[Federal Register: February 9, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 27)]
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Part V

Department of Education


Office of Educational Research and Improvement; Jacob K. Javits Gifted
and Talented Students Education Program; Notice Inviting Applications
for New Awards for Fiscal Years 2000 and 2001

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[CFDA No. 206A]

Office of Educational Research and Improvement, Jacob K. Javits
Gifted and Talented Students Education Program; Notice Inviting
Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Years 2000 and 2001

    Purpose of Program: To provide grants to help build a nationwide
capability in elementary and secondary schools to identify and meet the
special educational needs of gifted and talented students; to encourage
the development of rich and challenging curricula for all students; and
to supplement and make more effective the expenditures of State and
local funds for the education of gifted and talented students.
    For fiscal years (FY) 2000 and 2001 the competition for new awards
focuses on projects designed to meet the priorities we describe in the
PRIORITIES section of this application notice.
    Eligible Applicants: State educational agencies; local educational
agencies; institutions of higher education; and other public and
private agencies and organizations, including Indian tribes and
organizations--as defined by the Indian Self-Determination and
Education Assistance Act--and Native Hawaiian organizations.
    Applications Available: March 13, 2000.
    Deadline for Receipt of Applications: April 24, 2000.

    Note:  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 Educational Research and Improvement has determined that
proposed rulemaking is not required.

    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: June 23, 2000.
    Estimated Available Funds: $1,000,000.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000-$215,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $166,000.
    Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a
budget exceeding $215,000 for a single budget period of 12 months.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 6.

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

    Project Period: 36 months. Please note that all applicants for
multi-year awards are required to provide detailed budget information
for the total project period requested. The Department will negotiate
at the time of the initial award the funding levels for each year of
the grant award.
    Page Limit: The application narrative is where you, the applicant,
address the selection criteria reviewers use to evaluate your
application. You must limit the narrative to the equivalent of no more
than 25 pages, using the following standards:
     A page is 8.5"  x  11", on one side only, with 1" margins
at the top, bottom, and both sides.
     Double space all text in the application narrative,
including titles, headings, footnotes, quotations, references, and
captions, as well as all text in charts, tables, figures, and graphs.
     Use a font that is either 12-point or larger or no smaller
than 10 pitch (characters per inch.).
    The page limit does not apply to the cover sheet, the budget
section, including the narrative budget justification, the assurances
and certifications; the one page abstract, the resumes, the
bibliography, or the letters of support. However, you must include all
of the application narrative in one section.
    If, to meet the page limit, you use more than one side of the page,
you use a larger page, or you use a print size, spacing, or margins
smaller than the standards in this notice, we will reject your
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80,
81, 82, 85, and 86; and (b) The regulations in 34 CFR parts 299 and
    Supplementary Information: It is the Department's intent to fund
two cycles of awards from this competition. The first cycle of awards
will be made from FY 2000 funds. If applications of high quality remain
unfunded, additional awards will be made in the second cycle in 2001,
pending availability of FY 2001 funds.
    Priorities: This competition focuses on projects designed to meet
the priorities in the notice of final priorities for this program,
published in the Federal Register on April 24, 1996 (61 FR 18214) and
repeated in this notice.

Absolute Priority--Model Programs

    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet
this absolute priority.
    Projects that establish and operate model programs to serve gifted
and talented students in schools in which at least 50 percent of the
students enrolled are from low-income families. Projects must include
students who may not be served by traditional gifted and talented
programs, including economically disadvantaged students, limited
English proficient students, and students with disabilities. The
projects must incorporate high-level content and performance standards
in one or more of the core subject areas as well as utilize innovative
teaching strategies.
    The projects must provide comprehensive ongoing professional
development opportunities for staff. The projects must incorporate
training for parents in ways to support their children's educational
progress. There must also be comprehensive evaluation of the projects'

Competitive Preference Priority--Empowerment Zone or Enterprise

    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i), we give preference and award five (5)
points to an application that meets this competitive priority.
    Projects that implement model programs in one or more schools in an
Empowerment Zone or Enterprise Community or that primarily serve
students who reside in the EZ or EC. Applicants must ensure that the
proposed program relates to the strategic plan and will be an integral
part of the Empowerment Zone or Enterprise Community program.
    For Applications and Further Information Contact: Kelley Berry or
Liz Barnes, U.S. Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW.,
room 502, Washington, DC 20208-5645. Facsimile machine: (202) 219-2053.
Telephone: (202) 219-2096 or (202) 219-2210, respectively. 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 either of the program contact persons listed
under For Applications and Further Information Contact.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application
package in an alternative format by contacting either person. However,
the Department is not able to reproduce in an alternative format the
standard forms included in the application package.

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    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 8031-8036.

    Dated: February 4, 2000.
C. Kent McGuire,
Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement.
[FR Doc. 00-2947 Filed 2-8-00; 8:45 am]