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To encourage improved instruction in mathematics, science, and foreign languages as well as other subjects, such as vocational education.

To serve underserved populations, including the disadvantaged, limited-English proficient, and individuals with disabilities.

Grants are made to develop
and support educational and instructional programming, and to provide technical assistance in the use of such instructional programming.
Examples of Funded Projects

In FY 2005, the most recent year that new awards were made in this program, the Department funded a grant to the University of Oklahoma's K-20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal to: (1) develop an interactive educational game that will allow students to experience a wide array of real-world challenges that require a combination of team collaboration and the constant use of a series of process and content standards; and (2) introduce teachers to a form of professional development, Lesson Study, that promotes a cross-curricular team to collaboratively plan, teach, observe, and reflect on student engagement and interaction during the research lesson.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Program Accomplishments

In FY 2007, six continuation awards were granted.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Eligible telecommunications partnerships must be organized on a statewide or multi-state basis.

Partnerships must assure that a significant portion of the facilities and equipment, technical assistance and programming for which assistance is sought will be made available to elementary and secondary schools of local education agencies that have a high percentage of children counted for purposes of Part A of Title I of the Elementary Secondary Education Act.

Priority is given to those partnerships that provide services to meet the needs of traditionally underserved populations, individuals traditionally excluded from careers in mathematics and science because of discrimination or economically disadvantaged backgrounds, areas with scarce resources, and areas with limited access to courses in mathematics, science and foreign languages.

Funds through this grant may not supplant funds otherwise available for these purposes.

Not less than 25 percent of the funds appropriated during any fiscal year shall be used for the cost of instructional programming.

Not less than 50 percent of the funds appropriated during any fiscal year shall be used for the cost of facilities, equipment, teacher training or retraining, technical assistance or programming for school districts which are eligible to receive assistance under Part A of Title I.

No grant may exceed $10,000,000 in any single fiscal year.

This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate which is referenced under 34 CFR 75.563.

For assistance call the Office of Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on 202-708-7770.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible telecommunications partnerships must be organized on a statewide or multistate basis.

Two types of partnerships are eligible: (1) A public agency or corporation established for the purpose of developing and operating telecommunications networks to enhance educational opportunities provided by educational institutions, teacher training centers, and other entities, provided that the agency or corporation represents the interests of elementary and secondary schools eligible to participate under Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965; or (2) a partnership that will provide telecommunications services and includes three or more of the following entities, at least one of which shall be State or local educational agency: (a) A local educational agency, that serves a significant number of elementary and secondary schools that are eligible for assistance under Part A, of Title 1 or elementary and secondary schools operated or funded for Indian children by the Department of the Interior; (b) A State educational agency; (c) adult and family education programs; (d) an institution of higher education or a State higher education agency; (e) a teacher training center or academy; (f) a public or private entity with experience and expertise in the planning and operation of a telecommunications network, including entities involved in telecommunications through satellite, cable, telephone, or computer; or a public broadcasting entity with such experience; or (g) a public or private elementary or secondary school.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Elementary and secondary school students and teachers.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No.

A-102 must be used for this program.

Application Procedures

Described in the application notice published in the Federal Register. Contact the headquarters office listed below for application packages containing the application notice and application assurance forms.

Award Procedures

The selection of applications is competitive, based on staff and nonfederal review using selection criteria contained in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) at 34 CFR 74.210 and the application notice published in the Federal Register.


Announced in the application notice published in the Federal Register. Contact the headquarters office listed below for further information.


Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title V, Part D, Subpart 7.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 120 days following the application deadline.




As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for direct grant programs (see 34 CFR 75.253). Generally, for multiple-year awards, continuation awards after the first budget period are made if sufficient funds have been appropriated; the recipient has either made substantial progress in meeting the goals of the project or obtained approval for changes in the project; the recipient has submitted all required reports; and continuation is in the best interest of the government.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The Federal share for the first and second fiscal years shall be 75 percent; for the third and fourth years 60 percent; and for the fifth year 50 percent. All resources must be used to supplement and not supplant resources otherwise available for the purposes of the grant. Other regulations in 34 CFR 74, Subpart G (cost-sharing or matching), apply. The Secretary of Education will consider requests to reduce or waive matching requirements if financial hardship is demonstrated.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Following a competitively selected award of up to twelve months, awards may be made for up to four subsequent years; subject to the availability of funds.

Post Assistance Requirements


As required by the Education Department General Administrative Relations (EDGAR) for direct grant programs (see 34 CFR 75).

Generally, annual performance and financial reports are required.


See 34 CFR 74.26. Institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations are subject to the audit requirement of OMB Circular No. A-133. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


As required by EDGAR for direct grant programs (34 CFR 75). Generally, records related to grant funds, compliance and performance must be maintained for a period of five years after completion.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $11,513,000; FY 08 est $0; and FY 09 est $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

For FY 2007, the range of awards was from $420,000 to $2,980,864; the average award was $1,877,148.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The Department of Education General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) 34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, and 86.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Technology in Education Programs, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Rm. 4W219, FB-6, Washington, DC 20208-5900. Contact: Brian Lekander. E-mail: Telephone: (202) 205-5633.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Contained in EDGAR (34 CFR 75.210). Contact the program office for more information.

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