Star Schools Program

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CFDA Number: 84.203
Type of Program: Discretionary/Competitive Grants


The purpose of this program was to support distance education projects that:

  • Encouraged improved instruction in mathematics, science, foreign languages, and other subjects; and.

  • Served underserved populations, including disadvantaged, nonreading, and limited English proficient (LEP) populations and individuals with disabilities. Star Schools grants were made to eligible telecommunications partnerships, to enable such partnerships to: (1) develop, construct, acquire, maintain, and operate telecommunications audio and visual facilities and equipment; (2) develop and acquire educational and instructional programming; and (3) obtain technical assistance for the use of such facilities and instructional programming.


Grants are used to obtain telecommunications facilities and equipment; develop and acquire instructional programming for students; provide preservice and in-service staff development for teachers; provide educational programming for parents and community members; obtain technical assistance for teachers, school personnel, and other educators in the use of the facilities and programming; and improve instruction in the areas of reading and math by utilizing emerging mobile technologies and the use of games and simulations.

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Last Modified: 06/16/2014