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                                               expenditure information as specified by                 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION                                 This priority is:
                                               the Secretary in 34 CFR 75.118.                                                                                 Principal Leadership Professional
                                                 4. Performance Measures: The                          Office of Special Education and                       Development Center to Support School
                                               Secretary may choose to develop                         Rehabilitative Services                               Improvement to Ensure Access to, and
                                               performance measures for the Alcohol                                                                          Participation and Progress in the
                                                                                                       Overview Information                                  General Education Curriculum in the
                                               and Other Drug Prevention Models on
                                               College Campuses Program in                               Personnel Development to Improve                    Least Restrictive Environment
                                               accordance with the Government                          Services and Results for Children with
                                                                                                                                                             Background
                                               Performance and Results Act (GPRA). If                  Disabilities—Principal Leadership
                                                                                                       Professional Development Center to                       Principal leadership is an essential
                                               indicators are developed, grantees will                                                                       element of school improvement that
                                               be asked to provide information that                    Support School Improvement to Ensure
                                                                                                       Access to, and Participation and                      entails simultaneous attention to
                                               relates to participant outcomes and                                                                           effective and efficient service delivery,
                                               project management.                                     Progress in the General Education
                                                                                                       Curriculum in the Least Restrictive                   use of resources, and academic
                                               VII. Agency Contacts                                    Environment.                                          performance. Successful principals use
                                                                                                         Notice inviting applications for new                a variety of strategies and tools to
                                               FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:     Vera               awards for fiscal year (FY) 2006.                     leverage improvement on a school-wide
                                               Messina, U.S. Department of Education,                    Catalog of Federal Domestic                         basis, for all students including students
                                               400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room                          Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.325P.                    with disabilities. For example, effective
                                               3E258, Washington, DC 20202–6450.                         Dates:                                              principals often build partnerships with
                                               Telephone: (202) 260–8273 or by e-mail:                   Applications Available: February 9,                 families, business leaders, and
                                               vera.messina@ed.gov or Ruth Tringo,                     2006.                                                 community organizations, and establish
                                               U.S. Department of Education, 400                         Deadline for Transmittal of                         and mobilize leadership teams to assess
                                               Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3E338,                       Applications: March 24, 2006.                         community resources, align initiatives,
                                               Washington, DC 20202–6450.                                Deadline for Intergovernmental                      and design and implement coherent
                                               Telephone: (202) 260–2838 or by e-mail:                 Review: May 23, 2006.                                 strategic plans to support student
                                               ruth.tringo@ed.gov.                                       Eligible Applicants: Institutions of                success. Principal leadership guides
                                                  If you use a telecommunications                      higher education (IHEs).                              students, families, school personnel,
                                                                                                         Estimated Available Funds: $285,000.                and community partners through the
                                               device for the deaf (TDD), you may call                   Maximum Award: We will reject any
                                               the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–                                                                         development, design, implementation,
                                                                                                       application that proposes a budget                    and evaluation of coherent and
                                               888–877–8339.                                           exceeding $285,000 for a single budget                evidence-based systemic school
                                                  Individuals with disabilities may                    period of 12 months. The Assistant                    improvement strategies. Effective
                                               obtain this document in an alternative                  Secretary for Special Education and                   principals also mentor and coach
                                               format (e.g., Braille, large print,                     Rehabilitative Services may change the                teachers to build school capacity to
                                               audiotape, or computer diskette) on                     maximum amount through a notice                       ensure that all students have access to
                                               request to the program contact persons                  published in the Federal Register.                    a content-rich general education
                                               listed in this section.                                   Number of Awards: 1.                                curriculum and instructional supports
                                               VIII. Other Information                                   Note: The Department is not bound by any            to achieve academic success.
                                                                                                       estimates in this notice.                                Unfortunately, there is a gap between
                                                  Electronic Access to This Document:                                                                        evidence-based best practice and
                                               You may view this document, as well as                    Project Period: Up to 60 months.                    current practice in principal leadership
                                               all other documents of this Department                                                                        and implementation of school
                                                                                                       Full Text of Announcement
                                               published in the Federal Register, in                                                                         improvement activities. This gap is
                                               text or Adobe Portable Document                         I. Funding Opportunity Description                    particularly evident in providing access
                                               Format (PDF) on the Internet at the                        Purpose of Program: The purposes of                to the general education curriculum in
                                               following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/                 this program are to (1) help address                  the least restrictive environment for
                                               fedregister.                                            State-identified needs for highly                     students with disabilities.
