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Thursday,

December 21, 2006

Part VI

Department of
Education
Notice Inviting Applications for New
Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007; Notice
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION to evaluate the effects of charter schools, charter, and is meeting or exceeding the
including their effects on students, student academic achievement
Office of Innovation and Improvement; student academic achievement, staff, requirements and goals for charter
Overview Information; Charter School and parents. The Secretary awards schools as provided under State law or
Program (CSP); Notice Inviting grants to SEAs to enable them to the school’s charter.
Applications for New Awards for Fiscal conduct charter school programs in Priority 3—Number of High-Quality
Year (FY) 2007 their States. SEAs use their CSP funds Charter Schools (10 points). The State
to award subgrants to non-SEA eligible has demonstrated progress in increasing
Catalog of Federal Domestic
applicants for planning, program design, the number of high-quality charter
Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.282A.
and initial implementation of a charter schools that are held accountable in the
DATES: Applications Available: school, and to support the terms of the schools’ charters for
December 21, 2006. dissemination of information about, meeting clear and measurable objectives
Deadline for Transmittal of including information on successful for the educational progress of the
Applications: February 16, 2007. practices in, charter schools. students attending the schools, in the
Deadline for Intergovernmental Priorities: This competition includes period prior to the period for which an
Review: April 17, 2007. five competitive preference priorities. In SEA applies for a grant under this
Eligible Applicants: State educational accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(1) competition.
agencies (SEAs) in States with a State and 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv), priority 1 is Priority 4—One Authorized Public
statute specifically authorizing the from the notice of final priorities for Chartering Agency Other than a Local
establishment of charter schools. discretionary grant programs, published Educational Agency (LEA), or an
Note: Non-SEA eligible applicants in states in the Federal Register on October 11, Appeals Process (10 points). The State—
in which the SEA elects not to participate in 2006 (71 FR 60046), and priorities 2 (a) Provides for one authorized public
or does not have an application approved through 5 are from section 5202(e) of the chartering agency that is not an LEA,
under the CSP may apply for funding directly Elementary and Secondary Education such as a State chartering board, for
from the Department. The Department plans Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the
to hold a separate competition for non-SEA
each individual or entity seeking to
eligible applicants under CFDA Nos. 84.282B
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 operate a charter school pursuant to
and 84.282C. (NCLB), 20 U.S.C. 7221a(e). State law; or
Competitive Preference Priorities: For (b) In the case of a State in which
Estimated Available Funds: The FY 2007 these priorities are competitive LEAs are the only authorized public
Administration has requested preference priorities. Under 34 CFR chartering agencies, allows for an
$72,000,000 for new awards under this 75.105(c)(2)(i) we give preference to and appeals process for the denial of an
program for FY 2007. The actual level will award up to an additional fifty (50) application for a charter school.
of funding, if any, depends on final points to an application, depending on Priority 5—High Degree of Autonomy
Congressional action. However, we are how well the application meets these (10 points). The State ensures that each
inviting applications to allow enough priorities. In order to receive preference, charter school has a high degree of
time to complete the grant process in a an applicant must identify the priorities autonomy over the charter school’s
timely manner, if Congress appropriates that it believes it meets and provide budgets and expenditures.
funds for this program. documentation supporting its claims. In Note: In responding to each of the
Estimated Range of Awards: order to receive points for priority 2 or competitive preference priorities, the
$500,000–$20,000,000 per year. to receive points for priorities 3 through Secretary encourages applicants to provide
Estimated Average Size of Awards: 5, an application must meet priority 2 documentation, including citations and
$5,000,000 per year. and must meet one or more of priorities examples from their State’s charter school
Estimated Number of Awards: 10–12. 3 through 5. law.
Note: The Department is not bound by any An SEA that meets priority 2 but does Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7221–
estimates in this notice. not meet one or more of priorities 3 7221j.
