[Federal Register: July 9, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 131)]
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[CFDA No. 84.310A]

Office of Innovation and Improvement; Parental Information and
Resource Centers Program

AGENCY: Department of Education.

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


    On June 3, 2003, we published in the Federal Register (68 FR 33332)
a notice inviting applications for new awards under the Parental
Information and Resource Centers (PIRC) program. In that notice, we
announced that each ``novice applicant'' would receive a competitive
preference of 10 points. Upon further reflection, in order to encourage
the submission of applications from novice applicants and to ensure
that only the highest quality applications are funded, the Secretary is
amending this competitive preference. The Secretary will award 10
additional points only to those novice applicants that rank among the
ten highest scoring of all novice applicants on the basis of the
selection criteria and the other competitive preference for this
competition. In other words, only the ten highest ranked novice
applicants, rather than all novice applicants, will be awarded priority
points under the novice applicant preference.
    The Secretary also reminds all applicants that section 5563(b) of
the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended, requires
each PIRC grantee to meet several specific conditions. The Secretary
strongly encourages all applicants to review each of these conditions
carefully to ensure that their applications appropriately address these
specific requirements. For example, each applicant must (a) use at
least 30 percent of the funds received under the program each year to
establish, expand, or operate Parents as Teachers programs, Home
Instruction for Preschool Youngsters programs, or other early childhood
parent education programs; (b) use at least 50 percent of the funds
received under the program each year to serve areas with high
concentrations of low-income families, in order to serve parents who
are severely educationally or economically disadvantaged; and (c)
establish a special advisory committee as described in section
5563(b)(2) of the ESEA.
    Consistent with section 5562(b) of the ESEA, in awarding funds
under this competition, the Secretary will ensure, to the extent
practicable, that grants are distributed in all geographic regions of
the United States.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia Kilby-Robb, U.S. Department
of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3E209, FOB-6, Washington,
DC 20202-6254. Telephone: (202) 205-4253 or via Internet: 
patricia.kilby-robb@ed.gov.    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an

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format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on
request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application
package in an alternative format by contacting that person. However,
the Department is not able to reproduce in an alternative format the
standard forms included in the notice.

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    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7273 et seq.

    Dated: July 3, 2003.
Nina S. Rees,
Deputy Under Secretary for Innovation and Improvement.
[FR Doc. 03-17359 Filed 7-8-03; 8:45 am]