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Fwd: Challenge Grants for Technology in Education (fwd)

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Teresa Tipton (
Sun, 21 Apr 1996 14:08:01 -0700 (PDT)

Please scan through all of the initial forwarded message text that I
can't seem to delete - in order to give you this information sent to me by
one of the students from my Grants-in-Education class.

Because so many of you are discussing technology needs, I thought this
grant application would be of interest to some people looking for funding
to expand the use of new technologies in school districts. (and student
achievement with the 4th "R" - 'RT - included in the mix.) This award
provides $500 - $2,000,000 a year for five years. If you aren't
interested, just delete.

Teresa Tipton

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 1996 01:49:19 -0400
From: GAR01
Subject: Fwd: Challenge Grants for Technology in Education (fwd)


I'm just trying to get this Federal Reg. posting to you a couple of different
ways. If my Halcyon account didn't get the info. to you maybe aol will. I
rarely use this though it is often times more convenient for students to send
projects (Hypercard) to me.

Forwarded message:
Subj: Fwd: Challenge Grants for Technology in Education (fwd)
Date: 96-04-13 03:26:32 EDT
From: OhBroadway
To: GAR01

Forwarded message:
From: (Dennis Small)
Date: 96-04-12 20:18:48 EDT

* Dennis Small, Educational Telecommunications Supervisor *
* OSPI, Old Capitol Bldg, PO BOX 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200 *
* Phone: (360) 664-3111 TDD (360) 664-3461 FAX: (360) 586-3894 *
* WWW: Gopher: *
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Kirk Winters <kwinters>

for Technology in Education" program was issued today in
the Federal Register. It states that, while no funds are
provided for this program under the *current* continuing
resolution (under which the U.S. Department of Education is
now operating), Secretary Riley anticipates that the *final*
fiscal year 1996 appropriation -- which will be decided some
time after Congress returns to Washington next week -- will
include about $23 million for this competition. It is
estimated that 23 awards (all of which are for 5 years) will
be made.

If your school district is planning to apply for this competition,
you may want to see four items *now available* in our Online

1995 Technology Grant Award Winner Project
Descriptions, 1995 Technology Grant Award Winners --
Announcement & Project Abstracts, Resource Guide for
Grant Applications, and Evaluation Resources: a
Bibliography. All 4 are available in our Online
Library (at
and at -> Department-wide Initiatives
(Goals 2000...)/ -> Technology/ -> Challenge Grants

You may also want to see three additional items that will be
available there *soon*:

the 1996 Application Package (for the program), the
Federal Register notice inviting applications (which is
below), & a second Federal Register notice describing
selection criteria for the program, as well as
selection procedures & application procedures (both
Federal Register notices appeared in the Federal
Register today).

Please note that several items currently found in the
Challenge Grants area of the Online Library are for LAST
YEAR'S competition (these include the 1995 Application
Package & the Applicant Briefing from March 17, 1995). Also
please note that, while we *try* to ensure that the Online
Library version of Federal Register notices & the actual
notices that appear in the Federal Register are identical,
the Federal Register notice is the one to consult for
complete & authoritative information.

BELOW IS THE NOTICE that appeared today in the Federal
Register to invite applications for new awards under the
1996 Challenge Grants for Technology in Education program.
It tells who is eligible to apply, when applications must be
received, the average size of awards, & more. While we have
attempted to make sure that the information below is the
same as the notice that appeared in the Federal Register,
the actual notice that was printed in today's Federal
Register should be consulted for complete & authoritative

Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year
(FY) 1996 for the Challenge Grants for Technology in Education.
(CFDA No. 84.303A)