                                                  To use PDF you must have Adobe                       qualified personnel—in special                           Many principals have difficulty with
                                               Acrobat Reader, which is available free                 education, related services, early                    the logistics of establishing inclusive
                                               at this site. If you have questions about               intervention, and regular education—to                classrooms due to the small number of
                                               using PDF, call the U.S. Government                     work with infants or toddlers with                    highly qualified special education
                                               Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1–                 disabilities, or children with                        teachers who have full schedules and
                                               888–293–6498; or in the Washington,                     disabilities; and (2) ensure that those               caseloads, causing many schools to
                                               DC, area at (202) 512–1530.                             personnel have the skills and                         group special education students
                                                                                                       knowledge—derived from practices that                 together rather than assign them general
                                                  Note: The official version of this document                                                                education classrooms with
                                               is the document published in the Federal                have been determined through research
                                               Register. Free Internet access to the official          and experience to be successful—that                  supplementary supports. According to
                                               edition of the Federal Register and the Code            are needed to serve those children.                   the Special Education Elementary
                                               of Federal Regulations is available on GPO                 Priority: In accordance with 34 CFR                Longitudinal Study (2004), 45 percent of
                                               Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/               75.105(b)(2)(v), this priority is from                elementary and middle school students
                                               index.html.                                             allowable activities specified in the                 with disabilities receive their primary
                                                                                                       statute (see sections 662(d) and 681(d)               language arts instruction in special
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                                                 Dated: February 3, 2006.                              of the Individuals with Disabilities                  education settings—resource rooms,
                                               Deborah A. Price,                                       Education Act (IDEA)).                                self-contained special education classes,
                                               Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-              Absolute Priority: For FY 2006 this                or one-to-one instruction rather than in
                                               Free Schools.                                           priority is an absolute priority. Under 34            the general education classroom.
                                               [FR Doc. E6–1812 Filed 2–9–06; 8:45 am]                 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only                    According to the National Longitudinal
                                               BILLING CODE 4000–01–P                                  applications that meet this priority.                 Transition Study 2 (2003), even when


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                                               physically present in the general                         (a) Build the capacity of principals to             professional development and capacity-
                                               education classroom, students with                      use evidence-based school improvement                 building within schools that ensure
                                               disabilities consistently participate less              practices to ensure access to, and                    access to, and participation and progress
                                               actively than their classmates in their                 participation and progress in the general             in the general education curriculum in
                                               general education academic classes. In                  education curriculum in the least                     the least restrictive environment for
                                               2005, of the students with disabilities                 restrictive environment for students                  students with disabilities; and (5) a
                                               included in the sample for the National                 with disabilities at the kindergarten                 description of how effective principal
                                               Assessment of Educational Progress, 35                  through grade 12 levels;                              leaders integrate assessment, curriculum
                                               percent were excluded from the fourth-                    (b) Provide training and onsite                     and instruction with learning standards,
                                               grade reading assessment and 19                         professional development to principals                teaching design and practicum, and
                                               percent were excluded from fourth-                      in partnership with at least 30 schools               family participation in teaching and
                                               grade math assessment because of their                  to lead school improvement initiatives                learning, in a comprehensive aligned
                                               disability. Furthermore, according to the               that focus on enhancing access to, and                professional development model to
                                               22nd Annual Report to Congress, 31                      participation and progress in the general             guide systemic implementation at
                                               percent of special education students                   education curriculum in the least                     classroom and school levels;
                                               ages 14 to 21 drop out of school. These                 restrictive environment for students                     (e) In years 1 through 3 of the project
                                               statistics demonstrate that there is a                  with disabilities;                                    period, identify, implement, and
                                               compelling need for principals to                         (c) Identify and widely disseminate                 evaluate strategies that support effective
                                               implement school improvement                            the most successful evidence-based                    principals in partnership with at least
                                               activities that ensure that students with               school systemic improvement practices                 30 schools to provide examples of
                                               disabilities have access to, and                        available to principals throughout the                effective school improvement
                                               participate and progress in the general                 United States for school improvement                  implementation of evidence-based and
                                               education curriculum in the least                       activities that ensure access to, and                 promising practices that ensure access
                                               restrictive environment.                                participation and progress in the general             to, and participation and progress in the
                                                                                                       education curriculum in the least                     general education curriculum in the
