[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 101 (Wednesday, May 25, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 30324-30325]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-12958]


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Regional Advisory Committees: Open Meetings

AGENCY: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department 
of Education.

ACTION: Notice of open meetings.

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SUMMARY: This notice establishes the dates for the upcoming meetings 
for the Department of Education's 10 Regional Advisory Committees 
(RACs). Notice of RAC meetings is required under Section 10(a)(2) of 
the Federal Advisory Committee Act and is intended to notify the public 
of its opportunity to participate.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Fran Walter, 202-205-9198 or at 
fran.walter@ed.gov.
    Location: All meetings will be convened on-line via webinar 
conference. Preregistration is required. Registration for each meeting 
will be open two weeks prior to the scheduled date and time of the 
meeting. The public may register for any of the webinar meetings 
through the Regional Advisory Committee Web site at http://www.seiservices.com/rac/. The number of public registrations is limited 
to 300, and registration requests will be accommodated on a first-come 
first-served basis. Individuals who will need special accommodations to 
view meeting proceedings online (i.e. interpreting services, assistive 
listening devices, materials in an alternative format) should make that 
request during the registration process at least seven days prior to 
the webinar meeting. We will attempt to meet requests after this date, 
but cannot guarantee availability of the requested accommodation. Due 
to time constraints, there will not be an opportunity for public 
comment during the webinars; however, members of the public are 
encouraged to submit written comments at http://www.seiservices.com/rac/.
    Dates/Times: Meeting times are noted in Eastern Standard Time 
(EST); except for the Pacific Region.
    Appalachia Regional Advisory Committee (Kentucky, Tennessee, 
Virginia, and West Virginia):

Tuesday, June 14, 2011: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisory Committee (Delaware, Maryland, New 
Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC):

Thursday, June 9, 2011: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 16, 2011: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Central Regional Advisory Committee (Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, 
Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wyoming):

Monday, June 13, 2011: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Monday, June 20, 2011: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Midwest Regional Advisory Committee (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, 
Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin):

Tuesday, June 14, 2011: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Northeast and Islands Regional Advisory Committee (Connecticut, 
Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, 
Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands):

Thursday, June 16, 2011: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 23, 2011: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    Northwest Regional Advisory Committee (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, 
Oregon, and Washington):

Tuesday, June 14, 2011: 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011: 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

    Southeast Regional Advisory Committee (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, 
Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina):

Monday, June 13, 2011: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Monday, June 20, 2011: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    Southwest Regional Advisory Committee (Arkansas, Louisiana, New 
Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas):

Thursday, June 16, 2011: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 23, 2011: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    West Regional Advisory Committee (Arizona, California, Nevada, and 
Utah):

Tuesday, June 14, 2011: 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011: 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

    Pacific Regional Advisory Committee (Hawaii, American Samoa, 
Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federal States of Micronesia, 
Guam, the Republic of Palau, and the Republic of Marshall Islands):

Wednesday, June 8, 2011: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Hawaii Time/12:00 p.m.-2 
p.m. Samoa Standard Time; and
Thursday, June 9, 2011: 11:00 a.m.-1 p.m. Marshall Islands Time/9:00 
a.m.-11 a.m. Guam/FSM/CNMI Time; and 8:00 a.m.-10 a.m. Palau Time)
Wednesday, June 15, 2011: 1:00 p.m-3:00 p.m. Hawaii Time/12:00 p.m.- 
2:00 p.m. Samoa Standard Time; and
Thursday, June 16, 2011: 11:00 a.m.-1 p.m. Marshall Islands Time/9:00 
a.m.-11 a.m. Guam/FSM/CNMI Time; and 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Palau Time)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Regional Advisory Committees are 
established under section 206 of the Education Technical Assistance Act 
of 2002, (20 U.S.C. 9605). The RACs are to advise the Secretary by (1) 
conducting an educational needs assessment of each region identified in 
section 174(b) of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002; and (2) 
submitting reports for each region based on the regional assessments no 
later than four months after the committees are first convened.
    Meeting Purpose: The purpose of these meetings is for each RAC to 
conduct a minimum of two 2-hour meetings to deliberate on the findings 
and to prepare their region's educational needs assessment report.

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    Meeting 1: The RACs will (1) review input received from 
stakeholders and, based on the information received, deliberate and 
make recommendations about the critical education needs of the region. 
The RACs will also (2) recommend how those educational needs could best 
be addressed.
    Meeting 2: RAC members will meet to deliberate on and finalize the 
education needs assessment report for their region.
    The public may listen to the proceedings of the meetings via real-
time webinar conferencing. Registration for each meeting will be open 
two weeks prior to the scheduled date of the meeting and close two 
hours before the meeting convenes. The public may register for the 
webinar meetings at http://www.seiservices.com/rac/. Preregistration is 
required. The number of public registrations is limited to 300, and 
requests will be accommodated on a first-come first-served basis. 
Individuals who will need special accommodations to view meeting 
proceedings online (i.e. interpreting services, assistive listening 
devices, materials in an alternative format) should indicate what 
accommodation is needed at the time of registration, at least seven 
days prior to the webinar meeting. We will attempt to meet requests 
after this date, but cannot guarantee availability of the requested 
accommodation. Due to time constraints, there will not be an 
opportunity for public comment. However, members of the public are 
encouraged to submit written comments at http://www.seiservices.com/rac/.
    A summary of each meeting will be available online at http://www.seiservices.com/rac/within fourteen days of the final meeting for 
public inspection. Feedback from this and other outreach will be used 
to inform the Comprehensive Centers Program competition in fiscal year 
(FY) 2012.

Thelma Mel[eacute]ndez de Santa Ana,
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.
[FR Doc. 2011-12958 Filed 5-24-11; 8:45 am]
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