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CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE

84.004:  Civil Rights Training and Advisory Services

Objectives:  To provide technical assistance and training services to school districts to cope with educational problems occasioned by race, gender, and national origin desegregation.

PROGRAM AND AWARD FINANCIAL AND INFORMATION CONTACTS
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS INFORMATION CONTACTS
RELATED PROGRAMS ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS
PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS


84.004 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:  For equity assistance centers grants, any private, nonprofit organization or any public agency may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility:  Educational personnel and elementary and secondary students in local school districts will benefit.

Credentials/Documentation:  Submission of a proposal for one or more of the sections of Title IV, Civil Rights Act of 1964. More detailed information may be found in the regulations. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations also applies.

84.004 APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:

Preapplication Coordination:  Applicants may contact the Department of Education. 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 Procedure:  This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedure:  The Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education makes final award decisions based upon the recommendation of the Director, School Improvement Programs and with the advice of a panel of reviewers.

Deadlines:  Published in the Federal Register.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:  About 30 to 90 Days.

Appeals:  Not applicable.

Renewals:  Equity assistance centers receive 3-year awards if they meet the criteria for annual continuation in the regulations. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals:  New equity assistance center applications are evaluated on the basis of selection criteria, in Section 272.30(a)-(g), addressing mission and strategy, organizational capability, plan of operation, quality of key personnel, budget and cost-effectiveness, evaluation plan, and adequacy of resources. The highest ranking application for each geographical service area is selected for an award.

Examples of Funded Projects:  Equity assistance centers provide training and technical assistance to public school districts in the States in their geographical service area. Typical activities include the dissemination of general information on such topics as successful educational practices and legal requirements related to non-discrimination on the basis of race, gender, and national origin in educational programs; training designed to develop educators' skills in specific areas, such as the identification of race and sex bias in instructional materials; and technical assistance in the identification and selection of appropriate educational programs to meet the needs of limited English speaking students. In all instances, the assistance provided is at the request of the local educational agency. State educational agencies provide similar assistance, however, State educational agencies may choose to provide assistance in race, gender, or national origin desegregation, or any combination of these three areas. State educational agency activities may be tailored to address equity areas and problems that are of the greatest priority to the State.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  The average fiscal year 1999 award was $733,000.

84.004 RELATED PROGRAMS:

  • 84.165 Magnet Schools Assistance.

84.004 PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

In fiscal year 1999, awards were made to 10 equity assistance centers. Each center is responsible for providing technical assistance on the basis of race, gender, and national origin.

84.004 FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO:

Federal Agency:  ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Type of Assistance:  Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements).

Obligations:  (Grants) FY 99 $7,334,000; FY 00 est $7,334,000; and FY 01 est $7,334,000.

Budget Account Number:  91-1000-0-1-501.

Authorization:  Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IV, as amended.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature:  34 CFR 270, 271, and 272 apply.

84.004 INFO CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:  Not applicable.

Headquarters Office:  Equity and Educational Excellence Division, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20202-6140. Contact: Sandra Brown. Phone: (202) 260-2638. Internet: Sandra_brown@ed.gov.

(See Appendix IV for more contact info.)

84.004 ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:  None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:  Funds are appropriated on an annual basis; payments are normally made on a quarterly basis.

Uses and Use Restrictions:  Funds may be used for dissemination of information regarding effective methods of coping with educational equity problems resulting from desegregation; assistance and advice in coping with these problems; and training designed to improve the ability of teachers, supervisors, counselors, parents, community members, and other elementary or secondary school personnel to deal effectively with equity problems. A recipient of a grant for race or national origin desegregation assistance under these programs may not use funds to assist in the development or implementation of activities or the development of curriculum materials for the direct instruction of students to improve their academic and vocational achievement levels. However, funds may be used to assist in the development and implementation of activities or the development of curriculum materials for the direct instruction of students of limited English proficiency (LEP), to afford these students a full opportunity to participate in all educational programs.

84.004 POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:  In accordance with OMB Circular No. A-102 (Attachments H and I) and ED General Administrative Regulations for Direct Project Grant and Contract Programs, 34 CFR 74, 75.

Audits:  In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records:  In accordance with Section 443 of the General Education Provisions Act, as amended by the Improving America's Schools Act, grantees must maintain records for 3 years.

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