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Wednesday,

May 3, 2000

Part III

Department of
Education
Office of Education Research and
Improvement; Ready-To-Learn (RTL)
Television Program; Notice Inviting
Applications for New Awards for Fiscal
Year (FY) 2000; Notice

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25816 Federal Register / Vol. 65, No. 86 / Wednesday, May 3, 2000 / Notices

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION references, and captions, as well as all in order to provide on-going training,
text in charts, tables, figures, and using state-of-the-art methods,
[CFDA No. 84.295A] graphs. including: on-line training, distance
Office of Educational Research and • Use a font that is either 12-point or learning, and face-to-face education and
Improvement; Ready-To-Learn (RTL) larger or no smaller than 10 pitch professional development, with an
Television Program; Notice Inviting (characters per inch). emphasis on developing strategies and
Applications for New Awards for Fiscal The page limit does not apply to Part materials for reaching diverse
Year (FY) 2000 I, the cover sheet; Part II, the budget populations of children and families.
section, including the narrative budget (4) Establish performance indicators
Purpose of Program: The Ready-To- justification; Part IV, the assurances and to determine Ready-To-Learn’s impact
Learn Television program supports the certifications; or the one-page abstract, on children and families.
development of: (1) Educational the resumes, the bibliography, or the (5) Establish performance indicators
programming for preschool and early letters of support. However, you must to measure the impact of training and
elementary school children and their include all of the application narrative education on Ready-To-Learn
families; (2) educational television in Part III. coordinators and station representatives,
programming and ancillary materials to If, to meet the page limit, you use including improving their knowledge,
increase school readiness for young more than one side of the page, you use skills, and competencies related to early
children in limited-English proficient a larger page, or you use a print size, childhood development and learning
households and to increase family spacing, or margins smaller than the and parenting education.
literacy; and (3) accompanying support standards in this notice, we will reject (6) Develop a management
materials and services that promote the your application. information system for collecting data
effective use of educational Applicable Regulations: The from all participating Ready-to-Learn
programming. Education Department General Television stations and establish criteria
For FY 2000 the competition for new Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in for measuring the effectiveness of local
awards focuses on projects designed to 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 80, 81, 82, 85, workshops.
meet the priority we describe in the 86, 97, 98, and 99. (7) Convene an annual conference for
PRIORITY section of this application Priority the Ready-to-Learn Television
notice. coordinators and station representatives,
Eligible Applicants: Non-profit Absolute Priority including community partners.
organizations, including public The Secretary gives an absolute (8) Establish a National Advisory
telecommunication entities, able to preference to applications that meet the Board for Ready-To-Learn Television.
demonstrate a capacity (1) To develop criteria in the next paragraph. The
and distribute educational and Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking
Secretary funds under this competition
instructional television programming of only an application that meets this In accordance with the
high quality for preschool and absolute priority (34 CFR 75.105(c)(3)). Administrative Procedure Act, (5 U.S.C.
elementary school children; and (2) to The Secretary will only fund an 553), it is the practice of the Department
contract with the producers of application that documents how the to offer interested parties the
children’s television programming for proposed project will— opportunity to comment on proposed
the purpose of developing educational (1) Collaborate with Head Start priorities that are not taken directly
television programming of high quality Centers and family based child care from the statute. Ordinarily, this
for preschool and elementary school organizations, public school pre- practice would have applied to the
children. kindergarten programs, and Even Start priority in this notice. Section 437(d)(1)
Deadline for the Transmittal of Family Literacy Programs; of the General Education Provisions Act
Applications: June 5, 2000. (2) Work with after-school programs (GEPA), however, exempts rules that
Estimated Available Funds: $16 funded under the 21st Century apply to the first competition under a
Million. Community Learning Centers; and new program from this requirement.
Estimated Range of Awards: Up to (3) Work with early childhood The Ready-to-Learn Television program
$16 Million. literacy, language, and reading was first authorized by Congress as part
Estimated Average Size of Awards: organizations. of the Improving America’s Schools Act
Up to $16 Million. An application for funding under this of 1994, Pub L. 103–382. This is the first
Estimated Number of Awards: One. program also must propose to: competition to award a grant under this
Note: The Department is not bound by any (1) Develop a minimum of two new program. Consequently, the Secretary,
estimates in this notice. children’s television shows during the 5 in accordance with section 437(d)(1) of
Project Period: Up to 60 months. year project, of which at least one will GEPA and to ensure a timely grant
Page Limit: The application narrative be designed to expand the language, award, has decided to forego public
(Part III of the application) is where you, literacy, and reading competencies of comment with respect to the absolute
the applicant, address the selection young children who do not use English priority. This priority will apply to the
criteria reviewers use to evaluate your as their primary language. FY 2000 grant competition only.
application. You must limit Part III to (2) Use state-of-the-art technology to For Applications and Further
the equivalent of no more than 60 pages, create new programming and materials Information Contact: Joe Caliguro, U.S.
using the following standards: especially targeted to families who: (a) Department of Education, 555 New
• A page is 8.5″ × 11″, on one side Have limited literacy; (b) do not use Jersey Avenue, NW., room 604–I,
only, with 1’’ margins at the top, English as their primary language; (c) Washington, DC 20202–5520.
bottom, and both sides. have young children with disabilities; Telephone: (202) 219–1596. If you use a
• Double space (no more than three and (d) live in rural areas. telecommunications device for the deaf
lines per vertical inch) all text in the (3) Establish a technical assistance (TDD), you may call the Federal
application narrative, including titles, center for the Ready-To-Learn Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–
headings, footnotes, quotations, coordinators and station representatives 800–877–8339.

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