FR Doc 05-5544
[Federal Register: March 21, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 53)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Office of Postsecondary Education, Overview Information, Teacher
Quality Enhancement Grants Program--Teacher Quality Enhancement (TQE)
Recruitment Grants for States and Partnerships; Notice Inviting
Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.336C.

DATES: Applications Available: March 21, 2005.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 2, 2005.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 1, 2005.
    Eligible Applicants: States (including the District of Columbia,
Puerto Rico and the insular areas), and partnerships that comprise, at
a minimum, 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 of 1965, as amended (HEA), and in sections
103(16) and 202(b) of the HEA.
    States and partnerships that previously received a grant under this
program are not eligible for a FY 2005 grant.
    Estimated Available Funds: $16,579,318.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $650,000-$1,100,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $828,966.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 20.

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


    Project Period: Up to 36 months.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of this program is to afford an
opportunity for States and partnerships receiving grants to address the
challenge of America's teacher shortage by making significant and
lasting systemic changes in the way that teachers are recruited,
prepared and supported to teach in high-need schools. The Department of
Education's goal is that these systemic changes lead to important
improvements to the supply of well-trained and highly-qualified
teachers.
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1024.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80,
81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99.
    (b) The regulations for this program in 34 CFR Part 611 (including
the amendments to these regulations published elsewhere in this issue
of the Federal Register).

    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of
higher education only.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
    Estimated Available Funds: $16,579,318.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $650,000-$1,100,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $828,966.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 20.

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


    Project Period: Up to 36 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: States (including the District of Columbia,
Puerto Rico and the insular areas) and partnerships that comprise, at a
minimum, an institution of higher education with an eligible teacher
preparation program, a school of arts and sciences, and a high-need
LEA. These terms are defined in section 203 of the HEA and in sections
103(16), and 202(b) of the HEA. States and partnerships that previously
received a grant under this program are not eligible for a FY 2005
grant.
    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: See 34 CFR 611.62.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package:
    You may obtain an application package via Internet by downloading
the package from the program Web site at: 
http://www.ed.gov/programs/heatqp/index.html.

    You may also obtain a copy of the application package by contacting
Luretha Kelley, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., room
7096, Washington, DC 20006-8526. Telephone: (202) 502-7645 or by e-
mail: luretha.kelley@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may
call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application
package in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print,
audiotape, or computer diskette) by contacting the program contact
person listed in this section.
    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements
concerning the content of an application, together

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with the forms you must submit, are in the application package for this
competition.
    Page Limit: The application narrative is where you, the applicant,
address the selection criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your
application. You must limit the application narrative to the equivalent
of no more than 50 pages. In addition, you must limit the accompanying
abstract to the equivalent of no more than one page; work plan to the
equivalent of no more than 10 pages; budget narrative to the equivalent
of no more than 10 pages; and evaluation to the equivalent of no more
than 5 pages, using the following standards:
     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 in the application narrative, including titles, headings,
footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as all text in
charts, tables, figures, and graphs.
     Use a font that is either 12 point or larger or no smaller
than 10 pitch (characters per inch).
    The page limit does not apply to Part I, the cover sheet; Part II,
the budget forms, the assurances and certifications; the resumes, the
bibliography, or the letters of support. However, you must include all
of the application narrative in Part III.
    We will reject your application if--
     You apply these standards and exceed the page limit; or
     You apply other standards and exceed the equivalent of the
page limit.
    3. Submission Dates and Times: Applications Available: March 21,
2005.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 2, 2005.
    Applications for grants under this program must be submitted
electronically using the Electronic Grant Application System (e-
Application) available through the Department's e-GRANTS system. For
information (including dates and times) about how to submit your
application electronically or by mail or hand delivery if you qualify
for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, please refer
to section IV.6. Other Submission Requirements in this notice.
    We will not consider an application that does not comply with the
deadline requirements.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 1, 2005.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive
Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about
Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order
12372 is in the application package for this competition.
    5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under
this program must be submitted electronically, unless you qualify for
an exception to this requirement in accordance with the instructions in
this section.
    We will reject your application if you submit it in paper format
unless, as described elsewhere in this section, you qualify for one of
the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submit, no
later than two weeks before the application deadline date, a written
statement to the Department that you qualify for one of these
exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that
is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided later in
this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement.
    a. Electronic Submission of Applications. Applications for grants
under the Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants Program for Recruitment--
CFDA Number 84.336C must be submitted electronically using e-
Application available through the Department's e-Grants system,
accessible through the e-Grants portal page at: 
http://e-grants.ed.gov.

