[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 38 (Monday, February 27, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 11505-11514]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-4551]


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Applications for New Awards; Training and Information for Parents 
of Children With Disabilities

AGENCY: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, 
Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Overview Information:

Training and Information for Parents of Children with Disabilities.
Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2012.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Numbers: 84.328C and 
84.328M.

    Note: This notice invites applications for two separate 
competitions. For key dates, contact person information, and funding 
information regarding each competition, see the table in Section II, 
Award Information.


DATES: 

    Applications Available: See table in Section II, Award Information.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: See table in Section II, 
Award Information.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: See table in Section II, 
Award Information.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of this program is to ensure that 
parents of children with disabilities receive training and information 
to help improve results for their children.
    Priorities: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv) and (v), 
these priorities are from allowable activities specified in the 
statute, or otherwise authorized in the statute (see sections 671, 672 
and 681(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)). 
Each of the absolute priorities announced in this notice corresponds to 
a separate competition as follows:

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                                                             Competition
                     Absolute priority                        CFDA No.
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1. Community Parent                                              84.328C
Resource Centers..........................................
2. Parent Training and                                           84.328M
Information Centers.......................................
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    Absolute Priorities: For FY 2012 and any subsequent year in which 
we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from these 
competitions, these priorities are absolute priorities. Under 34 CFR 
75.105(c)(3), for each competition, we consider only applications that 
meet the absolute priority for that competition.
    The priorities are:
    Absolute Priority 1--Community Parent Resource Centers (84.328C) 
and Absolute Priority 2--Parent Training and Information Centers 
(84.328M).
    Background:
    Almost 35 years of research and experience has demonstrated that 
the education of children with disabilities can be made more effective 
by strengthening the ability of parents to participate fully in the 
education of their children at school and at home (see section 
601(c)(5)(B) of IDEA).
    This notice announces two priorities that are designed to help 
ensure that parents of children with disabilities have the training and 
information they need to participate in the education of their 
children.
    Absolute Priority 1 supports Community Parent Resource Centers 
(CPRCs) designed to meet the specific needs of parents who experience 
significant isolation from available sources of information and support 
in the geographically defined communities served by the centers. These 
parents include low-income parents, parents of limited English 
proficient children, and parents with disabilities--.
    Absolute Priority 2 supports Parent Training and Information 
Centers (PTIs) designed to meet the needs of parents of children with 
disabilities living in the States, regions of the States, or 
territories served by the centers, particularly underserved parents and 
parents of children who may be inappropriately identified as having a 
disability. Under these priorities, CPRCs and PTIs will, consistent 
with sections 672 and 671 of IDEA, provide parents of children with 
disabilities with the training and information they need to enable them 
to participate cooperatively and effectively in helping their children 
to--
    (a) Meet developmental and functional goals and the challenging 
academic achievement standards that have been established for all 
children; and
    (b) Be prepared to lead productive, independent adult lives to the 
maximum extent possible.
    The following Web site provides further information on the work of 
previously funded CPRCs and PTIs: www.parentcenternetwork.org.
    Absolute Priority 1--Community Parent Resource Centers (84.328C):
    To be considered for funding under the CPRC absolute priority, 
applicants must meet the application requirements contained in the 
priority. All projects funded under the absolute priority also must 
meet the programmatic and administrative requirements specified in the 
priority.
    Application Requirements. An applicant must include in its 
application--
    (a) A plan to implement the activities described in the Project 
Activities section of this priority; and
    (b) A budget for attendance at the following:
    (1) The three-day Leadership Conference in Washington, DC during 
each year of the project period.
    (2) The two-day Regional Technical Assistance for Parent Centers 
Conference in the region in which the CPRC is located during each year 
of the project period. Applicants should refer to 
www.parentcenternetwork.org for a list of regions.
    Project Activities. To meet the requirements of this priority, the 
CPRC, at a minimum, must--
    (a) Maintain a Web site that meets government or industry-
recognized standards for accessibility;
    (b) Provide training and information that meets the training and 
information needs of parents of children with disabilities within the 
proposed targeted community to be served by the CPRC, particularly 
underserved parents and parents of children who may be inappropriately 
identified as having a disability;


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    Note: For purposes of this priority, ``targeted community to be 
served'' refers to a geographically defined, local community whose 
members experience significant isolation from available sources of 
information and support as a result of cultural, economic, 
linguistic, or other circumstances deemed appropriate by the 
Secretary.