Project Period: Up to three years. through 5 will not receive any points for Applicable Regulations: (a) The
priorities 2 through 5. Education Department General
Note: Planning and implementation An SEA that does not meet priority 2 Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in
subgrants awarded by an SEA to non-SEA but meets one or more of priorities 3 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 76, 77, 79, 80, 81,
eligible applicants will be awarded for a through 5 will not receive any points for 82, 84, 85, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The notice
period of up to three years, no more than 18 priorities 2 through 5. of final priorities for discretionary grant
months of which may be used for planning These priorities are:
and program design and no more than two
programs published in the Federal
Priority 1—Secondary Schools (10 Register on October 11, 2006 (71 FR
years of which may be used for the initial
points). Projects that support activities 60046).
implementation of a charter school.
Dissemination subgrants are awarded for a and interventions aimed at improving
the academic achievement of secondary II. Award Information
period of up to two years.
school students who are at greatest risk Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
Full Text of Announcement of not meeting challenging State Estimated Available Funds: The
academic standards and not completing Administration has requested
I. Funding Opportunity Description high school. $72,000,000 for new awards under this
Purpose of Program: The purpose of Priority 2—Periodic Review and program for FY 2007. The actual level
the CSP is to increase national Evaluation (10 points). The State of funding, if any, depends on final
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understanding of the charter school provides for periodic review and Congressional action. However, we are
model and to expand the number of evaluation by the authorized public inviting applications to allow enough
high-quality charter schools available to chartering agency of each charter school time to complete the grant process in a
students across the Nation by providing at least once every five years, unless timely manner, if Congress appropriates
financial assistance for the planning, required more frequently by State law, funds for this program.
program design, and initial to determine whether the charter school Estimated Range of Awards:
implementation of charter schools, and is meeting the terms of the school’s $500,000–$20,000,000 per year.

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Estimated Average Size of Awards: • Double space (no more than three educational results and of the methods
$5,000,000 per year. lines per vertical inch) all text in the for measuring progress toward achieving
Estimated Number of Awards: 10–12. application narrative, including titles, those results; and (ii) professional
Note: The Department is not bound by any headings, footnotes, quotations, development of teachers and other staff
estimates in this notice. references, and captions, as well as all who will work in the charter school;
Project Period: Up to three years. text in charts, tables, figures, and and
graphs. (b) Initial implementation of the
Note: Planning and implementation • Use a font that is either 12 point or charter school, which may include (i)
subgrants awarded by an SEA to non-SEA larger or no smaller than 10 pitch Informing the community about the
eligible applicants will be awarded for a
(characters per inch). school; (ii) acquiring necessary
period of up to three years, no more than 18
months of which may be used for planning The suggested page limit does not equipment and educational materials
and program design and no more than two apply to Part I, the cover sheet; Part II, and supplies; (iii) acquiring or
years of which may be used for the initial the budget section, including the developing curriculum materials; and
implementation of a charter school. narrative budget justification; Part IV, (iv) other initial operational costs that
Dissemination subgrants are awarded for a the assurances and certifications; or the cannot be met from State or local
period of up to two years. one-page abstract, the resumes, the sources.
bibliography, or the letters of support. Use of Funds for Dissemination
III. Eligibility Information However, you must include all of the Activities. An SEA may reserve not
1. Eligible Applicants: SEAs in States application narrative in Part III. more than 10 percent of its grant funds
with a State statute specifically 3. Submission Dates and Times: to support dissemination activities. A
authorizing the establishment of charter Applications Available: December 21, charter school may use those funds to
schools. 2006. Deadline for Transmittal of assist other schools in adapting the
Applications: February 16, 2007. charter school’s program (or certain
Note: Non-SEA eligible applicants in States
in which the SEA elects not to participate in
Applications for grants under this aspects of the charter school’s program)
or does not have an application approved competition must be submitted or to disseminate information about the
under the CSP may apply for funding directly electronically using the Grants.gov charter school through such activities
from the Department. The Department plans Apply site (Grants.gov). For information as—
to hold a separate competition for non-SEA (including dates and times) about how (a) Assisting other individuals with
eligible applicants under CFDA Nos. 84.282B to submit your application the planning and start-up of one or more
and 84.282C. electronically, or by mail or hand new public schools, including charter
2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This delivery if you qualify for an exception schools, that are independent of the
competition does not involve cost to the electronic submission assisting charter school and the assisting
