[Federal Register: December 8, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 235)]
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Part V

Department of Education


Office of Educational Research and Improvement; Fund for the
Improvement of Education: Partnerships in Character Education Pilot
Projects; Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year 2000;

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[CFDA No.: 84.215V]

Office of Educational Research and Improvement; Fund for the
Improvement of Education: Partnerships in Character Education Pilot
Projects; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year
(FY) 2000

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Fund for the Improvement of
Education (FIE) is to support nationally significant programs to
improve the quality of education, assist all students to meet
challenging State content standards, and contribute to the achievement
of the National Education Goals. The purpose of this competition is to
support pilot projects that design and implement character education
programs as a way to address the broader FIE objectives.
    Eligible Applicants: Only State educational agencies, in
partnership with one or more local educational agencies, may apply for
grants under this program.
    The term ``State educational agency'' means the agency primarily
responsible for the State supervision of public elementary and
secondary schools (20 U.S.C. 8011 (28)).
    The term ``local educational agency'' means--
    (1) A public board of education or other public authority legally
constituted within a State for either administrative control or
direction of, or to perform a service function for, public elementary
or secondary schools in a city, county, township, school district, or
other political subdivision of a State, or for such combination of
school districts or counties as are recognized in a State as an
administrative agency for its public elementary or secondary schools.
    (2) The term includes any other public institution or agency having
administrative control and direction of a public elementary or
secondary school.
    (3) The term includes an elementary or secondary school funded by
the Bureau of Indian Affairs but only to the extent that such inclusion
makes such school eligible for programs for which specific eligibility
is not provided to such school in another provision of law and such
school does not have a student population that is smaller than the
student population of the local educational agency receiving assistance
under this chapter with the smallest student population, except that
such school shall not be subject to the jurisdiction of any State
educational agency other than the Bureau of Indian Affairs (20 U.S.C.
8011 (18)).
    Applications Available: 12/13/1999.
    Deadline for Receipt of Applications: 02/11/2000.
    We must receive all applications on or before this date. This
requirement takes exception to the Education Department General
Administrative regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR 75.102. Under the
Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553), the Department generally
offers interested parties the opportunity to comment on proposed
regulations. However, this exception to EDGAR makes procedural changes
only and does not establish new substantive policy. Therefore, under 5
U.S.C. 553(b)(A), the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Educational
Research and Improvement has determined that proposed rulemaking is not
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: 4/11/2000.
    Available Funds: Up to $2,000,000.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000-$1,000,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $350,000.
    Maximum Award: We will reject an application that proposes a budget
exceeding a total of $1,000,000 for the entire project period.
    Estimated Number of Awards: Up to 10.
    Budget Period: 12 months.
    Project Period: Up to 60 months.

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

    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81,
82, 85, 86, 98, and 99; and (b) The regulations in 34 CFR part 299.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The statute governing the Partnerships in
Character Education Pilot Projects program limits the total amount
awarded to any State to $1,000,000 and the funding period to five
years, of which not more than one year may be used for planning and
program design. Each applicant, operating within these parameters, may,
in designing character education activities, determine the combination
of funds and time that is most appropriate. For example, one applicant
may request $500,000 per year for two years, another may request
$100,000 for the first year, $400,000 for the second and third years,
and $100,000 for the fourth year, and a third may request $200,000 per
year for five years. In preparing your application, you should take
special care to provide a timeline and a narrative that explains the
costs requested for each budget period. Under the Character Education
program, State educational agencies provide technical and professional
assistance to local educational agencies in the development and
implementation of curriculum materials, teacher training, and other
activities related to character education. You must propose projects
designed to develop character education programs that incorporate the
following elements of character:
    (a) Caring.
    (b) Civic virtue and citizenship.
    (c) Justice and fairness.
    (d) Respect.
    (e) Responsibility.
    (f) Trustworthiness.
    (g) Any other elements deemed appropriate by the members of the
partnership. Other program requirements are described in the
application package.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Beverly Farrar, U.S. Department of
Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW., room 502J, Washington, DC 20208-
5645. Telephone: (202) 219-1301. If you use a telecommunications device
for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Information Relay Service
(FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

FOR APPLICATIONS CONTACT: Education Publications Center (ED Pubs), 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), you may call (toll free): 1-877-576-7734.
    You may also contact ED Pubs via its Web site: http://www.ed.gov/
    Or you may contact ED Pubs at its E-mail address:
    If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify
this competition as follows: CFDA number 84.215V.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer
diskette) on request to the program contact person listed under FOR
    Individuals with disabilities also may obtain a copy of the
application package in an alternative format by contacting that person.
However, the Department is not able to reproduce in an alternative
format the standard forms included in the application package.

Electronic Access to This Document

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    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 8003.

    Dated: December 3, 1999.
C. Kent McGuire,
Assistant Secretary Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
[FR Doc. 99-31775 Filed 12-7-99; 8:45 am]