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Notice of Proposed Priorities for the Comprehensive Centers program

The US Department of Education is proposing new priorities, requirements, definitions, and performance measures for the FY 2019 Comprehensive Centers program that respond to States’ needs as they implement their approved ESEA Consolidated State Plans. 

The Department is proposing that regional comprehensive centers focus on implementing and scaling evidence-based programs, practices, and interventions that directly benefit students from low-income families, recipients that are implementing support and improvement activities, and recipients in rural areas.  The Department is also proposing a national center that will provide high-quality resources and professional learning opportunities to help States address common implementation challenges and emerging national education trends.  

The Department intends to use the proposed priorities, requirements, and definitions to award grants to eligible applicants seeking to provide services to State educational agencies (SEAs), regional educational agencies (REAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and schools.  Eligible applicants under this program include research organizations, institutions, institutions of higher education, local entities, or partnerships of such local entities that have the expertise to provide training to SEAs, LEAs, and schools. 

The public will have an opportunity to comment on the proposed priorities through October 29, 2018.  The Notice is available on the Federal Register at:


National Comprehensive Center on Improving Literacy for Students with Disabilities 

In FY2016, Congress appropriated funds to establish a National Comprehensive Center on Improving Literacy for Students with Disabilities. The center will be authorized as part of the Comprehensive Centers Program established under the Education Technical Assistance Act of 2002 and will address the needs of students at risk of not attaining full literacy skills due to a disability, including dyslexia. Please contact Kristen Rhoads [202-245-6715] if you have questions regarding this opportunity.

The application period for this opportunity closed July 25, 2016.

Regional Advisory Committees 

General information about the RACs and the latest 2016 RAC reports are available here: Regional Advisory Committees - General Information

If you are interested in learning about the composition of the 10 RACs from 2016 and the work that they have done, you may go to:

  • New Notice of Proposed Priorities (published September 28, 2018)
    Visit the Federal Register  to view the Notice

  • Notice of Extension Waiver (January 9, 2016)
    download files PDF (173k)

Last Modified: 10/02/2018