sharing or matching. requirement, please refer to section IV.6. charter school’s developers and that
Other Submission Requirements in this agree to be held to at least as high a level
IV. Application and Submission notice. of accountability as the assisting charter
Information We do not consider an application school;
1. Address to Request Application that does not comply with the deadline (b) Developing partnerships with
Package: Dean Kern, U.S. Department of requirements. We do not consider an other public schools, including charter
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., application that does not address the schools, designed to improve student
room 4W227, FB6, Washington, DC application requirements, selection academic achievement in each of the
20202–5970. Telephone: (202) 260–1882 criteria, and other required information schools participating in the partnership;
or by e-mail: dean.kern@ed.gov. outlined in the application package. (c) Developing curriculum materials,
If you use a telecommunications Individuals with disabilities who assessments, and other materials that
device for the deaf (TDD), you may call need an accommodation or auxiliary aid promote increased student achievement
the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1– in connection with the application and are based on successful practices
800–877–8339. process should contact the person listed within the assisting charter school; and
Individuals with disabilities may under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION (d) Conducting evaluations and
obtain a copy of the application package CONTACT. developing materials that document the
in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, Deadline for Intergovernmental successful practices of the assisting
large print, audiotape, or computer Review: April 17, 2007. charter school and that are designed to
diskette) by contacting the program 4. Intergovernmental Review: This improve student achievement.
contact person listed in this section. competition is subject to Executive Award Basis. In determining whether
2. Content and Form of Application Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 to approve a grant award and the
Submission: Requirements concerning CFR part 79. Information about amount of such award, the Department
the content of an application, together Intergovernmental Review of Federal will consider, among other things, the
with the forms you must submit, are in Programs under Executive Order 12372 amount of any carryover funds the
the application package for this is in the application package for this applicant has under an existing grant
competition. competition. under the program.
Page Limit: The application narrative 5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining
(Part III of the application) is where you, Use of Funds for Post-Award Planning additional funding restrictions in the
the applicant, address the selection and Design of the Educational Program Applicable Regulations section of this
criteria that reviewers use to evaluate and Initial Implementation of the notice.
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your application. The Secretary strongly Charter School. A non-SEA eligible 6. Other Submission Requirements.
encourages applicants to limit Part III to applicant receiving a subgrant under Applications for grants under this
the equivalent of no more than 60 pages, this program may use the subgrant competition must be submitted
using the following standards: funds only for— electronically unless you qualify for an
• A ‘‘page’’ is 8.5″ x 11″, on one side (a) Post-award planning and design of exception to this requirement in
only, with 1″ margins at the top, bottom, the educational program, which may accordance with the instructions in this
and both sides. include (i) Refinement of the desired section.

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a. Electronic Submission of Therefore, we strongly recommend that a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text), or
Applications. you do not wait until the application .PDF (Portable Document) format. If you
Applications for grants under the deadline date to begin the submission upload a file type other than the three
Charter School Program, CFDA Number process through Grants.gov. file types specified in this paragraph or
84.282A must be submitted • You should review and follow the submit a password-protected file, we
electronically using the Education Submission Procedures for will not review that material.
Governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site submitting an application through • Your electronic application must
at http://www.Grants.gov. Through this Grants.gov that are included in the comply with any page-limit
site, you will be able to download a application package for this program to requirements described in this notice.
copy of the application package, ensure that you submit your application • After you electronically submit
complete it offline, and then upload and in a timely manner to the Grants.gov your application, you will receive from
submit your application. You may not e- system. You can also find the Education Grants.gov an automatic notification of
mail an electronic copy of a grant Submission Procedures pertaining to receipt that contains a Grants.gov
application to us. Grants.gov at http://e-Grants.ed.gov/ tracking number. (This notification
We will reject your application if you help/ indicates receipt by Grants.gov only, not
submit it in paper format unless, as GrantsgovSubmissionProcedures.pdf. receipt by the Department.) The
described elsewhere in this section, you • To submit your application via Department then will retrieve your
qualify for one of the exceptions to the Grants.gov, you must complete all steps application from Grants.gov and send a
electronic submission requirement and in the Grants.gov registration process second notification to you by e-mail.
