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CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE

84.318:  Technology Literacy Challenge Fund Grants

Popular Name:  Technology State Formula Grants

Objectives:  To provide grants to State Education Agencies (SEAs) on a formula basis to support the development and implementation of systemic technology plans at the State, local and school levels to improve the teaching and learning of all children. States are asked to address four goals: (1) All teachers will have the training and support they need to help all students learn through computers and through the information superhighway; (2) all teachers and students will have modern computers in their classrooms; (3) every classroom will be connected to the information superhighway; and (4) effective and engaging software and online resources will be an integral part of every school curriculum. To provide discretionary grants to LEAs in States that choose not to participate in the program.

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


84.318 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:  All States, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Northern Marianas, Guam, Virgin Islands, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility:  Elementary and secondary schools, students, and teachers will benefit.

Credentials/Documentation:  None.

84.318 APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:

Preapplication Coordination:  Applications are distributed to the Chief State School Officer for all eligible SEAs. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:  An SEA is eligible for funding if it submits an application that includes a statewide education technology plan that describes: (1) long-term strategies for financing educational technology in the State, (2) how business, industry, other public and private agencies, including libraries, library literacy programs, scientific and cultural institutions, and institutions of higher education can participate in the ongoing planning, implementation and support for the plan, and (3) how the State will assist LEAs that the highest numbers or percentages of children in poverty and demonstrate the greatest need.

Award Procedure:  SEAs which submit State technology plans will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Secretary and will be awarded on a rolling basis as applications are approved.

Deadlines:  All States have approved plans. LEA should contact their SEA for deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:  State plans that are submitted will generally be reviewed within 2 months of receipt.

Appeals:  The Secretary shall not disapprove a State technology plan or State application, before offering the State an opportunity to revise the plan and a hearing. (See 34 CFR 76.202.)

Renewals:  SEAs shall annually report to the Secretary regarding progress in meeting State goals and plans. Items such as: (1) A proposal of State activities for the succeeding year; (2) a summary of the progress of LEAs in meeting local goals; and (3) a plan to increase student learning are required. Renewals are subject to the availability of resources.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals:  None.

Examples of Funded Projects:  No examples are currently available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  For fiscal year 1999, State awards range from the minimum $2,125,000 to $45,942,000; average $8,050,000.

84.318 RELATED PROGRAMS:

None.

84.318 PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

This program is designed to assist schools to employ technology to improve teaching and learning so that all students can achieve challenging standards.

84.318 FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO:

Federal Agency:  OFFICE OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Type of Assistance:  Formula Grants.

Obligations:  (Grants) FY 99 $425,000,000; FY 00 est $425,000,000; and FY 01 est $450,000,000.

Budget Account Number:  91-0500-2-1-501.

Authorization:  Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title III, Part A, Subpart 2, Section 3132. Public Law 103-382.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature:  34 CFR 76, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, and 86.

84.318 INFO CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:  Not applicable.

Headquarters Office:  Goals 2000, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW., FB6, Room 3E241, Washington, DC 20202. Contact: Patricia Gore. Phone: (202) 401-0039.

(See Appendix IV for more contact info.)

84.318 ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:  Funds are allocated to States proportionate to their share under Part A of Title I of ESEA but with a minimum allocation to any State of one-half of one percent of the amount appropriated.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:  Not applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions:  At least 95 percent of awards to SEAs must be used to make subgrants to LEAs for the following purposes: (1) To apply technology to support school reform; (2) support projects of sufficient size and scope to improve student learning; (3) acquire hardware and software to improve student learning; (4) acquire connections to telecommunications networks to obtain access to resources and services; (5) provide ongoing professional development in the integration of technology into improvements of the school curriculum; and (6) provide better educational services for adults and families.

84.318 POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:  As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for State-administered programs (34 CFR part 76). Generally, financial and performance reports are required annually.

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:  As required by EDGAR for State-Administered programs (34 CFR part 76). Generally, States and subgrantees must retain records related to grant funds and compliance for a period of 5 years.

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