                                               Priority                                                restrictive environment for students                  least restrictive environment for
                                                  The Assistant Secretary establishes an               with disabilities. To the extent possible,            students with disabilities. At a
                                               absolute priority for the establishment                 the Center should use criteria from the               minimum, the PD Center must work
                                               of a Principal Leadership Professional                  What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) and                    with these 30 partner schools to: (1)
                                               Development Center to Support School                    other rigorous sources in determining                 Identify and define the scope and
                                               Improvement to Ensure Access to, and                    what is ‘‘evidenced-based’’;                          sequence of ongoing professional
                                               Participation and Progress in the                         (d) Complete a synthesis of available               development training content as well as
                                               General Education Curriculum in the                     research literature within the first six              strategies to measure the acquisition,
                                               Least Restrictive Environment (PD                       months of the project start date. To the              fidelity, and fluency of implementation
                                               Center). The purpose of the PD Center                   extent possible, the PD Center will                   at the classroom and school levels; (2)
                                               is to support principals in their efforts               consult with sources such as the WWC,                 establish classroom and school
                                               to implement unified school                             the Access Center: Improving Outcomes                 structures to increase school
                                               improvement initiatives that are                        for All Students K–9 that is funded by                improvement capacity for ongoing
                                               designed to ensure students with                        the Department’s Office of Special                    professional development and training;
                                               disabilities have access to, and                        Education Programs (OSEP), and the                    and (3) describe how principals work
                                               participate and progress in the general                 review board of OSEP’s Dissemination                  with school and district leaders to
                                               education curriculum in the least                       Center. The synthesis must include: (1)               incorporate these strategies into ongoing
                                               restrictive environment.                                A summary of the research literature                  district policy and practice;
                                                  The PD Center must:                                  describing promising evidence-based                      (f) Based on lessons learned with
                                                  • Assist a cadre of principals in the                school improvement instruction and                    principal leaders and school
                                               development, implementation, and                        progress-monitoring practices in                      improvement efforts in years 1 through
                                               continuous improvement of school                        elementary, middle, and secondary                     3 of the project period, replicate and
                                               improvement efforts using evidence-                     schools that ensure access to, and                    scale up the PD Center’s
                                               based practices to ensure that students                 participation and progress in the general             implementation with an additional 200
                                               with disabilities have access to, and                   education curriculum in the least                     schools in year 4 of the project period;
                                               participate and progress in the general                 restrictive environment for students                     (g) Establish, maintain, and meet at
                                               education curriculum in the least                       with disabilities to ensure schools meet              least annually with a national advisory
                                               restrictive environment;                                adequate yearly progress indicators; (2)              group of principal leaders from urban,
                                                  • Support networks of principals                     a conceptual framework using evidence-                suburban, and rural schools to provide
                                               engaged in school improvement efforts                   based research practices within a                     feedback on the plans, activities, and
                                               that include students with disabilities;                coherent decision-making model to                     accomplishments of the PD Center in
                                                  • Create partnerships among                          support the adoption, implementation,                 collaboration with the OSEP Project
                                               principal professional associations,                    evaluation, sustainability, and scaling               Officer;
                                               school and university personnel, and                    up of school improvement strategies                      (h) Use external and internal
                                               business leaders to promote and support                 that ensure access to, and participation              evaluators to measure and report to
                                               principal leadership for school                         and progress in the general education                 OSEP on the progress of the PD Center
                                               improvement and inclusion of students                   curriculum in the least restrictive                   activities included in paragraphs (a)
                                                                                                       environment for students with
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                                               with disabilities across the Nation; and                                                                      through (f) in this priority;
                                                  • Use existing principal professional                disabilities; (3) a description of                       (i) Meet with the OSEP Project Officer
                                               organization networks to inform the PD                  evidence-based practices that may be                  and appropriate OSEP staff within the
                                               Center’s activities and serve as                        used to foster and maintain partnerships              first month of the project start date;
                                               dissemination vehicles.                                 between schools and families to support                  (j) Budget for the PD Center’s project
                                                  To meet this priority, the PD Center                 school improvement activities; (4) a                  director to attend a three-day Project
                                               must:                                                   description of effective approaches to                Director’s Meeting in Washington, DC


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                                               and an additional two-day trip annually                 III. Eligibility Information                          text in charts, tables, figures, and
                                               to Washington, DC to attend an                            1. Eligible Applicants: IHEs.                       graphs.