    (c) Carry out the following activities required of parent training 
and information centers:
    (1) Serve the parents of infants, toddlers, and children, from ages 
birth through 26, with the full range of disabilities described in 
section 602(3) of IDEA.
    (2) Ensure that the training and information provided meets the 
needs of low-income parents and parents of limited English proficient 
children.
    (3) Assist parents to--
    (i) Better understand the nature of their children's disabilities 
and their educational, developmental, and transitional needs;
    (ii) Communicate effectively and work collaboratively with 
personnel responsible for providing special education, early 
intervention services, transition services, and related services;
    (iii) Participate in decision-making processes, including those 
regarding participation in State and local assessments, and the 
development of individualized education programs under Part B of IDEA 
and individualized family service plans under Part C of IDEA;
    (iv) Obtain appropriate information about the range, type, and 
quality of--
    (A) Options, programs, services, technologies, practices, and 
interventions based on scientifically based research, to the extent 
practicable; and
    (B) Resources available to assist children with disabilities and 
their families in school and at home, including information available 
through the Office of Special Education Programs' (OSEP's) technical 
assistance and dissemination centers (www.tadnet.org) and through 
communities of practice (www.tadnet.org/communities);
    (v) Understand the requirements of IDEA related to the provision of 
education and early intervention services to children with 
disabilities;
    (vi) Participate in activities at the school level that benefit 
their children; and
    (vii) Participate in school reform activities.
    (4) In States where the State elects to contract with the CPRC, 
contract with the State educational agency (SEA) to provide, consistent 
with paragraphs (B) and (D) of section 615(e)(2) of IDEA, individuals 
to meet with parents and explain the mediation process.
    (5) Assist parents in resolving disputes in the most expeditious 
and effective way possible, including encouraging the use of, and 
explaining the benefits of, alternative methods of dispute resolution 
such as the mediation process described in section 615(e) of IDEA.
    (6) Assist parents and students with disabilities to understand 
their rights and responsibilities under IDEA, including those under 
section 615(m) of IDEA upon the student's reaching the age of majority 
(as appropriate under State law).
    (7) Assist parents to understand the availability of, and how to 
effectively use, procedural safeguards provided under IDEA.
    (8) Assist parents in understanding, preparing for, and 
participating in the resolution session described in section 
615(f)(1)(B) of IDEA;
    (d) Establish cooperative partnerships with any Parent Training and 
Information Centers (PTIs) and any other CPRCs funded in the State 
under sections 671 and 672 of IDEA, respectively;
    (e) Be designed to meet the specific needs of families who 
experience significant isolation from available sources of information 
and support;
    (f) Be familiar with the provision of special education, related 
services, and early intervention services in the CPRC's targeted 
community to be served to help ensure that children with disabilities 
are receiving appropriate services;
    (g) Respond to requests from OSEP for information about the needs 
and experiences of parents served by the center to inform OSEP's 
analysis of State progress towards improving outcomes for children with 
disabilities;
    (h) Annually report to the Department on--
    (1) The number and demographics of parents to whom the CPRC 
provided information and training in the most recently concluded fiscal 
year, including additional information regarding the parents' unique 
needs and the levels of service provided to them; and
    (2) The effectiveness of strategies used to reach and serve 
parents, including underserved parents of children with disabilities, 
by providing evidence of how those parents were served effectively;
    (i) Respond to requests from the OSEP-funded National and Regional 
Parent Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), and use the technical 
assistance services of the National and Regional PTACs, in order to 
serve the families of infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities 
as efficiently as possible. Regional PTACs are charged with assisting 
parent centers with administrative and programmatic issues;
    (j) In collaboration with OSEP and the National PTAC, participate 
in an annual collection of program data for the PTIs and CPRCs funded 
under sections 671 and 672 of IDEA, respectively; and
    (k) Maintain ongoing communication with the OSEP Project Officer 
through phone conversations and email communication.
    In addition, the CPRC's board of directors must meet not less than 
once in each calendar quarter to review the activities for which the 
award was made and annually submit to the Secretary a written review of 
the CPRC's activities conducted during the preceding fiscal year.
    Competitive Preference Priority: Within this absolute priority, we 
give competitive preference to applications that meet the following 
priority. For FY 2012 and any subsequent year in which we make awards 
from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, this 
priority is a competitive preference priority.
    Competitive Preference Priority: Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) we 
award an additional 5 points to an application that meets this 
priority.
    This priority is:
    Applicants that propose to design a program with specific 
activities and services focused on meeting the unique needs of parents 
who have children enrolled in either high-poverty schools \1\ or 
persistently lowest-achieving schools \2\ within the area served by the 
CPRC.
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    \1\ For the purpose of this notice, the term ``high-poverty 
school'' means a school in which at least 50 percent of students are 
eligible for free or reduced-price lunches under the Richard B. 
Russell National School Lunch Act or in which at least 50 percent of 
students are from low-income families as determined using one of the 
criteria specified under section 1113(a)(5) of the Elementary and 
Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended. For middle and high 
schools, eligibility may be calculated on the basis of comparable 
data from feeder schools. Eligibility as a high-poverty school under 
this definition is determined on the basis of the most currently 
available data.
    \2\ For the purpose of this notice, the term ``persistently 
lowest-achieving schools means'', as determined by the State--(i) 
Any Title I school in improvement, corrective action, or 
restructuring that (a) Is among the lowest-achieving five percent of 
Title I schools in improvement, corrective action, or restructuring 
or the lowest-achieving five Title I schools in improvement, 
corrective action, or restructuring in the State, whichever number 
of schools is greater; or (b) Is a high school that has had a 
graduation rate as defined in 34 CFR 200.19(b) that is less than 60 
percent over a number of years; and (ii) Any secondary school that 
is eligible for, but does not receive, Title I funds that--(a) Is 
among the lowest-achieving five percent of secondary schools or the 
lowest-achieving five secondary schools in the State that are 
eligible for, but do not receive, Title I funds, whichever number of 
schools is greater; or (b) Is a high school that has had a 
graduation rate as defined in 34 CFR 200.19(b) that is less than 60 
percent over a number of years.
    To identify the persistently lowest-achieving schools, a State 
must take into account both--(i) The academic achievement of the 
``all students'' group in a school in terms of proficiency on the 
State's assessments under section 1111(b)(3) of the ESEA in reading/
language arts and mathematics combined; and (ii) The school's lack 
of progress on those assessments over a number of years in the ``all 
students'' group.


