FR Doc 04-17104
[Federal Register: July 28, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 144)]
[Page 45023-45024]
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Notice of Proposed Extension of Project Period and Waiver for the 
Center for Students With Disabilities Involved With and at Risk of 
Involvement With the Juvenile Justice System

AGENCY: Office of Special Education Programs, Office of Special 
Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of proposed extension and waiver.


SUMMARY: The Secretary proposes to waive the requirements in the 
Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), at 34 
CFR 75.250 and 75.261(a), that generally prohibit project periods 
exceeding five years and extensions of project periods involving the 
obligation of additional Federal funds. This extension of project 
period and waiver will enable the currently funded Center for Students 
With Disabilities Involved With and at Risk of Involvement With the 
Juvenile Justice System to receive funding from August 31, 2004 until 
August 31, 2005.

DATES: We must receive your comments on or before August 12, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Address all comments concerning this proposal to Renee 
Bradley, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 
4105, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-2641. Telephone: (202) 
245-7277 or via Internet:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Renee Bradley, Telephone: (202) 245-
    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 
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact person listed under FOR FURTHER 


Invitation to Comment

    We invite you to submit comments regarding this proposed extension 
of project period and waiver.
    During and after the comment period, you may inspect all public 
comments about this extension of project period and waiver in room 
4105, Potomac Center Plaza, 550 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC, 
between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., eastern time, Monday through 
Friday of each week except Federal holidays.

Assistance to Individuals With Disabilities in Reviewing the Rulemaking 

    On request, we will supply an appropriate aid, such as a reader or 
print magnifier, to an individual with a disability who needs 
assistance to review the comments or other documents in the public 
rulemaking record for this proposed extension of project period and 
waiver. If you want to schedule an appointment for this type of aid, 
you may call (202) 205-8113 or (202) 260-9895. If you use a TDD, you 
may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.
    Background: On March 3, 1999, the Department published a notice in 
the Federal Register (64 FR 10352) inviting applications for a new 
award for a Center for Students With Disabilities Involved With and at 
Risk of Involvement With the Juvenile Justice System (Center) for 
fiscal year (FY) 1999. Based on that notice, the Department made one 
award for a period of 60 months to the University of Maryland to 
establish and operate the Center to provide guidance and assistance to 
States, schools, justice programs, families, and communities in 
designing, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive educational 
programs, based on research validated

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practices, for students with disabilities at risk of involvement or 
involved in the juvenile justice system. The Center focuses on three 
broad areas: (1) Prevention programs, (2) educational programs, and (3) 
reintegration or transition programs. The Center addresses these three 
areas through research, training, and technical assistance and 
dissemination. The Department is seeking additional support for a 
competition to be held in FY 2005, which would continue the work of the 
Center. However, the current grant period for the Center ends on August 
31, 2004.
    In order to ensure that the work of the Center will continue until 
a new award can be made, the Secretary proposes to waive 34 CFR 75.250 
and 75.261(a) and proposes to issue a continuation award to the 
existing grantee for an additional twelve-month period.
    The Center will continue dissemination and technical assistance 
activities including:
    (a) Preparation and dissemination of information materials designed 
to increase awareness of and use of research validated practices to a 
variety of audiences (e.g., educators, justice personnel, mental health 
personnel, judges, policymakers, families, and other service 
    (b) Providing for information exchanges between researchers and 
practitioners who direct model programs and those seeking to design or 
implement model programs.
    The Center will continue training activities including:
    Funding at least three graduate students who have concentrations in 
special education or criminal justice to work as project research 
assistants for the Center. These students will assist with project 
facilitation and the Center's research and evaluation of programs.
    The Center will also complete additional research activities as 

Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification

    The Secretary certifies that the proposed extension of the project 
period and waiver will not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities. The only entity that would be 
affected is the Center for Students With Disabilities Involved With and 
at Risk of Involvement With the Juvenile Justice System.

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    This proposed extension of project period and waiver does not 
contain any information collection requirements.

Intergovernmental Review

    This program is not subject to the requirements of Executive Order 
12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79.
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    Dated: July 21, 2004.
Troy R. Justesen,
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Education and 
Rehabilitative Services.
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