PURPOSE OF PROGRAM: The Challenge Grants for Technology in
Education Program provides grants to consortia that are working to
improve and expand new applications of technology to strengthen the
school reform effort, improve student achievement, and provide
sustained professional development of teachers, administrators, and
school library media personnel.
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Only consortia may receive grants under
this program. Consortia shall include at least one local
educational agency (LEA) with a high percentage or number of
children living below the poverty line. They may also include
other local educational agencies, State educational agencies,
institutions of higher education, businesses, academic content
experts, software designers, museums, libraries, and other
appropriate entities.
NOTE: In each consortium a participating LEA shall submit the
application on behalf of the consortium and serve as the fiscal
agent for the grant.
ESTIMATED RANGE OF AWARDS: $500,000 to $2,000,000 per year
NOTE: The Department of Education is not bound by any
estimates in this notice. The Department is currently operating
under the terms of a Continuing Resolution for fiscal year (FY)
1996. That Continuing Resolution does not make funds available for
this competition. The Secretary anticipates, however, that the
final appropriation for FY 1996 will include approximately $23
million for this competition. The actual amount available will be
determined by final congressional action on April 24, 1996, or
later. The award of grants pursuant to this competition will
depend upon the availability of funds.
MAXIMUM AWARD: The Secretary does not consider an application
that proposes a budget exceeding $2,000,000 for one or more 12-
month budget periods.
APPLICABLE REGULATIONS: The Education Department General
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR Parts 74, 75 (except
34 CFR 75.102(b), 75.200(b)(3), 75.210, and 75.217), 77, 79, 80,
81, 82, and 85.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS: The requirements in the notice of
selection criteria, selection procedures, and application
procedures published in this issue of the FEDERAL REGISTER.

The Challenge Grants for Technology in Education Program is
authorized under Title III, section 3136, of the Elementary and
Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 U.S.C. 6846). This
FY 1996 competition supports the second round of grants under this
As catalysts for change, grants under this program will
support communities of educators, parents, industry partners, and
others who are working to transform their schools into information-
age learning centers. These challenge grants will support the
development and innovative use of technology and new learning
content in specific communities. Each effort should clearly focus
on integrating innovative learning technologies into the curriculum
to improve learning productivity in the community.
The Secretary believes that the information superhighway is
creating new possibilities for extending the time, the place, and
the resources for learning. Challenge grant communities can use it
to develop first-class learning environments that provide
affordable access to quality education and training. Especially
promising possibilities are anticipated from a creative synthesis
of ideas generated by educators and software developers,
telecommunications firms and hardware manufacturers, entertainment
producers, and others who are extending the possibilities for
creating new learning communities.
Challenge grant communities need not be limited by geography.
The information superhighway can be used to create virtual learning
communities linking schools, colleges, libraries, museums, and
businesses across the country or around the world. Students of all
ages, no matter where they live, could tap vast electronic
libraries and museums containing text and video images, music, art,
and language instruction. They could work with scientists and
scholars around the globe who can help them use mapping tools,
primary historical documents, or laboratory experiments to develop
strong research and problem solving skills.
The Secretary encourages each community to view this
competition as an opportunity to act on its most ambitious vision
for education reform. It is essential, however, to guard against a
future in which some communities have access to vast technological
resources, while others do not. Low-income neighborhoods and other
areas with the greatest need for technology should not be left
behind in the acquisition of knowledge and skills needed for
productive citizenship in the 21st century. A failure to include
those communities will put their future, and the future of the
country, at risk. For this reason, the Secretary gives special
consideration to applications from consortia which are developing
effective responses to the learning technology needs of areas with
a high number or percentage of disadvantaged students or the
greatest need for educational technology.

The statute authorizes the use of funds for activities similar
to the following activities:
(a) Developing, adapting, or expanding existing and new
applications of technology to support the school reform effort.
(b) Funding projects of sufficient size and scope to improve
student learning and, as appropriate, support professional
development, and provide administrative support.
(c) Acquiring connectivity linkages, resources, and services,
including the acquisition of hardware and software, for use by
teachers, students, and school library media personnel in the
classroom or in school library media centers, in order to improve
student learning by supporting the instructional program offered by
such agency to ensure that students in schools will have meaningful
access on a regular basis to such linkages, resources, and
(d) Providing ongoing professional development in the
integration of quality educational technologies into school
curriculum and long-term planning for implementing educational
(e) Acquiring connectivity with wide area networks for
purposes of accessing information and educational programming
sources, particularly with institutions of higher education and
public libraries.
(f) Providing educational services for adults and families.

