Federal & Foundation Assistance Monitor

Education

 
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States to Create Charter Schools

This program awards grants to state educational agencies on a competitive basis enabling them to conduct charter school programs in their states. SEAs use CSP funds to award subgrants to non-SEA eligible applicants in their state. This year’s competition has six competitive preference priorities.

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Organizations to Expand Charter Schools

Eligible applicants may use their grant funds to: expand the enrollment of one or more existing charter schools by substantially increasing the number of available seats per school; or open one or more new charter schools that are based on the charter school model for which the eligible applicant has presented evidence of success.

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State Officials Provide Update on ESSA Funding Plans

At a recent Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions hearing, state education officials provide details on the innovations being implemented through the flexibility provided by the Every Student Succeeds Act (PL 114-95).

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States to Address Special Education Teaching Needs

The program promotes academic achievement to improve results for children with disabilities by providing technical assistance, supporting model demonstration projects, disseminating useful information and implementing activities supported by scientifically based research.

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New Law Reauthorizes Perkins Act

President Donald Trump signs a new bipartisan law, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (PL 115-164), to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Act (PL 109-270).

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Tribes to Improve Elementary Programs

School districts use these funds to improve elementary and secondary school programs that serve Indian students. Grantees must be focused on helping Indian students meet the same state academic content and student academic achievement standards used for all students.

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School Districts to Develop Emergency Operations Plans

SEAs will use these funds to assist school districts in developing high-quality school emergency operations plans. School districts will receive training and technical assistance on; best practices to develop school emergency plans; memoranda of understanding development with community partners (local government, law enforcement, public safety or emergency management, public health, and mental health agencies); and National Incident Management System implementation.

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Community Colleges to Upgrade Cybersecurity Programs

The program supports a pilot to implement technological upgrades for cybersecurity education programs at community colleges. The grantees will work closely with three centers operated by community colleges and funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education. These centers, which support cybersecurity education at all community colleges, are: (1) the National CyberWatch Center, based at Prince George’s Community College (Largo, MD); (2) CyberWatch West Center, based at Whatcom Community College (Bellingham, WA); and (3) Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA), based at Moraine Valley Community College (Palos Hills, IL). These centers coordinate a large network of affiliated institutions, including more than 100 community colleges.

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Education Dept. Keeping Federal Grantmaking Lively

August is traditionally a slow month for the release of federal grant solicitations, but the Offices of Elementary and Secondary Education and Postsecondary Education at the Education Dept. are bucking the trend this year. In the past few weeks, the offices have each released two solicitations wort...

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Education Fellowships to Focus on Areas of National Need

The program supports graduate fellowships for students with excellent academic records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course of study at the institution. The fellowships must focus on the following two areas of national need: (1) computer and information sciences; and (2) professional engineering. A Federal Register notice outlines the specific specializations under each area of national need.

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