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sediment sampling, removal of iron In addition to the public hearing on Eligible Applicants: A State
from the water column and removal of the dockets listed above, the educational agency (SEA) of one of the
iron precipitate from the wetland Commission’s 1:30 p.m. business 50 States, the District of Columbia, or
substrate. The project is located in the meeting will include: A public hearing the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or an
drainage area to a section of the non- and consideration of a resolution to re- outlying area (United States Virgin
tidal Delaware River known as the authorize the Commission’s Monitoring Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and
Lower Delaware, which is classified as Advisory Committee and a resolution to the Commonwealth of the Northern
Special Protection Waters. adopt the 2007–2012 Water Resources Mariana Islands). Current State Program
14. Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Program. Improvement Grant grantees with multi-
Commission D–2006–7 CP–1. An The meeting will also include: year awards who wish to apply for a
application for approval of a bridge adoption of the Minutes of the grant under the State Personnel
modification project, located in a Commission’s September 27, 2006 Development Grants Program may do
recreational area which is included in business meeting; announcements of so, subject to section 651(e) of the
the DRBC Comprehensive Plan. The upcoming advisory committee meetings Individuals with Disabilities Education
U.S. Route 1 Toll Bridge connects the and other events; a report by the Act (IDEA), which prohibits a State
Borough of Morrisville, Bucks County, Executive Director; a report by the requesting a continuation award under
Pennsylvania with the City of Trenton, Commission’s General Counsel; and an the State Improvement Grant Program,
Mercer County, New Jersey and is opportunity for public dialogue. as in effect prior to December 3, 2004,
located at the base of DRBC Water Draft dockets scheduled for public from receiving any other award under
Quality Zone 1E. The bridge will be hearing on December 12, 2006 will be this program authority for that fiscal
widened at a point where it passes over posted on the Commission’s Web site, year.
the Delaware Canal, formerly known as http://www.drbc.net, where they can be Estimated Available Funds:
Roosevelt State Park. accessed through the Notice of $28,600,000.
15. Ingersoll-Rand Company D–2006– Commission Meeting and Public Estimated Range of Awards: In the
14–1. An application for the approval of Hearing. Additional documents relating case of the 50 States, the District of
an existing groundwater remediation to the dockets and other items may be Columbia, and the Commonwealth of
discharge project located at the examined at the Commission’s offices. Puerto Rico, award amounts will be not
Ingersoll-Rand facility in Phillipsburg, Please contact William Muszynski at less than $500,000, nor more than
New Jersey. The existing remediation 609–883–9500, extension 221, with any $4,000,000. In the case of an outlying
system discharges approximately 0.090 docket-related questions. area, awards will be not less than
mgd via Outfall 002 to Lopatcong Creek, Individuals in need of an $80,000.
which converges with the Delaware accommodation as provided for in the
River at River Mile 182, within a reach Americans with Disabilities Act who Note: Consistent with 34 CFR § 75.104(b) of
wish to attend the informational the Education Department General
classified as ‘‘Significant Resource Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), we
Waters.’’ The facility is located in the meeting, conference session or hearings
will reject, without consideration or
Town of Phillipsburg and Lopatcong should contact the commission evaluation, any application that proposes a
Township, Warren County, New Jersey. secretary directly at 609–883–9500 ext. project funding level for any fiscal year that
16. Spring Ford Country Club D– 203 or through the Telecommunications exceeds the stated maximum award amount
2006–16–1. An application for approval Relay Services (TRS) at 711, to discuss of $4,000,000 for that fiscal year.
of a ground and surface water how the Commission can accommodate
withdrawal project to supply up to 11.2 your needs. We will set the amount of each grant
mg/30 days of water to the applicant’s after considering—
Dated: November 20, 2006.
golf course irrigation system from (1) The amount of funds available for
Pamela M. Bush,
existing Well No. 1 and up to 21.6 mg/ making grants;
Commission Secretary.
30 days from a pond on an unnamed (2) The relative population of the
[FR Doc. E6–19997 Filed 11–24–06; 8:45 am] State or outlying area;
tributary to Mingo Creek and to limit the
existing withdrawal from all sources to (3) The types of activities proposed by
21.6 mg/30 days. The project is located the State or outlying area;
in the Brunswick Formation in the (4) The alignment of proposed
Mingo Creek Watershed in Limerick DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION activities with section 612(a)(14) of
Township, Montgomery County, Office of Special Education and IDEA;
Pennsylvania and is located in the Rehabilitative Services; Overview (5) The alignment of proposed
Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Information activities with State plans and
Water Protected Area. applications submitted under sections
17. Pocono Township D–2006–17 CP– State Personnel Development Grants 1111 and 2112, respectively, of the
1. An application for the construction of Program Elementary and Secondary Education
a new 2.0 mgd WWTP to accommodate Notice inviting applications for new Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA); and
flows from existing WWTPs and awards for fiscal year (FY) 2006 (to be (6) The use, as appropriate, of
anticipated regional growth. The project awarded in FY 2007) scientifically-based research and
includes the construction of a collection instruction.
