FR Doc 2010-3164
[Federal Register: February 19, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 33)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education; Overview 
Information; Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program Notice 
Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.364A.

DATES: Applications Available: February 19, 2010.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 20, 2010.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: June 21, 2010.

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Improving Literacy through 
School Libraries program is to improve student reading skills and 
academic achievement by providing students with increased access to up-
to-date school library materials; well-equipped, technologically 
advanced school library media centers; and well-trained, professionally 
certified school library media specialists.
    Eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) may use funds for the 
following activities: Purchasing up-to-date school library media 
resources, including books; acquiring and using advanced technology 
that is integrated into the curricula of the school in order to develop 
and enhance the information literacy, information retrieval, and 
critical-thinking skills of students; facilitating Internet links and 
other resource-sharing networks; providing professional development for 
school library media specialists and providing activities that foster 
increased collaboration among library specialists, teachers, and 
administrators; and providing students with access to school libraries 
during non-school hours, including before and after school, weekends, 
and summer vacations. (20 U.S.C. 6383(g)).
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 6383.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 
82, 84, 85, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The notice of final clarification of 
eligible local activities, published in the Federal Register on April 
5, 2004 (69 FR 17894).

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
    Estimated Available Funds: $18,570,000.
    Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of 
applications, we may make additional awards in FY

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2011 from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000-$600,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $350,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 53.

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

    Project Period: Up to 12 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: LEAs, including charter schools and State-
administered schools that are considered LEAs under State law, in which 
at least 20 percent of the students served by the LEA are from families 
with incomes below the poverty line based on the most recent 
satisfactory data available from the U.S. Census Bureau at the time 
this notice is published. These data are Small Area Income and Poverty 
Estimates for school districts for income year 2008. A list of LEAs 
with their family poverty rates (based on these Census Bureau data) is 
posted on our Web site at http://www.ed.gov/programs/lsl/eligibility.html.

    Note:  Charter schools and State-administered schools must 
include documentation from their State educational agency (SEA) 
confirming eligibility for this program.

    2. a. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost 
sharing or matching.
    b. Supplement-Not-Supplant: This program involves supplement-not-
supplant funding requirements. Funds made available under this program 
must be used to supplement, and not supplant, other Federal, State, and 
local funds expended to carry out activities relating to library, 
technology, or professional development activities (20 U.S.C. 6383(i)).

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package: You can obtain an 
application package via the Internet, or from the Education 
Publications Center (ED Pubs). To obtain a copy via the Internet, use 
the following address: http://www.ed.gov/programs/lsl/applicant.html. 
To obtain a copy from ED Pubs, write, fax, or call the following: 
Education Publications Center, 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 (TDD), call, toll free: 1-877-
576-7734.
    You can contact ED Pubs at its Web site, also: http://www.ed.gov/
pubs/edpubs.html or at its e-mail address: edpubs@inet.ed.gov.
    If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify 
this program or competition as follows: CFDA number 84.364A.
    Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application 
package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, 
or computer diskette) by contacting the person or team listed under 
Accessible Format in section VIII of this notice.
    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements 
concerning the content of an application, together 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 no more than 
15 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).
     Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, 
Courier New, or Arial. An application submitted in any other font 
(including Times Roman or Arial Narrow) will not be accepted.
    The page limit does not apply to the cover sheet; the budget 
section, including the narrative budget justification; the one-page 
abstract; the other attachments, including the resumes and the 
endnotes, if applicable; and the assurances and certifications. 
However, the page limit does apply to all of the application narrative 
section. The SEA documentation of eligibility is not counted toward the 
page limit.
    Our reviewers will not read any pages of your application that 
exceed the page limit. Appendices to the narrative are not permitted, 
with the exception of resumes and endnotes. None of the material sent 
as appendices to the narrative, with the exception of resumes and 
endnotes, will be sent to the reviewers.
    3. Submission Dates and Times:
    Applications Available: February 19, 2010.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 20, 2010.
    Applications for grants under this competition must be submitted 
electronically using the Electronic Grant Application System (e-
Application) accessible through the Department's e-Grants site. For 
information (including dates and times) about how to submit your 
application electronically, or in paper format by mail or hand delivery 
if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, please refer to section IV. Other Submission Requirements 
of this notice.
    We do not consider an application that does not comply with the 
deadline requirements.
    Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact 
the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII 
of this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the 
application process, the individual's application remains subject to 
all other requirements and limitations in this notice.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: June 21, 2010.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: This competition 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 competition must be submitted electronically unless you qualify 
for an exception to this requirement in accordance with the 
instructions in this section.
    a. Electronic Submission of Applications.
    Applications for grants under the Improving Literacy Through School 
Libraries program, CFDA Number 84.364A, must be submitted 
electronically using e-Application, accessible through the Department's 
e-Grants Web site at: http://e-grants.ed.gov. 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

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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.
    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 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application 
deadline date. E-Application will not accept an application for this 
competition after 4:30:00 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 hours of operation of the e-Grants Web site are 6:00 
a.m. Monday until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday; and 6:00 a.m. Thursday until 
8:00 p.m. Sunday, Washington, DC time. Please note that, because of 
maintenance, the system is unavailable between 8:00 p.m. on Sundays and 
6:00 a.m. on Mondays, and between 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6:00 a.m. 
on Thursdays, Washington, DC time. 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 
all information you typically provide on the following forms: 
Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424), the Department of 
Education Supplemental Information for SF 424, Budget Information--Non-
Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary assurances and 
certifications. You must attach any narrative sections of your 
application as files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text), or .PDF 
(Portable Document) format. If you upload a file type other than the 
three file types specified in this paragraph or submit a password 
protected file, we will not review that material.
     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 SF 424 to the Application Control 
Center after following these steps:
    (1) Print SF 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 SF 424.
    (4) Fax the signed SF 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 
Unavailability: If you are prevented from electronically submitting 
your application on the application deadline date because e-Application 
is unavailable, we will grant you an extension of one business day to 
enable you 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) E-Application 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
    (b) E-Application is unavailable for any period of time between 
3:30 p.m. and 4:30:00 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 e-Application is unavailable due 
to technical problems with the system 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 e-Application.
    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 e-Application because--
     You do not have access to the Internet; or
     You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to 
e-Application;
    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 
prevents 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: Pilla Parker, U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 3E244, 
Washington, DC 20202-6200. FAX: (202) 260-8969.
    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 following address: 
U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: 
(CFDA Number 84.364A), LBJ Basement Level 1, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., 

Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    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.

