FR Doc E9-29358[Federal Register: December 9, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 235)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Overview 
Information; Indian Education Formula Grants to Local Educational 
Agencies

    Notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2010.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.060A.
    Dates:
    Part I of the Formula Grant Electronic Application System for 
Indian Education (EASIE) Applications Available: January 4, 2010. 
Deadline for Transmittal of PART I Applications: February 12, 2010.
    Part II of Formula Grant (EASIE) Applications Available: April 5, 
2010. Deadline for Transmittal of Part II Applications: May 5, 2010.
    Applications that do not meet both the deadline for Part I and the 
deadline for Part II will not be considered for funding in the initial 
allocation of awards. If, after the initial allocation of funds, the 
Secretary determines that funds are not needed by an LEA that filed on 
time or that additional funds have otherwise become available, the 
Secretary may reallocate those funds to LEAs not included in the 
initial allocation. Such allocations might not be made in the same 
amount, or at the same time, as if the LEA had applied on time.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 5, 2010.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Purpose of Program: The Indian Education Formula Grants to Local 
Educational Agencies program provides grants to support local 
educational agencies (LEAs) and other eligible entities described in 
this notice in their efforts to reform and improve elementary and 
secondary school programs that serve Indian students. The Department 
funds programs designed to help Indian students meet the same 
challenging State academic content and student academic achievement 
standards used for all students. In addition, under section 7116 of the 
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), the 
Secretary will, upon receipt of an acceptable plan for the integration 
of education and related services, authorize the entity receiving the 
funds under this program to consolidate, in accordance with the 
entity's plan, the funds for any Federal program exclusively serving 
Indian children, or the funds reserved under any Federal program to 
exclusively serve Indian children, that are awarded under a statutory 
or administrative formula to the entity, for the purpose of providing 
education and related services to Indian students. Instructions for 
submitting an integration of education and related services plan are 
included in the EASIE described elsewhere in this notice under 
Application Process and Submission Information.
    Eligible Applicants: LEAs, including charter schools authorized as 
LEAs under State law, certain schools funded by the Bureau of Indian 
Education of the Department of the Interior, and Indian tribes under 
certain conditions, as prescribed by section 7112(c) of the ESEA.
    Application Process and Submission Information: Formula Grant EASIE 
is an easy-to-use, electronic application system. It communicates with 
data from State submissions to EDFacts, the Department's data 
collection system that contains performance information from State 
educational agencies about schools and Federal education programs. To 
the extent that your State has provided the necessary EDFacts data 
files, Formula Grant EASIE will be able to interface with EDFacts and 
pull those LEA-specific data into the application. Additionally, this 
system allows the Department to review applications and interact online 
with applicants during the application review and approval process.
    Although you may download and print sample forms from the system, 
the application must be submitted electronically through the Formula 
Grant EASIE unless you do not have Internet access and have made prior 
arrangements with the Department. For approval to submit a paper 
application, you must contact the EDFacts Partner Support Center (see 
the contact information listed elsewhere in this notice under FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) prior to the deadline for transmittal of 
both Part I and Part II--applications. If you are approved to submit a 
paper application, you must meet the submission deadlines included in 
this notice.
    Registration for Formula Grant EASIE is required. For information 
on how to register, contact the EDFacts Partner Support Center listed 
elsewhere in this notice under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
    The Formula Grant EASIE application is divided into two parts--Part 
I and Part II.
    Part I, Student Count, provides the appropriate data entry screens 
to submit your Indian student count totals.
    Part II, Program and Budget Information, provides your award amount 
based on the Indian student count total submitted under Part I. Part II 
also enables you to enter student performance data, identify your 
project's services and activities, and build a realistic program budget 
based on a known grant amount. Based on student assessment data, you 
will select your program objectives and services from a variety of menu 
options that were designed with grantee input.
    Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested 
$99,331,000 for this program for FY 2010. The actual level of funding, 
if any, depends on final Congressional action. However, we are inviting 
applications to allow enough time to complete the grant process if 
Congress appropriates funds for this program.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $4,000-$2,000,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $78,460.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 1,266.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 
notice and funding levels may change based on final appropriations 
for the program.

    Project Period: 12 months.
    Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 
84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99.

    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants 
except federally recognized Indian tribes.

    Performance Measures: The Secretary has established the following 
key performance measures for assessing the effectiveness and efficiency 
of the Indian Education Formula Grants to

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Local Educational Agencies program: (1) The percentage of American 
Indian and Alaska Native students in grades four and eight who score at 
or above the basic level in reading on the National Assessment of 
Educational Progress (NAEP); (2) the percentage of American Indian and 
Alaska Native students in grades four and eight who score at or above 
the basic level in mathematics on the NAEP; (3) the percentage of 
American Indian and Alaska Native students in grades three through 
eight meeting State performance standards by scoring at the proficient 
or the advanced levels in reading and mathematics on State assessments; 
(4) the difference between the percentages of American Indian and 
Alaska Native students in grades 3 through 8 at the proficient or 
advanced levels in reading and mathematics on State assessments and the 
percentage of all students scoring at those levels; (5) the percentage 
of American Indian and Alaska Native students who graduate from high 
school; and (6) the percentage of funds used by grantees prior to award 
close-out.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact the EDFacts Partner Support 
Center, telephone: 877-457-3336 (877-HLP-EDEN) or by e-mail at: 
eden_OIE@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the 
EDFacts Partner Support Center, toll free, at 1-888-403-3336 (888-403-
EDEN).
    Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document and a copy 
of the application package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, 
large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) by contacting the EDFacts 
Partner Support Center.
    Electronic Access to This Document: You can 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.
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    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7421 et seq.

    Dated: December 4, 2009.
Thelma Mel[eacute]ndez de Santa Ana,
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.
[FR Doc. E9-29358 Filed 12-8-09; 8:45 am]

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