system for the Route 611 Corridor. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Estimated Average Size of Awards:
WWTP will discharge via an (CFDA) Number: 84.323A. $1,020,000, excluding outlying areas.
approximately 6-mile forcemain to the Dates: Applications Available:
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Estimated Number of Awards: 28.

Brodhead Creek, a tributary to the November 27, 2006.
Middle Delaware River Special Note: The Department is not bound by any
Deadline for Transmittal of
estimates in this notice.
Protection Waters. The facility will be Applications: May 29, 2007.
located in Pocono Township, Monroe Deadline for Intergovernmental Project Period: Not less than one year
County, Pennsylvania. Review: May 29, 2007. and not more than five years.

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Full Text of Announcement and documents in a form that meets a plan and application submitted under
I. Funding Opportunity Description government or industry-recognized sections 1111 and 2112, respectively, of
standard for accessibility. the ESEA;
Purpose of Program: The purpose of (g) Describes those strategies the SEA
this program is to assist SEAs in Statutory Requirements will use to address the identified
reforming and improving their systems State Personnel Development Plan professional development and
for personnel preparation and personnel needs and how such
Applicants must submit a State
professional development in early strategies will be implemented,
Personnel Development Plan that
intervention, educational, and transition including—
identifies and addresses the State and
services in order to improve results for (i) A description of the programs and
local needs for personnel preparation
children with disabilities. activities that will provide personnel
and professional development of
Priorities: In accordance with 34 CFR with the knowledge and skills to meet
personnel, as well as individuals who
75.105(b)(2)(v) this priority is from the the needs of, and improve the
provide direct supplementary aids and
notice of final priority for this program performance and achievement of,
services to children with disabilities,
published in the Federal Register on infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and
and that—
June 9, 2006 (71 FR 33578). (a) Is designed to enable the State to children with disabilities; and
Absolute Priority: For FY 2006 this (ii) How such strategies will be
meet the requirements of section
priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 integrated, to the maximum extent
612(a)(14) and section 635(a) (8) and (9)
CFR § 75.105(c)(3), we consider only of IDEA; possible, with other activities supported
applications that meet this priority. (b) Is based on an assessment of State by grants funded under section 662 of
Priority: The Assistant Secretary and local needs that identifies critical IDEA;
establishes a priority to assist SEAs in aspects and areas in need of (h) Provides an assurance that the
reforming and improving their improvement related to the preparation, SEA will provide technical assistance to
personnel preparation and professional ongoing training, and professional local educational agencies (LEAs) to
development systems for teachers, development of personnel who serve improve the quality of professional
principals, administrators, related infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and development available to meet the
services personnel, paraprofessionals, children with disabilities within the needs of personnel who serve children
and early intervention personnel. The State, including— with disabilities;
intent of this priority is to improve (i) Current and anticipated personnel (i) Provides an assurance that the SEA
educational results for children with vacancies and shortages; and will provide technical assistance to
disabilities through the delivery of high (ii) The number of preservice and entities that provide services to infants
quality instruction and the recruitment, inservice programs; and and toddlers with disabilities to
hiring, and retention of highly qualified (c) Is integrated and aligned, to the improve the quality of professional
special education teachers. maximum extent possible, with State development available to meet the
In order to meet this priority an plans and activities under the ESEA, the needs of personnel serving those
applicant must demonstrate that the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, children;
project for which it seeks funding— and the Higher Education Act of 1965, (j) Describes how the SEA will recruit
(1) Provides professional development as amended (HEA); and retain highly qualified teachers and
activities that improve the knowledge (d) Describes a partnership agreement other qualified personnel in geographic
and skills of personnel as defined in that is in effect for the period of the areas of greatest need;
section 651(b) of IDEA in delivering grant, which agreement shall specify— (k) Describes the steps the SEA will
scientifically-based instruction to meet (i) The nature and extent of the take to ensure that economically
the needs of, and improve the partnership described in accordance disadvantaged and minority children
performance and achievement of with section 652(b) of IDEA and the are not taught at higher rates by teachers
infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and respective roles of each member of the who are not highly qualified; and
children with disabilities; (2) partnership, including, if applicable, an (l) Describes how the SEA will assess,
Implements practices to sustain the individual, entity, or agency other than on a regular basis, the extent to which
knowledge and skills of personnel who the SEA that has the responsibility the strategies implemented have been
have received training in scientifically- under State law for teacher preparation effective in meeting the performance
based instruction; and (3) Implements and certification; and goals described in section 612(a)(15) of
strategies that are effective in promoting (ii) How the SEA will work with other IDEA.