                                               additional Project Director’s meeting                     2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This                      • Use a font that is either 12 point or
                                               and to meet and collaborate with the                    competition does not involve cost                     larger or no smaller than 10 pitch
                                               OSEP Project Officer and other funded                   sharing or matching.                                  (characters per inch).
                                               projects for purposes of cross-project                                                                           The page limit does not apply to Part
                                                                                                         3. Other: General Requirements— (a)
                                               collaboration and information exchange;                                                                       I, the cover sheet; Part II, the budget
                                                                                                       The projects funded under this
                                               and                                                                                                           section, including the narrative budget
                                                                                                       competition must make positive efforts
                                                 (k) If a Web site is maintained, ensure                                                                     justification; Part IV, the assurances and
                                                                                                       to employ and advance in employment
                                               that the information and documents                                                                            certifications; or the one-page abstract,
                                                                                                       qualified individuals with disabilities
                                               available on the Web site are in a format                                                                     the resumes, the bibliography, the
                                                                                                       (see section 606 of IDEA).
                                               that meets a government or industry-                                                                          references, or the letters of support.
                                                                                                         (b) Applicants and grant recipients
                                               recognized standard for accessibility.                                                                        However, you must include all of the
                                                                                                       funded under this competition must
                                                                                                                                                             application narrative in Part III.
                                               Fourth and Fifth Years of the Project                   involve individuals with disabilities or
                                                                                                                                                                We will reject your application if:
                                                  In deciding whether to continue                      parents of individuals with disabilities                 • You apply these standards and
                                               funding the PD Center for the fourth and                ages birth through 26 in planning,                    exceed the page limit; or
                                               fifth years, the Secretary, will consider               implementing, and evaluating the                         • You apply other standards and
                                               the requirements of 34 CFR 75.253(a),                   projects (see section 682(a)(1)(A) of                 exceed the equivalent of the page limit.
                                               and in addition:                                        IDEA).                                                   3. Submission Dates and Times:
                                                  (a) The recommendation of a review                   IV. Application and Submission                           Applications Available: February 9,
                                               team consisting of experts selected by                  Information                                           2006.
                                               the Secretary, which review will be                                                                              Deadline for Transmittal of
                                                                                                          1. Address to Request Application                  Applications: March 24, 2006.
                                               conducted during the last half of the
                                                                                                       Package: Education Publications Center                   Applications for grants under this
                                               project’s second year in Washington,
                                                                                                       (ED Pubs), P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD                  competition may be submitted
                                               DC. Projects must budget for the travel
                                                                                                       20794–1398. Telephone (toll free): 1–                 electronically using the Grants.gov
                                               associated with this review;
                                                                                                       877–433–7827. FAX: (301) 470–1244. If                 Apply site (Grants.gov), or in paper
                                                  (b) The timeliness and effectiveness
                                                                                                       you use a telecommunications device                   format by mail or hand delivery. For
                                               with which all requirements of the
                                                                                                       for the deaf (TDD), you may call (toll                information (including dates and times)
                                               negotiated cooperative agreement have
                                                                                                       free): 1–877–576–7734.                                about how to submit your application
                                               been or are being met by the project; and
                                                  (c) The degree to which the project’s                   You may also contact ED Pubs at its                electronically, or by mail or hand
                                               design and methodology demonstrate                      Web site: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/                     delivery, please refer to section IV.6.