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    (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.
    (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 84.364A), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center 
Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily 
between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30:00 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 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number, including 
suffix letter, if any, of the competition under which you are 
submitting your application; and
    (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a 
notification of receipt of your grant application. If you do not 
receive this notification 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 maximum score for all of these criteria 
is 100 points. The maximum score for each criterion is indicated in 
parentheses. The selection criteria for this competition are from 
section 1251 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as 
amended (ESEA) (20 U.S.C. 6383) and 34 CFR 75.210 and are as follows:
    (a) Meeting the purpose of the statute (10 points). How well the 
proposed project addresses the intended outcome of the statute to 
improve student reading skills and academic achievement by providing 
students with increased access to up-to-date school library materials; 
a well-equipped, technologically advanced school library media center; 
and well-trained, professionally certified school library media 
specialists.
    (b) Need for school library resources (10 points). How well the 
applicant demonstrates the need for school library media improvement, 
based on the age and condition of school library media resources, 
including: book collections; access of school library media centers to 
advanced technology; and the availability of well-trained, 
professionally certified school library media specialists in schools 
served by the applicant.
    (c) Use of funds (50 points). How well the applicant will use the 
funds made available through the grant to carry out one or more of the 
following activities that meet its demonstrated needs:
    (1) Acquiring up-to-date school library media resources, including 
books.
    (2) Acquiring and using advanced technology, incorporated into the 
curricula of the school, to develop and enhance students' skills in 
retrieving and making use of information and in critical thinking.
    (3) Facilitating Internet links and other resource-sharing networks 
among schools and school library media centers, and public and academic 
libraries.
    (4) Providing professional development (as described in the notice 
of final clarification of eligible local activities published April 5, 
2004, in the Federal Register (69 FR 17894)), for school library media 
specialists that is designed to improve literacy in grades K-3, and for 
school library media specialists as described in section 1222(d)(2) of 
the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 6383), and providing activities that foster 
increased collaboration between school library media specialists, 
teachers, and administrators.
    (5) Providing students with access to school libraries during non-
school hours, including the hours before and after school, during 
weekends, and during summer vacation periods.
    (d) Use of scientifically based research (10 points). How well the 
applicant will use programs and materials that are grounded in 
scientifically based research, as defined in section 9101(37) of the 
ESEA (20 U.S.C. 7801(37)), in carrying out one or more of the 
activities described under criterion (c).
    (e) Broad-based involvement and coordination (5 points). How well 
the applicant will extensively involve school library media 
specialists, teachers, administrators, and parents in the proposed 
project activities and effectively coordinate the funds and activities 
provided under this program with other literacy, library, technology, 
and professional development funds and activities.
    (f) Evaluation of quality and impact (5 points). How well the 
applicant will collect and analyze data on the quality and impact of 
the proposed project activities, including data on the extent to which 
the availability of, the access to, and the use of up-to-date school 
library media resources in the elementary schools and secondary schools 
served by the applicant increase and on the impact of the project on 
improving the reading skills of students.
    (g) Quality of project personnel (10 points). The quality of the 
personnel who will carry out the proposed project, including the 
following factors: (1) The extent to which the applicant encourages 
applications for employment from persons who are members of groups that 
have traditionally been underrepresented based on race, color, national 
origin, gender, age, or disability. (2) The qualifications, including 
relevant training and experience, of the project director or principal 
investigator.
    2. Review and Selection Process: An additional factor we consider 
in selecting an application for an award is the equitable distribution 
of grants across geographic regions and among LEAs serving urban and 
rural areas (20 U.S.C. 6383(e)(3)).

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 notify you informally, also.
    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.

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    3. Reporting: At the end of your project period, you must submit a 
final performance report, including financial information, as directed 
by the Secretary. The Secretary may also require more frequent 
performance reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements 
on reporting, please go to 
http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.
    4. Performance Measures: In response to the Government Performance 
and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), the Department developed three measures 
for evaluating the overall effectiveness of the Improving Literacy 
Through School Libraries program. These measures gauge improvement in 
student achievement and resources in the schools and LEAs served by the 
program by assessing: (1) The percentage of students in schools served 
by the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program who are 
proficient in reading; (2) the number of books and media resources 
purchased per student, pre- and post-grant, compared to the national 
average; and (3) the difference in the number of purchases of school 
library materials (books and media resources) between schools 
participating in the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries 
program and the national average. The Department will collect data for 
these measures from grantees' final performance reports and other data 
sources.

VII. Agency Contact

    For Further Information Contact: Pilla Parker, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3E244, Washington, DC 20202-
6200. Telephone: (202) 260-3710 or by e-mail: pilla.parker@ed.gov.
    If you use a TDD, call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, 
at 1-800-877-8339.

VIII. Other Information

    Accessible Format: 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) on 
request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII of this notice.
    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.
    To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available 
free at this site.

    Note: The official version of this document is the document 
published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the 
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    Dated: February 5, 2010.
Thelma Mel[eacute]ndez de Santa Ana,
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.
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