the recruitment, hiring, and retention of persons and organizations involved in, Partnerships
highly qualified special education and concerned with, the education of
teachers in accordance with section children with disabilities, including the Required Partners
602(10) and section 612(a)(14) of IDEA. respective roles of each of the persons Applicants shall establish a
Projects funded under this priority and organizations; partnership with LEAs and other State
must also: (e) Describes how the strategies and agencies involved in, or concerned with,
(a) Budget for a three-day Project activities the SEA uses to address the education of children with
Directors’ meeting in Washington, DC identified professional development and disabilities, including—
during each year of the project; personnel needs will be coordinated (a) Not less than one institution of
(b) Budget $4,000 annually for with activities supported with other higher education; and
support of the State Personnel public resources (including funds (b) The State agencies responsible for
Development Grants Program Web site provided under Part B and Part C of administering Part C of IDEA, early
currently administered by the IDEA and retained for use at the State
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education, child care, and vocational

University of Oregon (http:// level for personnel and professional rehabilitation programs.
www.signetwork.org); and development purposes) and private
(c) If a project receiving assistance resources; Other Partners
under this program authority maintains (f) Describes how the SEA will align An SEA shall work in partnership
a Web site, include relevant information its personnel development plan with the with other persons and organizations

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involved in, and concerned with, the (iii) Encourage collaborative and limited English proficient children with
education of children with disabilities, consultative models of providing early disabilities;
which may include— intervention, special education, and (E) Provide training for special
(a) The Governor; related services. education personnel and regular
(b) Parents of children with (2) Encouraging and supporting the education personnel in planning,
disabilities ages birth through 26; training of special education and regular developing, and implementing effective
(c) Parents of nondisabled children education teachers and administrators and appropriate individualized
ages birth through 26; to effectively use and integrate education programs (IEPs); and
(d) Individuals with disabilities; technology— (F) Provide training to meet the needs
(e) Parent training and information (i) Into curricula and instruction, of students with significant health,
centers or community parent resource including training to improve the ability mobility, or behavioral needs prior to
centers funded under sections 671 and to collect, manage, and analyze data to serving those students;
672 of IDEA, respectively; improve teaching, decision-making, (iii) Train administrators, principals,
(f) Community-based and other school improvement efforts, and and other relevant school personnel in
nonprofit organizations involved in the accountability; conducting effective IEP meetings; and
education and employment of (ii) To enhance learning by children (iv) Train early intervention,
individuals with disabilities; with disabilities; and preschool, and related services
(g) Personnel as defined in section (iii) To effectively communicate with providers, and other relevant school
651(b) of IDEA; parents. personnel, in conducting effective
(h) The State advisory panel (3) Providing professional individualized family service plan
established under Part B of IDEA; development activities that— (IFSP) meetings.
(i) The State interagency coordinating (i) Improve the knowledge of special (4) Developing and implementing
council established under Part C of education and regular education initiatives to promote the recruitment
IDEA; teachers concerning— and retention of highly qualified special
(j) Individuals knowledgeable about (A) The academic and developmental education teachers, particularly
vocational education; or functional needs of students with initiatives that have been proven
(k) The State agency for higher disabilities; or effective in recruiting and retaining
education; (B) Effective instructional strategies,
(l) Noneducational public agencies highly qualified teachers, including
methods, and skills, and the use of State
with jurisdiction in the areas of health, programs that provide—
academic content standards and student
mental health, social services, and (i) Teacher mentoring from exemplary
academic achievement and functional
juvenile justice; special education teachers, principals,
standards, and State assessments, to
(m) Other providers of professional or superintendents;
improve teaching practices and student
development who work with infants, (ii) Induction and support for special
academic achievement;
toddlers, preschoolers, and children education teachers during their first
(ii) Improve the knowledge of special
with disabilities; three years of employment as teachers;
education and regular education
(n) Other individuals; and or
teachers and principals and, in
(o) In cases where the SEA is not appropriate cases, paraprofessionals, (iii) Incentives, including financial
responsible for teacher certification, an concerning effective instructional incentives, to retain special education
individual, entity, or agency responsible practices, that— teachers who have a record of success
for teacher certification as defined in (A) Provide training in how to teach in helping students with disabilities.
