[Federal Register: March 6, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 44)]
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Part II

Department of Education


Native Hawaiian Curriculum Development, Teacher Training and 
Recruitment Program; Notice

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[CFDA No.: 84.297A]

Native Hawaiian Curriculum Development, Teacher Training and 
Recruitment Program

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of proposed funding Priorities for Fiscal Year (FY) 


SUMMARY: The Secretary of Education proposes to establish absolute 
priorities for the FY 1998 grant competition under the Native Hawaiian 
Curriculum Development, Teacher Training and Recruitment Program. Under 
the priorities, funds would be reserved to support activities in the 
following three areas: (1) Waste management innovation; (2) native 
Hawaiian language revitalization curricula and teacher training and 
recruitment; and (3) prisoner education.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 6, 1998.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to Madeline Baggett, Office of 
Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, 600 
Independence Avenue, SW, Room 4500 Portals Building, Washington, D.C. 
20202-6410, Telephone: (202) 260-2502, FAX: (202) 205-0302. Comments 
may also be sent through the Internet: at madeline__baggett@ed.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Madeline Baggett, U. S. Department of 
Education, Room 4500, the Portals Building, 600 Independence Avenue, 
SW, Washington, DC 20202. 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 a copy of this notice in 
an alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: There is available for distribution to 
eligible grantees under the Native Hawaiian Curriculum Development, 
Teacher Training and Recruitment Program (20 USC 7909) a total of $4 
million of Fiscal Year (FY) 1998 funds. Congress has encouraged the 
U.S. Department of Education to use funds appropriated for this program 
for continuation awards and to support activities in each of the 
following three areas: (1) Waste management innovation; (2) Native 
Hawaiian language revitalization curricula and teacher training and 
recruitment; and (3) prisoner education. The Secretary believes that 
limiting newly funded projects to these areas will better address the 
unique needs of Native Hawaiian students, within the context of Native 
Hawaiian culture, language, and traditions. Therefore, the Secretary is 
proposing absolute funding priorities and intends to use $2 million of 
the FY 1998 funds available under the program to fund one or two 
projects in each of the three referenced categories. In funding these 
activities, the Secretary intends to allocate approximately $660,000 
among each of the three categories and estimates that the average size 
of the FY 1998 awards for these new projects will range from $330,000 
to $660,000. The remaining $2 million of FY 1998 funds will be used for 
continuation awards for previously funded projects.
    The Secretary will announce the final priorities in a notice in the 
Federal Register. The final priorities will be determined by responses 
to this notice, available funds, and other considerations of the 
Department. Funding of a particular project depends on the final 
priority, the availability of funds, and the quality of the 
applications received. The publication of these proposed priorities 
does not preclude the Secretary from proposing additional priorities, 
nor does it limit the Secretary to funding only these priorities, 
subject to meeting applicable rulemaking requirements.

    Note: This notice of proposed priorities does not solicit 
applications. A notice inviting applications under this competition 
will be published in the Federal Register concurrent with or 
following the notice of final priorities.

Proposed Absolute Priorities

    The Secretary proposes to give an absolute preference to 
applications that focus entirely on activities in one of the following 
    (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; 
and (3) prisoner education programs that target juvenile offenders and/
or those 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.

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:

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 questions about using the pdf, call the U.S. Government Printing 
Office toll free at 1-888-293-6498.
    Anyone may also view these documents in text copy on an electronic 
bulletin board of the Department. Telephone: (202)219-1511 or, toll 
free 1-800-222-4922. The documents are located under Option G--Files/
Announcements, Bulletins and Press Releases.

    Note: The official version of this document is the document 
published in the Federal Register.

Invitation To Comment

    Interested persons are invited to submit comments and 
recommendations regarding these proposed priorities. All comments 
submitted in response to this notice will be available for public 
inspection during and after the comment period, in Room 4500, Portals 
Building, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC between 9:00 a.m. 
and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday of each week except Federal 

    Program Authority: Section 9209 of the Elementary and Secondary 
Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 USC 7909).
Gerald N. Tirozzi,
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.
[FR Doc. 98-5832 Filed 3-5-98; 8:45 am]