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Content provided by the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
84.363 School Leader Recruitment
and Support

AUTHORIZATION:

Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended., Executive Order Title II, Part B, Subpart 5, Section 2151(b).
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To provide support to eligible entities in the development of innovative programs that recruit, train, and mentor principals and assistant principals.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Grantees under this program may use funds for the following purposes: (1) providing financial incentives to aspiring new principals; (2) providing stipends to principals who mentor new principals; (3) carrying out professional development programs in instructional leadership and management; and (4) providing incentives that are appropriate for teachers or individuals from other fields who want to become principals and that are effective in retaining new principals.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   Eligible entities include: (1) high-need local educational agencies; (2) consortia of high-need local educational agencies; and (3) partnerships of high-need local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Local education agencies, school administrators, teachers, students and their parents are beneficiaries.

Credentials/Documentation:   No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. 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.

Application Procedure:   OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applications must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the regulations, instructions, forms and deadlines published in the Federal Register.

Award Procedure:   The Department of Education notifies successful applicants of awards. Negotiation and awarding of grants will be completed by the Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement staff.

Deadlines:   Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   

From 90 to 120 days.

Appeals:   

Not Applicable.

Renewals:   

Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.

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ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   

Funds are awarded for a 12-month period. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Annual progress and financial reports are required in accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations. Final performance reports must be submitted within 90 days following the end of the grant award period. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits:   This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-133. In accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations in the Appendix to 34 CFR 80, State and local governments that receive financial assistance of $100,000 or more within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made for that year. State and local governments that receive between $25,000 and $100,000 a year shall have an audit made in accordance with the Appendix to Part 80, or in accordance with Federal laws and regulations governing the programs in which they participate.

Records:   In accordance with the General Education Provisions Act and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations, certain records must be retained for three years after the end of the grant.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:  

91-0204-0-1-501.

Obligations:   (Project Grants) FY 08 $14,473,650; FY 09 est $19,220,000; FY 10 est $29,220,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  

No Data Available.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: The Department expects to make approximately 15 new awards and 26 continuation awards. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), Parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   None.

Headquarters Office:   Margarita Melendez Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Teacher Quality Programs 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: margarita.melendez@ed.gov Phone: (202) 205-3548.

Web Site Address:  
http://www.ed.gov/programs/leadership/index.html

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Fiscal Year 2015: In FY 2015, the Department funded only continuation awards, under the School Leadership program. FY 2013 School Leadership grant applications and abstracts are available at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/leadership/awards.html. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

The selection criteria contained in EDGAR, 34 CFR 75.209 and 75.210 are used to evaluate applications. Contact the program office for additional information.

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