submit, no later than two weeks before (see http://www.grants.gov/applicants/ This second notification indicates that
the application deadline date, a written get_registered.jsp). These steps include the Department has received your
statement to the Department that you (1) Registering your organization, a application and has assigned your
qualify for one of these exceptions. multi-part process that includes application a PR/Award number (an ED-
Further information regarding registration with the Central Contractor specified identifying number unique to
calculation of the date that is two weeks Registry (CCR); (2) registering yourself your application).
before the application deadline date is as an Authorized Organization • We may request that you provide us
provided later in this section under Representative (AOR); and (3) getting original signatures on forms at a later
Exception to Electronic Submission authorized as an AOR by your date. Application Deadline Date
Requirement. organization. Details on these steps are Extension in Case of Technical Issues
You may access the electronic grant outlined in the Grants.gov 3-Step with the Grants.gov System: If you are
application for the Charter School Registration Guide (see http:// experiencing problems submitting your
Program at http://www.Grants.gov. You www.grants.gov/section910/ application through Grants.gov, please
must search for the downloadable Grants.govRegistrationBrochure.pdf). contact the Grants.gov Support Desk at
application package for this program or You also must provide on your 1–800–518–4726. You must obtain a
competition by the CFDA number. Do application the same D-U-N-S Number Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number
not include the CFDA number’s alpha used with this registration. Please note and must keep a record of it.
suffix in your search (e.g., search for that the registration process may take If you are prevented from
84.282, not 84.282A). five or more business days to complete, electronically submitting your
Please note the following: and you must have completed all application on the application deadline
• When you enter the Grants.gov site, registration steps to allow you to submit date because of technical problems with
you will find information about successfully an application via the Grants.gov system, we will grant you
submitting an application electronically Grants.gov. In addition you will need to an extension until 4:30 p.m.,
through the site, as well as the hours of update your CCR registration on an Washington, DC time, the following
operation. annual basis. This may take three or business day to enable you to transmit
• Applications received by Grants.gov more business days to complete. your application electronically or by
are date and time stamped. Your • You will not receive additional hand delivery. You also may mail your
application must be fully uploaded and point value because you submit your application by following the mailing
submitted, and must be date and time application in electronic format, nor instructions described elsewhere in this
stamped by the Grants.gov system no will we penalize you if you qualify for notice.
later than 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC an exception to the electronic If you submit an application after 4:30
time, on the application deadline date. submission requirement, as described p.m., Washington, DC time, on the
Except as otherwise noted in this elsewhere in this section, and submit application deadline date, please
section, we will not consider your your application in paper format. contact the person listed elsewhere in
application if it is date and time • You must submit all documents this notice under FOR FURTHER
stamped by the Grants.gov system later electronically, including all information INFORMATION CONTACT and provide an
than 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on you typically provide on the following explanation of the technical problem
the application deadline date. When we forms: Application for Federal you experienced with Grants.gov, along
retrieve your application from Assistance (SF 424), the Department of with the Grants.gov Support Desk Case
Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are Education Supplemental Information for Number. We will accept your
rejecting your application because it SF 424, Budget Information—Non- application if we can confirm that a
was date and time stamped by the Construction Programs (ED 524), and all technical problem occurred with the
Grants.gov system after 4:30 p.m., necessary assurances and certifications. Grants.gov system and that that problem
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Washington, DC time, on the Please note that two of these forms—the affected your ability to submit your
application deadline date. SF 424 and the Department of Education application by 4:30 p.m., Washington,
• The amount of time it can take to Supplemental Information for SF 424— DC time, on the application deadline
upload an application will vary have replaced the ED 424 (Application date. The Department will contact you
depending on a variety of factors for Federal Education Assistance). after a determination is made on
including the size of the application and You must attach any narrative whether your application will be
the speed of your Internet connection. sections of your application as files in accepted.