section 652(b)(3) of IDEA. and address the needs of children with (5) Carrying out programs and
different learning styles and children activities that are designed to improve
Use of funds the quality of personnel who serve
who are limited English proficient;
(a) Professional Development (B) Involve collaborative groups of children with disabilities, such as—
Activities—Consistent with this priority, teachers, administrators, and, in (i) Innovative professional
each SEA that receives a State Personnel appropriate cases, related services development programs (which may be
Development Grant under this program personnel; provided through partnerships that
shall use the grant funds to support (C) Provide training in methods of— include institutions of higher
activities in accordance with the State’s (I) Positive behavioral interventions education), including programs that
Personnel Development Plan, including and supports to improve student train teachers and principals to integrate
one or more of the following: behavior in the classroom; technology into curricula and
(1) Carrying out programs that provide (II) Scientifically-based reading instruction to improve teaching,
support to both special education and instruction, including early literacy learning, and technology literacy, which
regular education teachers of children instruction; professional development shall be
with disabilities and principals, such as (III) Early and appropriate consistent with the definition of
programs that— interventions to identify and help professional development in section
(i) Provide teacher mentoring, team children with disabilities; 9101 of the ESEA; and
teaching, reduced class schedules and (IV) Effective instruction for children (ii) The development and use of
case loads, and intensive professional with low incidence disabilities; proven, cost effective strategies for the
development; (V) Successful transitioning to implementation of professional
(ii) Use standards or assessments for postsecondary opportunities; and development activities, such as through
guiding beginning teachers that are (VI) Classroom-based techniques to the use of technology and distance
consistent with challenging State assist children prior to referral for learning.
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student academic achievement and special education; (6) Carrying out programs and
functional standards and with the (D) Provide training to enable activities that are designed to improve
requirements for professional personnel to work with and involve the quality of early intervention
development, as defined in section 9101 parents in their child’s education, personnel, including paraprofessionals
of the ESEA; and including parents of low income and and primary referral sources, such as—

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(i) Professional development (5) Reforming tenure systems, (e) Grants to Outlying Areas—Public
programs to improve the delivery of implementing teacher testing for subject Law 95–134, permitting the
early intervention services; matter knowledge, and implementing consolidation of grants to the outlying
(ii) Initiatives to promote the teacher testing for State certification or areas, shall not apply to funds received
recruitment and retention of early licensing, consistent with Title II of the under this program authority.
intervention personnel; and HEA. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1451
(iii) Interagency activities to ensure (6) Funding projects to promote through 1455.
that early intervention personnel are reciprocity of teacher certification or Applicable Regulations: (a) EDGAR in
adequately prepared and trained. licensing between or among States for 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82,
(b) Other Activities—Consistent with special education teachers, except that 84, 85, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The notice of
this priority, each SEA that receives a no reciprocity agreement developed final priority for this program published
State Personnel Development Grant under this priority may lead to the in the Federal Register on June 9, 2006
under this program shall use the grant weakening of any State teacher (71 FR 33578).
funds to support activities in certification or licensing requirement.
accordance with the State’s Personnel (7) Assisting LEAs to serve children Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79
Development Plan, including one or with disabilities through the apply to all applicants except federally
more of the following: development and use of proven, recognized Indian tribes.
(1) Reforming special education and innovative strategies to deliver intensive II. Award Information
regular education teacher certification professional development programs that Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
(including recertification) or licensing are both cost effective and easily Estimated Available Funds:
requirements to ensure that— accessible, such as strategies that $28,600,000.
(i) Special education and regular involve delivery through the use of Estimated Range of Awards: In the
education teachers have— technology, peer networks, and distance case of the 50 States, the District of
(A) The training and information learning. Columbia, and the Commonwealth of
necessary to address the full range of (8) Developing, or assisting LEAs in Puerto Rico, award amounts will be not
needs of children with disabilities developing, merit based performance less than $500,000, nor more than
across disability categories; and systems, and strategies that provide $4,000,000. In the case of an outlying
(B) The necessary subject matter differential and bonus pay for special area awards will be not less than
knowledge and teaching skills in the education teachers. $80,000.