    While completing your electronic application, you will be entering
data online that will be saved into a database. You may not e-mail an
electronic copy of a grant application to us.
    Please note the following:
     You must complete the electronic submission of your grant
application by 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application
deadline date. The e-Application system will not accept an application
for this program after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the
application deadline date. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do
not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application
process.
     The regular hours of operation of the e-Grants Web site
are 6 a.m. Monday until 7 p.m. Wednesday; and 6 a.m. Thursday until
midnight Saturday, Washington, DC time. Please note that the system is
unavailable on Sundays, and between 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6 a.m. on
Thursdays, Washington, DC time, for maintenance. Any modifications to
these hours are posted on the e-Grants Web site.
     You will not receive additional point value because you
submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you
if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission
requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submit your
application in paper format.
     You must submit all documents electronically, including
the Application for Federal Education Assistance (ED 424), Budget
Information--Non-Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary
assurances and certifications.
     Any narrative sections of your application should be
attached as files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text), or .PDF
(Portable Document) format.
     Your electronic application must comply with any page
limit requirements described in this notice.
     Prior to submitting your electronic application, you may
wish to print a copy of it for your records.
     After you electronically submit your application, you will
receive an automatic acknowledgement that will include a PR/Award
number (an identifying number unique to your application).
     Within three working days after submitting your electronic
application, fax a signed copy of the ED 424 to the Application Control
Center after following these steps:
    (1) Print ED 424 from e-Application.
    (2) The applicant's Authorizing Representative must sign this form.
    (3) Place the PR/Award number in the upper right hand corner of the
hard-copy signature page of the ED 424.
    (4) Fax the signed ED 424 to the Application Control Center at
(202) 245-6272.
     We may request that you provide us original signatures on
other forms at a later date.
    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of e-Application System
Unavailability: If you are prevented from electronically submitting
your application on the application deadline date because the e-
Application system is unavailable, we will grant you an extension of
one business day in order to transmit your application electronically,
by mail, or by hand delivery. We will grant this extension if--
    (1) You are a registered user of e-Application and you have
initiated an electronic application for this competition; and
    (2)(a) The e-Application system is unavailable for 60 minutes or
more between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Washington, DC time,
on the application deadline date; or