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Note: The extensions to which we refer in By mail through a commercial carrier: V. Application Review Information
this section apply only to the unavailability U.S. Department of Education,
of, or technical problems with, the Grants.gov Applicants applying for CSP grant
Application Control Center, Stop 4260, funds must address both the statutory
system. We will not grant you an extension Attention: (CFDA Number 84.282A),
if you failed to fully register to submit your application requirements and the
application to Grants.gov before the
7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD selection criteria described in the
application deadline date and time or if the 20785–1506. following paragraphs. An applicant may
technical problem you experienced is Regardless of which address you use,
choose to respond to these application
unrelated to the Grants.gov system. you must show proof of mailing
requirements in the context of its
consisting of one of the following:
Exception to Electronic Submission responses to the selection criteria.
(1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service
Requirement: You qualify for an (a) Application Requirements. (i)
postmark.
exception to the electronic submission (2) A legible mail receipt with the Describe the objectives of the SEA’s
requirement, and may submit your date of mailing stamped by the U.S. charter school grant program and
application in paper format, if you are Postal Service. describe how these objectives will be
unable to submit an application through (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or fulfilled, including steps taken by the
the Grants.gov system because— receipt from a commercial carrier. SEA to inform teachers, parents, and
• You do not have access to the (4) Any other proof of mailing communities of the SEA’s charter school
Internet; or acceptable to the Secretary of the U.S. grant program;
• You do not have the capacity to Department of Education. (ii) Describe how the SEA will inform
upload large documents to the If you mail your application through each charter school in the State about
Grants.gov system; and the U.S. Postal Service, we do not Federal funds the charter school is
• No later than two weeks before the accept either of the following as proof eligible to receive and Federal programs
application deadline date (14 calendar of mailing: in which the charter school may
days or, if the fourteenth calendar day (1) A private metered postmark. participate;
before the application deadline date (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by (iii) Describe how the SEA will ensure
falls on a Federal holiday, the next the U.S. Postal Service. that each charter school in the State
business day following the Federal If your application is postmarked after receives the school’s commensurate
holiday), you mail or fax a written the application deadline date, we will share of Federal education funds that
statement to the Department, explaining not consider your application. are allocated by formula each year,
which of the two grounds for an Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not including during the first year of
exception prevent you from using the uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before operation of the school and a year in
Internet to submit your application. relying on this method, you should check which the school’s enrollment expands
If you mail your written statement to with your local post office. significantly;
the Department, it must be postmarked c. Submission of Paper Applications (iv) Describe how the SEA will
no later than two weeks before the by Hand Delivery. disseminate best or promising practices
application deadline date. If you fax If you qualify for an exception to the of charter schools to each local
your written statement to the electronic submission requirement, you educational agency (LEA) in the State;
Department, we must receive the faxed (or a courier service) may deliver your (v) If an SEA elects to reserve part of
statement no later than two weeks paper application to the Department by its grant funds (no more than 10
before the application deadline date. hand. You must deliver the original and percent) for the establishment of a
Address and mail or fax your two copies of your application by hand, revolving loan fund, describe how the
statement to: Dean Kern, U.S. on or before the application deadline revolving loan fund would operate;
Department of Education, 400 Maryland date, to the Department at the following (vi) If an SEA desires the Secretary to
Avenue, SW., room 4W227, FB6, address: U.S. Department of Education, consider waivers under the authority of
Washington, DC 20202–5970. FAX: Application Control Center, Attention: the CSP, include a request and
(202) 205–5630. (CFDA Number 84.282A), 550 12th justification for any waiver of statutory
Your paper application must be Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center or regulatory provisions that the SEA
submitted in accordance with the mail Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–4260. believes is necessary for the successful
or hand delivery instructions described The Application Control Center operation of charter schools in the State;
in this notice. accepts hand deliveries daily between 8 and
b. Submission of Paper Applications a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC (vii) Describe how charter schools that
by Mail. time, except Saturdays, Sundays, and are considered to be LEAs under State
If you qualify for an exception to the Federal holidays. law and LEAs in which charter schools
electronic submission requirement, you are located will comply with sections
may mail (through the U.S. Postal Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper 613(a)(5) and 613(e)(1)(B) of the
Applications: If you mail or hand deliver
Service or a commercial carrier) your your application to the Department—
Individuals with Disabilities Education
application to the Department. You (1) You must indicate on the envelope Act.