                                               the potential for advancing significant                 edpubs.html or you may contact ED                     Other Submission Requirements in this
                                               new knowledge.                                          Pubs at its e-mail address:                           notice.
                                                  Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking:                       edpubs@inet.ed.gov.                                      We do not consider an application
                                               Under the Administrative Procedure Act                     If you request an application from ED              that does not comply with the deadline
                                               (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553) the Department                     Pubs, be sure to identify this                        requirements.
                                               generally offers interested parties the                 competition as follows: CFDA number                      Deadline for Intergovernmental
                                               opportunity to comment on a proposed                    84.325P.                                              Review: May 23, 2006.
                                               priority. However, section 681(d) of                       Individuals with disabilities may                     4. Intergovernmental Review: This
                                               IDEA makes the public comment                           obtain a copy of the application package              program is subject to Executive Order
                                               requirements of the APA inapplicable to                 in an alternative format (e.g., Braille,              12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR
                                               the priority in this notice.                            large print, audiotape, or computer                   part 79. Information about
                                                  Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1462                    diskette) by contacting the Grants and                Intergovernmental Review of Federal
                                               and 1481(d).                                            Contracts Services Team listed under                  Programs under Executive Order 12372
                                                  Applicable Regulations: The                          FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in                    is in the application package for this
                                               Education Department General                            section VII of this notice.                           competition.
                                               Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in                      2. Content and Form of Application                    5. Funding Restrictions: We reference
                                               34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82,                Submission: Requirements concerning                   regulations outlining funding
                                               84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99.                             the content of an application, together               restrictions in the Applicable
                                                                                                       with the forms you must submit, are in                Regulations section of this notice.
                                               II. Award Information                                   the application package for this                         6. Other Submission Requirements:
                                                 Type of Award: Cooperative                            competition. Page Limit: The                          Applications for grants under this
                                               agreement.                                              application narrative (Part III of the                competition may be submitted
                                                 Estimated Available Funds: $285,000.                  application) is where you, the applicant,             electronically or in paper format by mail
                                                 Maximum Award: We will reject any                     address the selection criteria that                   or hand delivery.
                                               application that proposes a budget                      reviewers use to evaluate your                           a. Electronic Submission of
                                               exceeding $285,000 for a single budget                  application. You must limit Part III to               Applications.
                                               period of 12 months. The Assistant                      the equivalent of no more than 70 pages,                 We have been accepting applications
                                               Secretary for Special Education and                     using the following standards:                        electronically through the Department’s
                                               Rehabilitative Services may change the                     • A ‘‘page’’ is 8.5″ x 11″, on one side            e-Application system since FY 2000. In
                                               maximum amount through a notice                         only, with 1″ margins at the top, bottom,             order to expand on those efforts and
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                                               published in the Federal Register.                      and both sides.                                       comply with the President’s
                                                 Number of Awards: 1.                                     • Double space (no more than three                 Management Agenda, we are continuing
                                                                                                       lines per vertical inch) all text in the              to participate as a partner in the new
                                                 Note: The Department is not bound by any
                                               estimates in this notice.
                                                                                                       application narrative, including titles,              government wide Grants.gov Apply site
                                                                                                       headings, footnotes, quotations,                      in FY 2006. Principal Leadership
                                                  Project Period: Up to 60 months.                     references, and captions, as well as all              Professional Development Center to


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                                               Support School Improvement to Ensure                       • You should review and follow the                 identifying number unique to your
                                               Access to, and Participation and                        Education Submission Procedures for                   application).
                                               Progress in the General Education                       submitting an application through                       • We may request that you provide us
                                               Curriculum in the Least Restrictive                     Grants.gov that are included in the                   original signatures on forms at a later
                                               Environment—CFDA Number 84.325P                         application package for this competition              date.
