[Federal Register: May 5, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 86)]
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Part III


Department of Education
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Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

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The Native Hawaiian Curriculum Development, Teacher Training, and
Recruitment Program; Notices


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[CFDA No.: 84-297A]

 
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education; The Native Hawaiian 
Curriculum Development, Teacher Training, and Recruitment Program

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of Final Priorities.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary announces final priorities for fiscal year (FY) 
1998 under the Native Hawaiian Curriculum Development, Teacher 
Training, and Recruitment Program. The priorities are intended to focus 
activities in one of three major areas in which there is a need for 
additional support: (1) waste management innovation; (2) Native 
Hawaiian language revitalization curricula and teacher training and 
recruitment activities; and (3) prisoner education programs.

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 4, 1998.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Beth Baggett, U.S. Department of 
Education, 600 Independence Avenue, SW, Portals 4500, Washington, D.C. 
20202-6140. Telephone (202) 260-2502. Individuals who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 
p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact person.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 6, 1998, the Secretary published in 
the Federal Register (63 FR 11329-11330) a notice of proposed funding 
priorities announcing that the Secretary intended to use $2 million of 
the FY 1998 funds available under this program to fund one or two 
projects in each of the three priority categories: (1) waste management 
innovation; (2) Native Hawaiian language revitalization curricula and 
teacher training and recruitment; and (3) prisoner education programs 
that target juvenile offenders and/or youth at risk of becoming 
juvenile offenders.
    In response to the Secretary's notice of proposed funding 
priorities, eight parties submitted comments. Five of the comments 
specifically addressed the proposed funding priorities, and were 
generally supportive of the priorities. Included in these comments were 
recommendations for specific program design elements. The Secretary 
believes that many of these recommendations, which form the basis for 
the additional program design information provided in the notice 
inviting applications for new awards published elsewhere in this issue 
of the Federal Register, can be incorporated into applications as part 
of the proposed projects.
    Three commenters requested the Secretary to reinstate aquaculture 
education as a funding priority. Aquaculture education remains a very 
significant part of the Native Hawaiian Curriculum Development, Teacher 
Training, and Recruitment Program. The Department is currently funding 
three aquaculture education projects and, as discussed in the notice of 
proposed funding priorities, has reserved funds to continue these 
projects. The remaining funds available for this program will be used 
to support projects in the new priority areas.
    Note: This notice of final priorities does not solicit 
applications. A notice inviting applications under this competition is 
published in a separate notice in this issue of the Federal Register.

Absolute Priorities

    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), the Secretary gives an absolute 
preference to applications that focus entirely on activities in one of 
the following three areas:
    (1) Waste management innovation to study and document traditional 
Hawaiian practices of sustainable waste management and to prepare 
teaching materials for educational purposes and for demonstration of 
the use of native Hawaiian plants and animals for waste treatment and 
environmental remediation;
    (2) Native Hawaiian language revitalization curricula and teacher 
training and recruitment activities, including K-12 language immersion 
programs, preservice and inservice teacher training programs, and 
programs designed to increase the number of Native Hawaiian teachers; 
or
    (3) Prisoner education programs that target juvenile offenders and/
or youth at risk of becoming juvenile offenders. Comprehensive and 
culturally sensitive strategies for reaching the target population will 
include family counseling, basic education/job skills training, and the 
involvement of community elders as mentors.
    The Secretary funds under the FY 1998 competition under this 
program only applicants that meet one of these absolute priorities.

Intergovernmental Review

    This program is subject to the requirements of Executive Order 
12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. The objective of the 
Executive Order is to foster an intergovernmental partnership and a 
strengthened federalism by relying on processes developed by State and 
local governments for coordination and review of proposed Federal 
financial assistance.
    In accordance with the order, this document is intended to provide 
early notification of the Department's specific plans and actions for 
this program.

Electronic Access to This Document

    Anyone may view this document, as well as all other Department of 
Education documents published in the Federal Register, in text or 
portable document format (pdf) on the World Wide Web at either of the 
following sites:
    http://ocfo.ed.gov/fedreg.hmt
    http://www.ed.gov/news.html
    To use the pdf you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader Program with 
Search, which is available free at either of the previous sites. If you 
have any questions about using the pdf, call the U.S. Government 
Printing Office toll free at 1-888-293-6498.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7909.

    Dated: May 1, 1998.
Gerald N. Tirozzi,
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.
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