NOTE: Section 14503 of the Elementary and Secondary Education
Act of 1965, as amended, (20 U.S.C. 8893) is applicable to the
Challenge Grant Program. Section 14503 requires that an LEA, SEA,
or educational service agency receiving financial assistance under
this program must provide private school children and teachers, on
an equitable basis, special educational services or other program
benefits under this program. The section further requires SEAs,
LEAs, and educational service agencies to consult with private
school officials during the design and development of the Challenge
Grant projects. Each application should describe the ways in which
the proposed project will address the needs of private school
children and teachers.

In evaluating applications for grants under this program
competition, the Secretary uses the following unweighted selection
criteria, as described in the notice of selection criteria,
selection procedures, and application procedures for this program
published elsewhere in this issue of the FEDERAL REGISTER and
repeated below:
(a) Significance. The Secretary reviews each proposed
project for its significance by determining the extent to which the
(1) Offers a creative, new vision for using technology to
help all students learn to challenging standards or to promote
efficiency and effectiveness in education; and contributes to the
advancement of State and local systemic educational reform;
(2) Will achieve far-reaching impact through results,
products, or benefits that are easily exportable to other settings
and communities;
(3) Will directly benefit students by integrating acquired
technologies into the curriculum to enhance teaching, training, and
student achievement or by other means;
(4) Will ensure ongoing, intensive professional development
for teachers and other personnel to further the use of technology
in the classroom, library, or other learning center;
(5) Is designed to serve areas with a high number or
percentage of disadvantaged students or other areas with the
greatest need for educational technology; and
(6) Is designed to create new learning communities, and
expanded markets for high-quality educational technology
applications and services.
(b) Feasibility. The Secretary reviews each proposed project
for its feasibility by determining the extent to which--
(1) The project will ensure successful, effective, and
efficient uses of technologies for educational reform that will be
sustainable beyond the period of the grant;
(2) The members of the consortia or other appropriate
entities will contribute substantial financial and other resources
to achieve the goals of the project; and
(3) The applicant is capable of carrying out the project, as
evidenced by the extent to which the project will meet the problems
identified; the quality of the project design, including
objectives, approaches, evaluation plan, and dissemination plan;
the adequacy of resources, including money, personnel, facilities,
equipment, and supplies; the qualifications of key personnel who
would conduct the project; and the applicant's prior experience
relevant to the objectives of the project.

In order to ensure timely receipt and processing of
applications, the Secretary requires that an application must be
received on or before the deadline date announced in this
application notice. The Secretary will not consider an application
for funding if it is not received by the deadline date unless the
applicant can show proof that the application was (1) sent by
registered or certified mail not later than five days before the
deadline date; or (2) sent by commercial carrier not later than two
days before the deadline date. An applicant must show proof of
mailing in accordance with 34 CFR 75.102(d) and (e). Applications
delivered by hand must be received by 2:00 p.m. (Washington, D.C.
time) on the deadline date. For the purposes of this program
competition, the Secretary does not apply 34 CFR 75.102(b) which
requires an application to be mailed, rather than received, by the
deadline date.

Prospective applicants may access a summary of questions and
answers about the competition from the Department of Education's
On-Line Library by using the Department's WWW Server at URL or by using the Internet Gopher Server at
GOPHER.ED.GOV (under Announcements, Bulletins, and Press Releases).
For additional help accessing the On-Line Library, call 1-800-USA-
LEARN (1-800-872-5327). To receive a hard copy of the summary, fax
requests to (202) 708-6003 or call (202) 708-6001.

LEARN (1-800-872-5327) for applications. For information contact
Challenge Grants for Technology in Education, U.S. Department of
Education, Washington, D.C. 20202-5544. Individuals may fax
requests for applications. Fax (202) 708-6003. Individuals who
use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the
Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between
the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday
of each week except Federal holidays.

Information about the Department's funding opportunities,
including copies of the application notices for discretionary grant
competitions, can be viewed on the Department's electronic bulletin
board (ED Board), telephone (202) 260-9950; or on the Internet
Gopher Server at GOPHER.ED.GOV (under Announcements, Bulletins, and
Press Releases). However, the official application notice for a
discretionary grant competition is the notice published in the


Sharon P. Robinson,
Assistant Secretary for
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