                                               is one of the competitions included in                  to ensure that you submit your
                                               this project. We request your                                                                                 Application Deadline Date Extension in
                                                                                                       application in a timely manner to the
                                               participation in Grants.gov.                                                                                  Case of System Unavailability
                                                                                                       Grants.gov system. You can also find the
                                                  If you choose to submit your                         Education Submission Procedures                          If you are prevented from
                                               application electronically, you must use                pertaining to Grants.gov at http://e-                 electronically submitting your
                                               the Grants.gov Apply site at http://                    Grants.ed.gov/help/                                   application on the application deadline
                                               www.Grants.gov. Through this site, you                  GrantsgovSubmissionProcedures.pdf.                    date because of technical problems with
                                               will be able to download a copy of the                     • To submit your application via                   the Grants.gov system, we will grant you
                                               application package, complete it offline,               Grants.gov, you must complete all of the              an extension until 4:30 p.m.,
                                               and then upload and submit your                         steps in the Grants.gov registration                  Washington, DC time, the following
                                               application. You may not e-mail an                      process (see http://www.Grants.gov/                   business day to enable you to transmit
                                               electronic copy of a grant application to               GetStarted). These steps include (1)                  your application electronically, or by
                                               us.                                                     registering your organization, (2)                    hand delivery. You also may mail your
                                                  You may access the electronic grant                  registering yourself as an Authorized                 application by following the mailing
                                               application for the Principal Leadership                Organization Representative (AOR), and                instructions as described elsewhere in
                                               Professional Development Center to                      (3) getting authorized as an AOR by                   this notice. If you submit an application
                                               Support School Improvement to Ensure                    your organization. Details on these steps             after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on
                                               Access to, and Participation and                        are outlined in the Grants.gov 3-Step                 the deadline date, please contact the
                                               Progress in the General Education                       Registration Guide (see http://                       person listed elsewhere in this notice
                                               Curriculum in the Least Restrictive                     www.grants.gov/assets/                                under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
                                               Environment—CFDA Number 84.325P                         GrantsgovCoBrandBrochure8X11.pdf).                    CONTACT, and provide an explanation of
                                               competition at: http://www.grants.gov.                  You also must provide on your                         the technical problem you experienced
                                               You must search for the downloadable                    application the same D-U-N-S Number                   with Grants.gov, along with the
                                               application package for this program by                 used with this registration. Please note              Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number
                                               the CFDA number. Do not include the                     that the registration process may take                (if available). We will accept your
                                               CFDA number’s alpha suffix in your                      five or more business days to complete,               application if we can confirm that a
                                               search.                                                 and you must have completed all                       technical problem occurred with the
                                                  Please note the following:                                                                                 Grants.gov system and that that problem
                                                  • Your participation in Grants.gov is                registration steps to allow you to
                                                                                                       successfully submit an application via                affected your ability to submit your
                                               voluntary.
                                                                                                       Grants.gov.                                           application by 4:30 p.m., Washington,
                                                  • When you enter the Grants.gov site,
                                               you will find information about                            • You will not receive additional                  DC time, on the application deadline
                                                                                                       point value because you submit your                   date. The Department will contact you
                                               submitting an application electronically
                                                                                                       application in electronic format, nor                 after a determination is made on
                                               through the site, as well as the hours of
                                                                                                       will we penalize you if you submit your               whether your application will be
                                               operation.
                                                  • Applications received by Grants.gov                application in paper format.                          accepted.
                                               are time and date stamped. Your                            • You may submit all documents                        Note: Extensions referred to in this section
                                               application must be fully uploaded and                  electronically, including all information             apply only to the unavailability of or
                                               submitted, and must be date/time                        typically included on the Application                 technical problems with the Grants.gov
                                               stamped by the Grants.gov system no                     for Federal Education Assistance (ED                  system. We will not grant you an extension
                                               later than 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC                    424), Budget Information—Non-                         if you failed to fully register to submit your
                                               time, on the application deadline date.                 Construction Programs (ED 524), and all               application to Grants.gov before the deadline
                                                                                                       necessary assurances and certifications.              date and time or if the technical problem you
                                               Except as otherwise noted in this                                                                             experienced is unrelated to the Grants.gov
                                               section, we will not consider your                      If you choose to submit your application
                                                                                                                                                             system.
