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84.060 Indian Education_Grants to Local Educational Agencies
OFFICE OF ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, Title IX, Part A, Subpart 1, as amended, Public Law 103-382, 20 U.S.C. 7811-7818; 25 U.S.C. 2001.
Support local educational agencies in their efforts to reform elementary and secondary school programs that serve Indian students in order to ensure that programs are based on challenging State content standards and student performance standards that are used for all students, and are designed to assist Indian students meet those standards in reaching the National Education Goals.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Grantees may use funds for the establishment, maintenance, and operation of supplementary projects specifically designed to assist Indian students in meeting State content and student performance standards. Projects must be designed in response to a locally conducted needs assessment and with the full cooperation and involvement of an elected committee representing parents of the Indian students to be served. Permissible activities include, but are not limited to: (1) Culturally related activities; (2) early childhood and family programs emphasizing school readiness; and (3) enrichment programs that directly support the attainment of State content and performance standards. This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate which is refereneced under 34 CFR 76.564-76.569. For assistance call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on 202-708-7770.
Applicant Eligibility: Local educational agencies (LEAs) that enroll at least 10 Indian children or in which Indians constitute at least 25 percent of the total enrollment. These requirements do not apply to LEAs serving Indian children in Alaska, California, and Oklahoma or located on, or in proximity to, an Indian reservation. Schools that receive funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs under Section 1130 of the Education Amendments of 1978, 25 U.S.C. 2001, are deemed to be eligible to participate in this program.
Pre-application Coordination: The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency must be used for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. 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.
Formula and Matching Requirements: The Indian Education program specifies that the amount of a grant to which an LEA is entitled is computed by multiplying the number of Indian children enrolled in the LEA's schools by the average per pupil expenditure for the State in which the applicant is located, or 80 percent of the national average per pupil expenditure, whichever is greater. In setting the actual amount of a grant, an applicant's formula amount is adjusted on the basis of available appropriations. In order for an LEA to receive a grant, the appropriate State educational agency (SEA) must certify that the combined fiscal effort of that LEA and the State with respect to the provision of free public education by that LEA for the preceding fiscal year was not less than 90 percent of the combined fiscal effort for that purpose for the second preceding fiscal year. If an LEA does not meet this requirement and the Secretary does not grant a waiver for unusual circumstances, the LEA's grant award is reduced in exact proportion by which the LEA failed to meet the combined fiscal effort requirement. Bureau of Indian Affairs are exempt from the combined fiscal effort requirement. This program has no matching requirements.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Financial and performance reports are due within 90 days of the termination of the project period.
Account Identification: 91-0101-2-1-501.
In fiscal year 2001, awards were made to 1,033 LEAs, 81 BIA grant/contract schools, and 54 BIA operated schools. The projects that were funded served approximately 448,210 Indian students in elementary and secondary schools. The average per student payment was $134.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, and 86.
Regional or Local Office: Not applicable.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Instruction in reading and mathematics; counseling and guidance; native language and cultural education instruction; early childhood and family programs emphasizing school readiness; and school-to-work transition programs.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
This is a formula grant program. Applicants do not compete but rather are entitled to funds if they meet basic eligibility requirements.