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    (b) The e-Application system is unavailable for any period of time
between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the
application deadline date.
    We must acknowledge and confirm these periods of unavailability
before granting you an extension. To request this extension or to
confirm our acknowledgement of any system unavailability, you may
contact either (1) the person listed elsewhere in this notice under For
Further Information Contact (see VII. Agency Contact) or (2) the e-
Grants help desk at 1-888-336-8930. If the system is down and therefore
the application deadline is extended, an e-mail will be sent to all
registered users who have initiated an e-Application. Extensions
referred to in this section apply only to the unavailability of the
Department's e-Application system.
    Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: You qualify for an
exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may submit your
application in paper format, if you are unable to submit an application
through the e-Application system because--
     You do not have access to the Internet; or
     You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to
the Department's e-Application system; and
     No later than two weeks before the application deadline
date (14 calendar days or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the
application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business
day following the Federal holiday), you mail or fax a written statement
to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an exception
prevent you from using the Internet to submit your application. If you
mail your written statement to the Department, it must be postmarked no
later than two weeks before the application deadline date. If you fax
your written statement to the Department, we must receive the faxed
statement no later than two weeks before the application deadline date.
    Address and mail or fax your statement to: Luretha Kelley, U.S.
Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., room 7096, Washington, DC
20006-8526. FAX: (202) 502-7699.
    Your paper application must be submitted in accordance with the
mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice.
    b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail. If you qualify for an
exception to the electronic submission requirement, you may mail
(through the U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier) your
application to the Department. You must mail the original and two
copies of your application, on or before the application deadline date,
to the Department at the applicable following address:
    By mail through the U.S. Postal Service: U.S. Department of
Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number
84.336C), 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-4260, or
    By mail through a commercial carrier: U.S. Department of Education,
Application Control Center--Stop 4260, Attention: (CFDA Number
84.336C), 7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785-1506.
    Regardless of which address you use, you must show proof of mailing
consisting of one of the following:
    (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark,
    (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the
U.S. Postal Service,
    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial
carrier, or
    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the
U.S. Department of Education.
    If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do
not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:
    (1) A private metered postmark, or
    (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.
    If your application is postmarked after the application deadline
date, we will not consider your application.

    Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated
postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your
local post office.

    c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery. If you
qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, you
(or a courier service) may deliver your paper application to the
Department by hand. You must deliver the original and two copies of
your application, by hand, on or before the application deadline date,
to the Department at the following address: U.S. Department of
Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number
84.336C), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center Plaza,
Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily
between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, except Saturdays,
Sundays, and Federal holidays.
    Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If you mail
or hand deliver your application to the Department:
    (1) You must indicate on the envelope and--if not provided by the
Department--in Item 4 of the ED 424 the CFDA number--and suffix letter,
if any--of the competition under which you are submitting your
application.
    (2) The Application Control Center will mail a grant application
receipt acknowledgment to you. If you do not receive the grant
application receipt acknowledgment within 15 business days from the
application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of
Education Application Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition
are contained in 34 CFR 611.23 and are included in the application
package.

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your
U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award
Notification (GAN). We may also notify you informally.
    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding,
we notify you.
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements:
    We identify administrative and national policy requirements in the
application package and reference these and other requirements in the
Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of
an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and
include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also
incorporates your approved application as part of your binding
commitments under the grant.
    3. Reporting: At the end of your project period, you must submit a
final performance report, including financial information, as directed
by the Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an
annual performance report that provides the most current performance
and financial expenditure information as specified by the Secretary in
34 CFR 75.118.
    4. Performance Measures: Under the Government Performance and
Results Act (GPRA), the following measures will be used by the
Department in assessing the performance of the Teacher Quality
Enhancement Grants Program:
    (1) Pass rates will increase for pre-service teachers taking
subject matter competency tests as a part of State licensure
requirements, in the States that receive funds under the Teacher
Quality Enhancement Grants Program

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for States to prepare teachers that are highly competent in the
academic content areas in which they will be teaching.
    (2) The percentage of program completers who are highlyqualified
teachers will increase in projects funded under the Teacher Quality
Enhancement Partnership program.
    There is no performance measure that focuses specifically on
Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants for Recruitment.

VII. Agency Contact

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Luretha Kelley, U.S. Department of
Education, 1990 K Street, NW., room 7096, Washington, DC 20006-8526.
Telephone: (202) 502-7645 or e-mail: luretha.kelley@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may
call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) 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 program contact person listed in this
section.

VIII. Other Information

    Electronic Access to This Document: You may view this document, as
well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal
Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the
Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/fedregister.

    To use PDF you must have 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), toll free, at 1-888-293-6498; or the
Washington, DC area at (202) 512-1530.

    Note: 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.gpoaccess.gov/nara/index.html.



    Dated: March 16, 2005.
Sally L. Stroup,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 05-5544 Filed 3-18-05; 8:45 am]

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