must mail the original and two copies and—if not provided by the Department—in (b) Selection Criteria. The following
of your application, on or before the Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number, selection criteria are from the
application deadline date, to the including suffix letter, if any, of the authorizing statute for this program and
Department at the applicable following competition under which you are submitting 34 CFR 75.210 of EDGAR.
address: your application; and SEAs that propose to use a portion of
(2) The Application Control Center will
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By mail through the U.S. Postal their grant funds for dissemination
mail to you a notification of receipt of your activities must address each selection
Service: U.S. Department of Education,
grant application. If you do not receive this
Application Control Center, Attention: notification within 15 business days from the
criterion (i) through (vi) individually
(CFDA Number 84.282A), 400 Maryland application deadline date, you should call and title each accordingly. SEAs that do
Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202– the U.S. Department of Education not propose to use a portion of their
4260. Application Control Center at (202) 245– grant funds for dissemination activities
or 6288. must address selection criteria (i)

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through (iv) and (vi), and need not are allocated by formula each year, the individual and/or organization that has
address selection criterion (v). SEAs that including during the first year of agreed to serve as evaluator for the project
do not address criterion (v) because they operation of the school and during a and describe the qualifications of that
evaluator. The plan should describe the
are not proposing to use a portion of year in which the school’s enrollment
evaluation design, indicating: (1) What types
their grant funds for dissemination expands significantly. of data will be collected; (2) when various
activities will not be penalized. (iv) The quality of the management types of data will be collected; (3) what
The maximum possible score is 150 plan for the proposed project. In methods will be used; (4) what instruments
points for SEAs that do not propose to determining the quality of the will be developed and when; (5) how the
use grant funds to support management plan for the proposed data will be analyzed; (6) when reports of
dissemination activities and 180 points project, the Secretary considers the results and outcomes will be available; and
for SEAs that propose to use grant funds adequacy of the management plan to (7) how the applicant will use the
to support dissemination activities. achieve the objectives of the proposed information collected through the evaluation
The maximum possible score for each project on time and within budget, to monitor progress of the funded project and
criterion is indicated in parentheses to provide accountability information both
including clearly defined
about success at the initial site and effective
following the criterion. responsibilities, timelines, and strategies for replication in other settings.
In evaluating an application, the milestones for accomplishing project Applicants are encouraged to devote an
Secretary considers the following tasks (30 points). appropriate level of resources to project
criteria: evaluation.
(i) The contribution the charter Note: In addition to describing the
schools grant program will make in proposed objectives of the SEA charter
school grant program and how these VI. Award Administration Information
assisting educationally disadvantaged objectives will be fulfilled, the Secretary
and other students to achieve State 1. Award Notices: If your application
encourages applicants to provide is successful, we will notify your U.S.
academic content standards and State descriptions of the steps to be taken by the
student academic achievement SEA to award subgrant funds to eligible
Representative and U.S. Senators and
standards (30 points). applicants desiring to receive these funds, send you a Grant Award Notification
including descriptions of the peer review (GAN). We may also notify you
Note: The Secretary encourages applicants process the SEA will use to review informally.
to provide a description of the objectives for applications for assistance, the timelines for If your application is not evaluated or
the SEA’s charter school grant program and awarding such funds, and how the SEA will not selected for funding, we notify you.
how these objectives will be fulfilled, assess the quality of the applications. 2. Administrative and National Policy
including steps taken by the SEA to inform
teachers, parents, and communities of the (v) In the case of SEAs that propose Requirements: We identify
SEA’s charter school grant program and how to use grant funds to support administrative and national policy
the SEA will disseminate best or promising dissemination activities under section requirements in the application package
practices of charter schools to each LEA in 5204(f)(6) of the ESEA, the quality of the and reference these and other
the State. requirements in the Applicable
dissemination activities (15 points) and
(ii) The degree of flexibility afforded the likelihood that those activities will Regulations section of this notice.
improve student academic achievement We reference the regulations outlining
by the SEA to charter schools under the
(15 points). the terms and conditions of an award in
State’s charter school law (30 points).
the Applicable Regulations section of
Note: The Secretary encourages the Note: The Secretary encourages applicants this notice and include these and other
applicant to include a description of how the to describe the steps to be taken by the SEA specific conditions in the GAN. The
State’s law establishes an administrative to award these funds to eligible applicants, GAN also incorporates your approved
relationship between the charter school and including descriptions of the peer review
process the SEA will use to review
application as part of your binding
the authorized public chartering agency and
exempts charter schools from significant applications for dissemination, the timelines commitments under the grant.
