State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP)
Program Office: Office of Indian Education
CFDA Number: 84.415
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
The fiscal year 2012 appropriation for the Department of Education includes funding for a pilot program under the Indian Education National Activities authority. Under the pilot, the Department will award competitive grants to tribal education agencies (TEAs) to increase their role in the education of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students, including education to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of AI/AN students and improve their academic achievement.
The purpose of these grants is to (a) promote increased collaboration between TEAs and State educational agencies (SEAs) in the administration of certain State-administered formula grant programs; and (b) build the capacity of TEAs to conduct certain State-level administrative functions under those programs for schools located on the tribe’s reservation.
Message from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
U.S. Department of Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, has a special message for tribal education agency and State educational agency officials. Please select the following link to watch the Secretary's address: www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0IJgmPIQf0