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Literacy Competition to Start in September

Through a Federal Register notice, the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (DoEd) seeks insights on the proposed priorities, requirements, definitions and selection criteria for its upcoming Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy competition.

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Federal Agencies, Congress Focusing on Diversity

The Education, Housing and Urban Development and Transportation Depts. join forces to help state and local leaders increase diversity in their schools and communities and narrow opportunity gaps.

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Funding Activities Attract Congressional Scrutiny

Recent findings by the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Office of Inspector General result in a House Education and the Workforce subcommittee hearing where the chairman calls for the defunding of one of the agency’s grantees and greater program oversight.

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Agency Offers $50M Solicitation

(Deadline: July 15) The Office of Innovation and Improvement (DoEd) releases a $50 million solicitation for its Teacher Incentive Fund (CFDA Number: 84.374A) (Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-053116-002) to support performance-based teacher and principal compensation systems in high-need schools. The program hasn’t held a competition for new awards since FY 2012.

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Creative Placemaking Grantmaking Underway

The National Endowment for the Arts is seeking applications for its FY 2017 Our Town (CFDA Number: 45.024) competition. The popular program is part of the creative placemaking movement, which believes excellent art is an essential part of building a strong community, as important as land-use, transportation, education, housing, infrastructure and public safety.

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Agency Starts Competitions for Popular Programs

The Administration for Children and Families (HHS) starts competitions for two popular programs – Basic Center (CFDA Number: 93.623) and Street Outreach (CFDA Number: 93.557) – to address issues with the nation’s runaway and homeless youth populations.

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Public-Private Opportunity Accepting Proposals

(Deadline: June 16) ASCD, in collaboration with the Education Dept. and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, offers Teacher Impact Grants, a new program to strengthen professional development for the nation’s teachers that will assist in improving student outcomes. ASC...

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Agency Holding Multiple Competitions

The Housing and Urban Development Dept. is in the midst of its FY 2016 grantmaking, seeking applications for several grant competitions that will make millions of dollars in awards. The majority of grant deadlines are in June.

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Agency, New Office to Focus on STEM Achievement

The Education Dept. starts a new effort to ensure all students receive proper science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) instruction, including the creation of a new STEM office and the issuance of “Dear Colleague” letter on securing federal funding for STEM programs.

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NIH Director Touts ‘Moonshot’

At a recent Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the National Institutes of Health (HHS) FY 2017 budget request, Francis Collins, the agency’s director, provided an update on the new National Cancer Moonshot, and the proposed direction for the initiative. The president’s FY 2017 budget request for NIH is $33.1 billion, $825 million or 2.5% above the enacted FY 2016 level.

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