Reopening; Applications for New Awards; Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities-Early Childhood Personnel Center
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education.
On April 19, 2017, we published in the Federal Register (82 FR 18447) a notice inviting applications (NIA) for the Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities—Early Childhood Personnel Center competition. The NIA established a deadline date of June 5, 2017, for the transmittal of applications. This notice reopens the competition until September 11, 2017.
No applications received in response to the NIA were funded because the applicants did not adequately address the selection criteria for the competition.
[Which states: Maximum Awards: We will reject any application that proposes a budget exceeding $2,000,000 for a single budget period of 12 months.
Estimated Number of Awards: 1.]
Therefore, we are reopening the competition to allow applicants to submit or resubmit applications that meet the requirements in the NIA, in order to ensure that State Part C and Part B, section 619 programs receive the technical assistance necessary to implement high-quality Comprehensive Systems of Personnel Development.
We have eliminated the formatting and page-limit requirements specified in the NIA. Further, the specification in the NIA that the Secretary will not consider budgets above the maximum award amount is no longer applicable. However, we will only fund a successful application up to $2,000,000 for any single budget period of 12 months.
With only one grant being given, applicants should be able to adjust their proposals to meet the requirements outlined.
If budgets of more than $2 million dollars are being considered, will the applicants seek other federal grants to support their extended budget?
With eligible applicants being charter schools and nonprofit agencies is this a way for our government to use valuable tax dollars to promote the declination of public schooling?
Accountability for educational funding is imperative!
Spending $2 million dollars on one program assists a small number of children. Wouldn’t that money be better served by aiding public school programs that already exist to actually improve the services and results for all children?
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