
    (e) Quality of Project Personnel--15 points.
    (f) Adequacy of Resources--5 points.
    (g) Quality of Management Plan--10 points.
    (h) Quality of Project Evaluation--15 points.
    Priority Points: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(iv) and 
statutory requirements, the Secretary will award 5 bonus points to 
applications from Alaska Native regional nonprofit organizations, or 
from consortia that include at least one Alaska Native regional 
nonprofit organization. The bonus points are in addition to any points 
the applicant earns under the selection criteria listed above.
    For Applications and Information Contact: Mrs. Lynn Thomas, (202) 
260-1541, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., FOB6, 
Room 3C126, Mail Stop 6140, Washington, DC 20202. The e-mail address 
for Mrs. Thomas is: Lynn.thomas@ed.gov.
    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 
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact person listed above.
    Individuals with disabilities may also obtain a copy of the 
application package in an alternative format on request to the contact 
person listed above. However, the Department is not able to reproduce 
in an alternative format the

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standard forms included in the application package.
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    Program Authority:  20 U.S.C. 7541-7546.

    Dated: June 30, 2003.
Eugene W. Hickok,
Under Secretary of Education.
[FR Doc. 03-16999 Filed 7-3-03; 8:45 am]

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