[Federal Register: July 18, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 138)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
[CFDA No: 84.349A]
Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program Grants
AGENCY: Department of Education.
ACTION: Notice of special final competition procedures for fiscal year
(FY) 2001 Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program
SUMMARY: On April 24, 2001, the Secretary published in the Federal
Register (66 FR 20640-20644) a notice inviting applications for new
awards and final procedures and requirements for a FY 2001 competition
for Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program grants.
The application deadline under that notice was June 25, 2001, which was
extended to July 2, 2001 for applicants in certain areas of Louisiana,
Texas, and Florida that the President declared as disaster areas due to
Tropical Storm Allison (June 26, 2001; 66 FR 33953-33954).
The notice inviting applications contained an absolute priority,
competitive and invitational preferences, and selection criteria that
apply to this competition. In addition, the notice indicated that 34
CFR part 75 of the Education Department General Administrative
Regulations (EDGAR) applies to these grants, which includes
provisions in Sec. 75.217 governing the Secretary's selection of
applications for new awards.
Due to the unexpected receipt of over two hundred grant
applications, the limited estimated number (10) of possible grant
awards, and the importance of identifying the highest-quality early
childhood educator professional development programs for replication
from this large applicant pool, the Secretary announces special final
competition procedures that will govern this competition and FY 2001
awards of these grants.
Competition Procedures. Except as stated below, the Secretary will
follow the procedures in part 75 for selecting applications for new
grants, including the procedures in Sec. 75.217.
As indicated in Sec. 75.217(a), the Secretary will select
applications for new grants on the basis of the authorizing statute,
the absolute priority, and the competitive preferences and selection
criteria previously published in the Federal Register in the notice
inviting applications. In selecting applications, the Secretary will
use a two-tier process of review by experts who include persons who are
not employees of the Federal Government.
In the first tier of review, panels of experts will evaluate
eligible applications against the selection criteria published in the
notice inviting applications. Depending upon the quality of the
applications and their relative merit, the Secretary plans to select
between approximately 30-50 of the highest-quality eligible
applications that meet the absolute priority, based upon the points
awarded under the selection criteria and competitive preferences during
the first-tier review. Those applications then will qualify for a
In the second tier of review, a smaller number of panels comprised
of experts who have specialized research-based knowledge about early
childhood education, early literacy, and language development will
review the applications that qualify for this tier of review. These
specialized expert panels will evaluate the applications against the
selection criteria published in the notice inviting applications. This
second-tier review will be independent of the first-tier review. The
Secretary will prepare a rank order of the applications in the second-
tier review, based solely on the evaluation of their quality according
to the selection criteria and their qualification for additional points
under each of the competitive preferences.
The Secretary then will use the criteria in Sec. 75.217(d) to
determine the order in which the second group of applications will be
selected for grants.
Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking: It is the Secretary's general
practice, in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5
U.S.C. 553), to offer interested parties the opportunity to comment on
proposed rules. Section 437(d)(1) of the General Education Provisions
Act (GEPA), however, exempts from this requirement rules that apply to
the first competition under a new program such as this one. In
addition, section 553(b)(A) of the APA provides that procedural rules,
such as those in this notice, are not subject to rulemaking. Because of
the unanticipated need for special competition procedures and to ensure
timely awards of these grant funds, the Secretary has decided to forego
public comment with respect to these procedures in accordance with
section 437(d)(1) of GEPA and section 553(b)(A) of the APA. These
procedures will be applicable only to the FY 2001 competition.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris F. Sligh, Compensatory Education
Programs, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, 400 Maryland
Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20202-6132. Telephone: (202) 260-0999, or via
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Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 6622 and Public Law No. 106-554.
Dated: July 12, 2001.
Thomas M. Corwin,
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary
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