                                               application if it is date/time stamped by               electronically, you must attach any
                                               the Grants.gov system later than 4:30                   narrative sections of your application as               b. Submission of Paper Applications
                                               p.m., Washington, DC time, on the                       files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich                by Mail.
                                               application deadline date. When we                      text) or .PDF (Portable Document)                       If you submit your application in
                                               retrieve your application from                          format. If you upload a file type other               paper format by mail (through the U.S.
                                               Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are                than the three file types specified above             Postal Service or a commercial carrier),
                                               rejecting your application because it                   or submit a password protected file, we               you must mail the original and two
                                               was date/time stamped by the                            will not review that material.                        copies of your application, on or before
                                               Grants.gov system after 4:30 p.m.,                         • Your electronic application must                 the application deadline date, to the
                                               Washington, DC time, on the                             comply with any page limit                            Department at the applicable following
                                               application deadline date.                              requirements described in this notice.                address:
                                                  • The amount of time it can take to                     • After you electronically submit                    By mail through the U.S. Postal
                                               upload an application will vary                         your application, you will receive an                 Service: U.S. Department of Education,
                                               depending on a variety of factors                       automatic acknowledgment from                         Application Control Center, Attention:
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                                               including the size of the application and               Grants.gov that contains a Grants.gov                 (CFDA Number 84.325P), 400 Maryland
                                               the speed of your Internet connection.                  tracking number. The Department will                  Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202–
                                               Therefore, we strongly recommend that                   retrieve your application from                        4260; or
                                               you do not wait until the application                   Grants.gov and send you a second                        By mail through a commercial carrier:
                                               deadline date to begin the application                  confirmation by e-mail that will include              U.S. Department of Education,
                                               process through Grants.gov.                             a PR/Award number (an ED-specified                    Application Control Center—Stop 4260,


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                                                                           Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 27 / Thursday, February 9, 2006 / Notices                                                6771

                                               Attention: (CFDA Number 84.325P),                       V. Application Review Information                     performance in annual reports to the
                                               7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD                      Selection Criteria: The selection                   Department (34 CFR 75.590).
                                               20785–1506.                                             criteria for this competition are from 34             VII. Agency Contact
                                                 Regardless of which address you use,                  CFR 75.210 and are listed in the
                                               you must show proof of mailing                          application package.                                  FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
                                               consisting of one of the following:                                                                           Anne Smith, U.S. Department of
                                                 (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service               VI. Award Administration Information                  Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW.,
                                               postmark.                                                  1. Award Notices: If your application              room 4086, Potomac Center Plaza,
                                                 (2) A legible mail receipt with the                   is successful, we notify your U.S.                    Washington, DC 20202–2600.
                                               date of mailing stamped by the U.S.                     Representative and U.S. Senators and                  Telephone: (202) 245–7529.
                                               Postal Service.                                         send you a Grant Award Notification                     If you use a telecommunications
                                                 (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or               (GAN). We may also notify you                         device for the deaf (TDD), you may call
                                               receipt from a commercial carrier, or                   informally.                                           the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–
                                                 (4) Any other proof of mailing                                                                              800–877–8339.
                                                                                                          If your application is not evaluated or
                                               acceptable to the Secretary of the U.S.                                                                         Individuals with disabilities may
                                                                                                       not selected for funding, we notify you.
                                               Department of Education.                                   2. Administrative and National Policy              obtain this document in an alternative
                                                 If you mail your application through                                                                        format (e.g., Braille, large print,
                                                                                                       Requirements: We identify
                                               the U.S. Postal Service, we do not                                                                            audiotape, or computer diskette) on
                                                                                                       administrative and national policy
                                               accept either of the following as proof                                                                       request by contacting the following
                                                                                                       requirements in the application package
                                               of mailing:                                                                                                   office: The Grants and Contracts
                                                                                                       and reference these and other
                                                 (1) A private metered postmark, or                                                                          Services Team, U.S. Department of
                                                 (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by               requirements in the Applicable
                                                                                                       Regulations section of this notice.                   Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW.,
                                               the U.S. Postal Service.                                                                                      Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC
                                                 If your application is postmarked after                  We reference the regulations outlining
                                                                                                       the terms and conditions of an award in               20202–2550. Telephone: (202) 245–
                                               the application deadline date, we will                                                                        7363.