(9) Supporting activities that ensure
academic subjects that the teachers
that teachers are able to use challenging Note: Consistent with 34 CFR § 75.104(b) of
teach; EDGAR, we will reject, without consideration
State academic content standards and
(ii) Special education and regular or evaluation, any application that proposes
student academic achievement and
education teacher certification a project funding level for any fiscal year that
functional standards, and State
(including recertification) or licensing exceeds the stated maximum award amount
assessments for all children with
requirements are aligned with of $4,000,000 for that fiscal year.
disabilities, to improve instructional
challenging State academic content
practices and improve the academic We will set the amount of each grant
standards; and
achievement of children with after considering—
(iii) Special education and regular
disabilities. (1) The amount of funds available for
education teachers have the subject (10) When applicable, coordinating making the grants;
matter knowledge and teaching skills, with, and expanding centers established (2) The relative population of the
including technology literacy, necessary under, section 2113(c)(18) of the ESEA State or outlying area;
to help students with disabilities meet to benefit special education teachers. (3) The types of activities proposed by
challenging State student academic (c) Contracts and Subgrants—An SEA the State or outlying area;
achievement and functional standards. that receives a grant under this (4) The alignment of proposed
(2) Programs that establish, expand, or program— activities with section 612(a)(14) of
improve alternative routes for State (1) Shall award contracts or subgrants IDEA;
certification of special education to LEAs, institutions of higher (5) The alignment of proposed
teachers for highly qualified individuals education, parent training and activities with State plans and
with a baccalaureate or master’s degree, information centers, or community applications submitted under sections
including mid-career professionals from parent resource centers, as appropriate, 1111 and 2112, respectively, of the
other occupations, paraprofessionals, to carry out the State plan; and ESEA; and
and recent college or university (2) May award contracts and (6) The use, as appropriate, of
graduates with records of academic subgrants to other public and private scientifically-based research and
distinction who demonstrate the entities, including the lead agency instruction.
potential to become highly effective under Part C of IDEA, to carry out the Estimated Average Size of Awards:
special education teachers. State plan. $1,020,000, excluding outlying areas.
(3) Teacher advancement initiatives (d) Use of Funds for Professional Estimated Number of Awards: 28.
for special education teachers that Development—An SEA that receives a
promote professional growth and Note: The Department is not bound by any
grant under this program shall use— estimates in this notice.
emphasize multiple career paths (such (1) Not less than 90 percent of the
as paths to becoming a career teacher, funds the SEA receives under the grant Project Period: Not less than one year
mentor teacher, or exemplary teacher) for any fiscal year for the Professional and not more than five years.
and pay differentiation. Development Activities described in
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(4) Developing and implementing paragraph (a); and III. Eligibility Information
mechanisms to assist LEAs and schools (2) Not more than 10 percent of the 1. Eligible Applicants: An SEA of one
in effectively recruiting and retaining funds the SEA receives under the grant of the 50 States, the District of
highly qualified special education for any fiscal year for the Other Columbia, or the Commonwealth of
teachers. Activities described in paragraph (b). Puerto Rico or an outlying area (United

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States Virgin Islands, Guam, American • Double space (no more than three to participate as a partner in the new
Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the lines per vertical inch) all text in the governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site
Northern Mariana Islands). Current application narrative, including titles, in FY 2007. The State Personnel
State Program Improvement Grant headings, footnotes, quotations, Development Grants Program—CFDA
grantees with multi-year awards who references, and captions, as well as all Number 84.323A is one of the
wish to apply for a grant under the State text in charts, tables, figures, and competitions included in this project.
Personnel Development Grants Program graphs. We request your participation in
may do so, subject to section 651(e) of • Use a font that is either 12 point or Grants.gov.
IDEA, which prohibits a State larger or no smaller than 10 pitch If you choose to submit your
requesting a continuation award under (characters per inch). application electronically, you must use
the State Improvement Grant Program, The page limit does not apply to Part the Grants.gov Apply site at http://
as in effect prior to December 3, 2004, I, the cover sheet; Part II, the budget www.Grants.gov. Through this site, you
from receiving any other award under section, including the narrative budget will be able to download a copy of the
this program authority for that fiscal justification; Part IV, the assurances and application package, complete it offline,
year. certifications; or the one-page abstract, and then upload and submit your
2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This the resumes, the bibliography, the application. You may not e-mail an
competition does not involve cost references, or the letters of support. electronic copy of a grant application to
sharing or matching. However, you must include all of the us.
3. Other: General Requirements—The application narrative in Part III. You may access the electronic grant
projects funded under this competition We will reject your application if— application for the State Personnel
must make positive efforts to employ • You apply these standards and Development Grants Program—CFDA
and advance in employment qualified exceed the page limit; or Number 84.323A at: http://
individuals with disabilities (see section • You apply other standards and www.grants.gov. You must search for
606 of IDEA). exceed the equivalent of the page limit. the downloadable application package
3. Submission Dates and Times: for this program by the CFDA number.
IV. Application and Submission Applications Available: November 27, Do not include the CFDA number’s
Information 2006. Deadline for Transmittal of alpha suffix in your search.