State or local rules that inhibit the flexible for awarding such funds, and how the SEA 3. Reporting: At the end of your
operation and management of public schools. will assess the quality of the applications. project period, you must submit a final
performance report, including financial
The Secretary also encourages the (vi) The Secretary considers the information, as directed by the
applicant to include a description of the quality of the evaluation to be Secretary. If you receive a multi-year
degree of autonomy charter schools conducted of the proposed project. In award, you must submit an annual
have achieved over such matters as the determining the quality of the performance report that provides the
charter school’s budget, expenditures, evaluation, the Secretary considers the most current performance and financial
daily operation, and personnel in extent to which the methods of expenditure information as specified by
accordance with their State’s law. evaluation include the use of objective
(iii) The number of high-quality the Secretary in 34 CFR 75.118. For
performance measures that are clearly specific requirements on grantee
charter schools to be created in the State related to the intended outcomes of the
(30 points). reporting, please go to the ED
project and will produce quantitative Performance Report Form 524B at
Note: The Secretary considers the SEA’s and qualitative data to the extent http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/
reasonable estimate of the number of new possible (30 points). appforms/appforms.html.
charter schools to be authorized and opened 4. Performance Measures: The goal of
Note: A strong evaluation plan should be
in the State during the three year period of included in the application narrative and the CSP is to support the creation and
this grant. should be used, as appropriate, to shape the development of a large number of high-
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The Secretary also considers how the development of the project from the quality charter schools that are free from
SEA will inform each charter school in beginning of the grant period. The plan State or local rules that inhibit flexible
should include benchmarks to monitor
the State about Federal funds the charter progress toward specific project objectives
operation, are held accountable for
school is eligible to receive and ensure and also outcome measures to assess the enabling students to reach challenging
that each charter school in the State impact on teaching and learning or other State performance standards, and are
receives the school’s commensurate important outcomes for project participants. open to all students. The Secretary has
share of Federal education funds that More specifically, the plan should identify set three performance indicators to

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measure this goal: (1) The number of VII. Agency Contact Format (PDF) on the Internet at the
States, including the District of following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Columbia and Puerto Rico, with charter fedregister.
Dean Kern, U.S. Department of
school laws, (2) The number of charter Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., To use PDF you must have Adobe
schools in operation around the Nation, room 4W227, FB6, Washington, DC Acrobat Reader, which is available free
and (3) The percentage of charter school 20202–5961. Telephone: (202) 260–1882 at this site. If you have questions about
students who are achieving at or above or by e-mail: dean.kern@ed.gov. using PDF, call the U.S. Government
the proficient level on State If you use a telecommunications Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1–
examinations in mathematics and device for the deaf (TDD), you may call 888–293–6498; or in the Washington,
reading. Additionally, the Secretary has the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1– DC, area at (202) 512–1530.
established the following measure to 800–877–8339. Note: The official version of this document
examine the efficiency of the CSP: Individuals with disabilities may is the document published in the Federal
Federal cost per student in obtain this document in an alternative Register. Free Internet access to the official
implementing a successful school format (e.g., Braille, large print, edition of the Federal Register and the Code
(defined as a school in operation for audiotape, or computer diskette) on of Federal Regulations is available on GPO
request to the program contact person Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/
three or more years). index.html.
listed in this section.
All grantees will be expected to
submit an annual performance report VIII. Other Information Dated: December 18, 2006.
documenting their contribution in Electronic Access to This Document: Morgan S. Brown,
assisting the Department in meeting You may view this document, as well as Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of
these performance measures. all other documents of this Department Innovation and Improvement.
published in the Federal Register, in [FR Doc. E6–21842 Filed 12–20–06; 8:45 am]
text or Adobe Portable Document BILLING CODE 4000–01–P
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