                                               not consider your application.                          the Applicable Regulations section of
                                                                                                       this notice and include these and other               VIII. Other Information
                                                 Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not                specific conditions in the GAN. The
                                               uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before                                                                       Electronic Access to This Document:
                                                                                                       GAN also incorporates your approved                   You may view this document, as well as
                                               relying on this method, you should check                application as part of your binding
                                               with your local post office.                                                                                  all other documents of this Department
                                                                                                       commitments under the grant.                          published in the Federal Register, in
                                                 c. Submission of Paper Applications                      3. Reporting: At the end of your                   text or Adobe Portable Document
                                               by Hand Delivery.                                       project period, you must submit a final               Format (PDF) on the Internet at the
                                                 If you submit your application in                     performance report, including financial               following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/
                                               paper format by hand delivery, you (or                  information, as directed by the                       fedregister.
                                               a courier service) must deliver the                     Secretary. If you receive a multi-year                   To use PDF you must have Adobe
                                               original and two copies of your                         award, you must submit an annual                      Acrobat Reader, which is available free
                                               application by hand, on or before the                   performance report that provides the                  at this site. If you have questions about
                                               application deadline date, to the                       most current performance and financial                using PDF, call the U.S. Government
                                               Department at the following address:                    expenditure information as specified by               Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1–
                                               U.S. Department of Education,                           the Secretary in 34 CFR 75.118.                       888–293–6498; or in the Washington,
                                               Application Control Center, Attention:                     4. Performance Measures: Under the                 DC, area at (202) 512–1530.
                                               (CFDA Number 84.325P), 550 12th                         Government Performance and Results
                                               Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center                  Act (GPRA), the Department has                           Note: The official version of this document
                                               Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–4260.                       developed measures that will yield                    is the document published in the Federal
                                                                                                       information on various aspects of the                 Register. Free Internet access to the official
                                                 The Application Control Center                                                                              edition of the Federal Register and the Code
                                               accepts hand deliveries daily between 8                 technical assistance and dissemination                of Federal Regulations is available on GPO
                                               a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC                      activities currently being supported                  Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/
                                               time, except Saturdays, Sundays and                     under IDEA Part D. These measures will                index.html.
                                               Federal holidays.                                       be used for the Principal Leadership
                                                 Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of                     Professional Development Center to                      Dated: February 6, 2006.
                                               Paper Applications: If you mail or hand                 Support School Improvement to Ensure                  John H. Hager,
                                               deliver your application to the                         Access to, and Participation and                      Assistant Secretary for Special Education and
                                               Department:                                             Progress in the General Education                     Rehabilitative Services.
                                                 (1) You must indicate on the envelope                 Curriculum in the Least Restrictive                   [FR Doc. E6–1805 Filed 2–8–06; 8:45 am]
                                               and—if not provided by the                              Environment competition, and they                     BILLING CODE 4000–01–P
                                               Department—in Item 4 of ED 424 the                      focus on: The extent to which projects
                                               CFDA number—and suffix letter, if                       provide high quality products and
                                               any—of the competition under which                      services, the relevance of project                    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
                                               you are submitting your application.                    products and services to educational                  AGENCY
                                                 (2) The Application Control Center                    and early intervention policy and
                                               will mail a grant application receipt                   practice, and the use of products and                 [FRL–8030–5]
                                               acknowledgment to you. If you do not                    services to improve educational and
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                                                                                                                                                             National Advisory Council for
                                               receive the grant application receipt                   early intervention policy and practice.
                                                                                                                                                             Environmental Policy and Technology
                                               acknowledgment within 15 business                          We will notify grantees if they will be
                                                                                                                                                             Environmental Technology
                                               days from the application deadline date,                required to provide any information
                                                                                                                                                             Subcommittee
                                               you should call the U.S. Department of                  related to these measures.
                                               Education Application Control Center at                    Grantees will also be required to                  AGENCY: Environmental Protection
                                               (202) 245–6288.                                         report information on their projects’                 Agency (EPA).


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