1. Address to Request Application Applications: March 27, 2007. Please note the following:
Applications for grants under this • Your participation in Grants.gov is
Package: Education Publications Center
competition may be submitted voluntary.
(ED Pubs), P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD • When you enter the Grants.gov site,
electronically using the Grants.gov
20794–1398. Telephone (toll free): 1– you will find information about
Apply site (Grants.gov), or in paper
877–433–7827. FAX: (301) 470–1244. If submitting an application electronically
format by mail or hand delivery. For
you use a telecommunications device through the site, as well as the hours of
information (including dates and times)
for the deaf (TDD), you may call (toll operation.
about how to submit your application
free): 1–877–576–7734. • Applications received by Grants.gov
electronically, or by mail or hand
You may also contact ED Pubs at its are time and date stamped. Your
delivery, please refer to section IV. 6.
Web site: www.ed.gov/pubs/ application must be fully uploaded and
Other Submission Requirements in this
edpubs.html or you may contact ED submitted, and must be date/time
Pubs at its e-mail address: We do not consider an application stamped by the Grants.gov system no
edpubs@inet.ed.gov. that does not comply with the deadline later than 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC
If you request an application from ED requirements. time, on the application deadline date.
Pubs, be sure to identify this Deadline for Intergovernmental Except as otherwise noted in this
competition as follows: CFDA Number Review: May 29, 2007. section, we will not consider your
84.323A. 4. Intergovernmental Review: This application if it is date/time stamped by
Individuals with disabilities may program is subject to Executive Order the Grants.gov system later than 4:30
obtain a copy of the application package 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR p.m., Washington, DC time, on the
in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, part 79. Information about application deadline date. When we
large print, audiotape, or computer Intergovernmental Review of Federal retrieve your application from
diskette) by contacting the program Programs under Executive Order 12372 Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are
contact person listed under FOR FURTHER is in the application package for this rejecting your application because it
INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII of competition. was date/time stamped by the
this notice. 5. Funding Restrictions: We reference Grants.gov system after 4:30 p.m.,
2. Content and Form of Application regulations outlining funding Washington, DC time, on the
Submission: Requirements concerning restrictions in the Applicable application deadline date.
the content of an application, together Regulations section of this notice. • The amount of time it can take to
with the forms you must submit, are in 6. Other Submission Requirements: upload an application will vary
the application package for this Applications for grants under this depending on a variety of factors
competition. Page Limit: The competition may be submitted including the size of the application and
application narrative (Part III of the electronically or in paper format by mail the speed of your Internet connection.
application) is where you, the applicant, or hand delivery. Therefore, we strongly recommend that
address the selection criteria that a. Electronic Submission of you do not wait until the application
reviewers use to evaluate your Applications. deadline date to begin the application
application. You must limit Part III to We have been accepting applications process through Grants.gov.
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the equivalent of no more than 100 electronically through the Department’s • You should review and follow the
pages, using the following standards: e-Application system since FY 2000. In Education Submission Procedures for
• A ‘‘page’’ is 8.5″ x 11″, on one side order to expand on those efforts and submitting an application through
only, with 1″ margins at the top, bottom, comply with the President’s Grants.gov that are included in the
and both sides. Management Agenda, we are continuing application package for this competition

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to ensure that you submit your confirmation by e-mail that will include Application Control Center—Stop 4260,
application in a timely manner to the a PR/Award number (an ED-specified Attention: (CFDA Number 84.323A),
Grants.gov system. You can also find the identifying number unique to your 7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD
Education Submission Procedures application). 20785–1506.
pertaining to Grants.gov at http://e- • We may request that you provide us Regardless of which address you use,
Grants.ed.gov/help/ original signatures on forms at a later you must show proof of mailing
GrantsgovSubmissionProcedures.pdf. date. Application Deadline Date consisting of one of the following:
• To submit your application via Extension in Case of System (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service
Grants.gov, you must complete all of the Unavailability postmark,
steps in the Grants.gov registration If you are prevented from
process (see http://www.grants.gov/ (2) A legible mail receipt with the
electronically submitting your date of mailing stamped by the U.S.
applicants/get_registered.jsp). These application on the application deadline
steps include (1) registering your Postal Service,
date because of technical problems with
organization, (2) registering yourself as the Grants.gov system, we will grant you (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or
an Authorized Organization an extension until 4:30 p.m., receipt from a commercial carrier, or
Representative (AOR), and (3) getting Washington, DC time, the following (4) Any other proof of mailing
authorized as an AOR by your business day to enable you to transmit acceptable to the Secretary of the U.S.
organization. Details on these steps are your application electronically, or by Department of Education.
outlined in the Grants.gov 3-Step hand delivery. You also may mail your If you mail your application through
Registration Guide (see http:// application by following the mailing the U.S. Postal Service, we do not
www.grants.gov/section910/ instructions as described elsewhere in accept either of the following as proof
Grants.govRegistrationBrochure.pdf). this notice. If you submit an application of mailing:
You also must provide on your after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on (1) A private metered postmark, or
application the same D–U–N–S Number the deadline date, please contact the (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by
used with this registration. Please note person listed elsewhere in this notice the U.S. Postal Service.
that the registration process may take under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION If your application is postmarked after
five or more business days to complete, CONTACT, and provide an explanation of the application deadline date, we will
and you must have completed all the technical problem you experienced not consider your application.
registration steps to allow you to with Grants.gov, along with the
successfully submit an application via Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not
Grants.gov. uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before
(if available). We will accept your
• You will not receive additional application if we can confirm that a
relying on this method, you should check
point value because you submit your with your local post office.
technical problem occurred with the
application in electronic format, nor Grants.gov system and that that problem c. Submission of Paper Applications
will we penalize you if you submit your affected your ability to submit your by Hand Delivery.
application in paper format. application by 4:30 p.m., Washington,
• You may submit all documents If you submit your application in
DC time, on the application deadline paper format by hand delivery, you (or
electronically, including all information
date. The Department will contact you a courier service) must deliver the
typically included on the following
forms: Application for Federal after a determination is made on original and two copies of your
Assistance (SF 424), the Department of whether your application will be application by hand, on or before the
Education Supplemental Information for accepted. application deadline date, to the
SF 424, Budget Information—Non- Note: Extensions referred to in this section Department at the following address:
Construction Programs (ED 524), and all apply only to the unavailability of or U.S. Department of Education,
necessary assurances and certifications. technical problems with the Grants.gov Application Control Center, Attention:
Please note that two of these forms—the system. We will not grant you an extension (CFDA Number 84.323A), 550 12th
SF 424 and the Department of Education if you failed to fully register to submit your Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center
Supplemental Information for SF 424— application to Grants.gov before the deadline Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–4260.
date and time or if the technical problem you
have replaced the ED 424 (Application The Application Control Center
experienced is unrelated to the Grants.gov
for Federal Education Assistance). If you system. accepts hand deliveries daily between 8
choose to submit your application a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC
electronically, you must attach any b. Submission of Paper Applications time, except Saturdays, Sundays and
narrative sections of your application as by Mail. Federal holidays.
files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich If you submit your application in
Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper
text), or .PDF (Portable Document) paper format by mail (through the U.S.
Applications: If you mail or hand deliver
format. If you upload a file type other Postal Service or a commercial carrier), your application to the Department:
than the three file types specified above you must mail the original and two (1) You must indicate on the envelope
or submit a password protected file, we copies of your application, on or before and—if not provided by the Department—in
will not review that material. the application deadline date, to the Item 11 of SF 424 the CFDA number—and
• Your electronic application must Department at the applicable following suffix letter, if any—of the competition under
comply with any page limit address: which you are submitting your application.
requirements described in this notice. By mail through the U.S. Postal (2) The Application Control Center will
• After you electronically submit Service: U.S. Department of Education, mail a grant application receipt
your application, you will receive an acknowledgment to you. If you do not receive
Application Control Center, Attention:
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the grant application receipt

automatic acknowledgment from (CFDA Number 84.323A), 400 Maryland acknowledgment within 15 business days
Grants.gov that contains a Grants.gov Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202– from the application deadline date, you
tracking number. The Department will 4260. or should call the U.S. Department of Education
retrieve your application from By mail through a commercial carrier: Application Control Center at (202) 245–
Grants.gov and send you a second U.S. Department of Education, 6288.

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V. Application Review Information 4. Performance Measures: The goal of format (e.g., Braille, large print,
1. Selection Criteria: The selection the State Personnel Development Grants audiotape, or computer diskette) on
criteria for this competition are from 34 (SPDG) Program is to reform and request by contacting the following
CFR 75.210 and are listed in the improve State systems for personnel office: The Grants and Contracts
application package. preparation and professional Services Team, U.S. Department of
2. Treating A Priority As Two development in early intervention, Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW.,
Separate Competitions: In the past, educational, and transition services in Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC
there have been problems in finding order to improve results for children 20202–2550. Telephone: (202) 245–
peer reviewers without conflicts of with disabilities. Under the Government 7363.
interest for competitions in which many Performance and Results Act (GPRA),
the Department has developed VIII. Other Information
entities throughout the country submit
applications. The Standing Panel performance measures to assess the Electronic Access to This Document:
requirements under IDEA also have success of the program in meeting these You may view this document, as well as
placed additional constraints on the goals. These measures are: (1) The all other documents of this Department
availability of reviewers. Therefore, the percent of personnel receiving published in the Federal Register, in
Department has determined that, for professional development through the text or Adobe Portable Document
some discretionary competitions, SPDG program based on scientific- or Format (PDF) on the Internet at the
applications may be separated into two evidence-based instructional practices; following site: www.ed.gov/news/
or more groups and ranked and selected (2) the percentage of SPDG projects that fedregister.
for funding within the specific group. have implemented personnel To use PDF you must have Adobe
This procedure will ensure the development/training activities that are Acrobat Reader, which is available free
availability of a much larger group of aligned with improvement strategies at this site. If you have questions about
reviewers without conflicts of interest. It identified in their State Performance using PDF, call the U.S. Government
also will increase the quality, Plan (SPP); (3) the percentage of Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1–
independence and fairness of the review professional development/training 888–293–6498; or in the Washington,
process and permit panel members to activities provided through the SPDG DC, area at (202) 512–1530.
review applications under discretionary program based on scientific- or
evidence-based instructional/behavioral Note: The official version of this document
competitions for which they have also is the document published in the Federal
submitted applications. However, if the practices; (4) the percentage of
Register. Free Internet access to the official
Department decides to select for funding professional development/training edition of the Federal Register and the Code
an equal number of applications in each activities based on scientific- or of Federal Regulations is available on GPO
group, this may result in different cut- evidence-based instructional/behavioral Access at: www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/
off points for fundable applications in practices, provided through the SPDG index.html.
each group. program, that are sustained through
ongoing and comprehensive practices Dated: November 20, 2006.
VI. Award Administration Information (e.g., mentoring, coaching, structured John H. Hager,
1. Award Notices: If your application guidance, modeling, continuous Assistant Secretary for Special Education and
is successful, we notify your U.S. inquiry, etc.); and (5) in States with Rehabilitative Services.
Representative and U.S. Senators and SPDG projects that have special [FR Doc. E6–20022 Filed 11–24–06; 8:45 am]
send you a Grant Award Notification education teacher retention as a goal, BILLING CODE 4000–01–P
(GAN). We may also notify you the Statewide percentage of highly
informally. qualified special education teachers in
If your application is not evaluated or State-identified professional disciplines DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
not selected for funding, we notify you. (e.g., teachers of children with
2. Administrative and National Policy emotional disturbance, deafness, etc.) Office of Special Education and
Requirements: We identify consistent with sections 602(a)(10) and Rehabilitative Services; Overview
administrative and national policy 612(a)(14) of IDEA, who remain Information; Personnel Development
requirements in the application package teaching after the first three years of to Improve Services and Results for
and reference these and other employment. Children with Disabilities—National
requirements in the Applicable Each grantee must annually report its Outreach and Technical Assistance
Regulations section of this notice. performance on these measures in the Center on Discretionary Awards for
We reference the regulations outlining project’s annual performance report to Minority Institutions; Notice Inviting
the terms and conditions of an award in the Department in accordance with Applications for New Awards for Fiscal
the Applicable Regulations section of section 653(d) of IDEA and 34 CFR Year (FY) 2007
this notice and include these and other 75.590.
specific conditions in the GAN. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
GAN also incorporates your approved VII. Agency Contact (CFDA) Number: 84.325R.
application as part of your binding For Further Information Contact: Dates: Applications Available:
commitments under the grant. Larry Wexler, U.S. Department of November 27, 2006.
3. Reporting: At the end of your Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Deadline for Transmittal of
project period, you must submit a final room 4019, Potomac Center Plaza, Applications: January 11, 2007.
performance report, including financial Washington, DC 20202–2550. Deadline for Intergovernmental
information, as directed by the Telephone: (202) 245–7571. Review: March 12, 2007.
Secretary. If you receive a multi-year If you use a telecommunications Eligible Applicants: Institutions of
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award, you must submit an annual device for the deaf (TDD), you may call higher education (IHEs).
performance report that provides the the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1– Estimated Available Funds: The
most current performance and financial 800–877–8339. Administration has requested
expenditure information as specified by Individuals with disabilities may $90,626,000 for the Personnel
the Secretary in 34 CFR 75.118. obtain this document in an alternative Development to Improve Services and

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