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    Note: The 5 points an applicant can earn under this competitive 
preference priority are in addition to those points awarded under 
the selection criteria for this competition (see Selection Criteria 
in section V in this notice). That is, an applicant meeting the 
competitive preference priority could earn a maximum total of 105 
points.

    Absolute Priority 2--Parent Training and Information Centers 
(84.328M):
    To be considered for funding under the PTIs absolute priority, 
applicants must meet the application requirements contained in the 
priority. All projects funded under the absolute priority also must 
meet the programmatic and administrative requirements specified in the 
priority.
    Application Requirements. An applicant must include in its 
application--
    (a) A logic model that depicts, at a minimum, the goals, 
activities, outputs, and outcomes of the proposed project. A logic 
model communicates how a project will achieve its outcomes and provides 
a framework for both the formative and summative evaluations of the 
project;

    Note: The following Web site provides more information on logic 
models: www.tadnet.org/model_and_performance.

    (b) A plan to implement the activities described in the Project 
Activities section of this priority;
    (c) A plan, linked to the proposed project's logic model, for a 
formative evaluation of the proposed project's activities. The plan 
must describe how the formative evaluation will use clear performance 
objectives to ensure continuous improvement in the operation of the 
proposed project, including objective measures of progress in 
implementing the project and ensuring the quality of products and 
services;
    (d) A budget for attendance at the following:
    (1) The three-day Leadership Conference in Washington, DC during 
each year of the project period.
    (2) The two-day Regional Technical Assistance for Parent Centers 
Conference, in the region in which the PTI is located, during each year 
of the project period. Applicants should refer to 
www.parentcenternetwork.org for a list of regions; and
    (e) A description specifying the special efforts the PTI will make 
to:
    (1) Ensure that the needs for training and information of 
underserved parents of children with disabilities in the area to be 
served, including parents of children attending high-poverty schools 
(as defined in footnote 1) and the State's persistently lowest-
achieving schools (as defined in footnote 2), are effectively met; and
    (2) Work with community-based organizations, including those that 
work with low-income parents and parents of limited English proficient 
children.
    Project Activities. To meet the requirements of this priority, the 
PTI, at a minimum, must--
    (a) Maintain a Web site that contains, at a minimum, a current 
calendar of upcoming events, free informational publications for 
families, and links to webinars or other online multimedia resources. 
The Web site must also meet government or industry-recognized standards 
for accessibility. Applicants can find more information regarding Web 
site accessibility at: http://webaim.org;
    (b) Provide training and information that meets the training and 
information needs of parents of children with disabilities living in 
the area served by the PTI, particularly underserved parents and 
parents of children who may be inappropriately identified as having a 
disability and including parents of children attending high-poverty 
schools and the State's persistently lowest-achieving schools;
    (c) Serve the parents of infants, toddlers, and children from ages 
birth through 26, with the full range of disabilities described in 
section 602(3) of IDEA;
    (d) Ensure that the training and information provided meets the 
needs of low-income parents and parents of limited English proficient 
children;
    (e) Assist parents to--
    (1) Better understand the nature of their children's disabilities 
and their educational, developmental, and transitional needs;
    (2) Communicate effectively and work collaboratively with personnel 
responsible for providing special education, early intervention 
services, transition services, and related services;
    (3) Participate in decision-making processes, including those 
regarding participation in State and local assessments, and the 
development of individualized education programs under Part B of IDEA 
and individualized family service plans under Part C of IDEA;
    (4) Obtain appropriate information about the range, type and 
quality of--
    (i) Options, programs, services, technologies, practices, and 
interventions that are based on scientifically based research, to the 
extent practicable; and
    (ii) Resources available to assist children with disabilities and 
their families in school and at home, including information available 
through OSEP's technical assistance and dissemination centers 
(www.tadnet.org) and through communities of practice (www.tadnet.org/communities);
    (5) Understand the requirements of IDEA related to the provision of 
education and early intervention services to children with 
disabilities;
    (6) Participate in activities at the school level that benefit 
their children; and
    (7) Participate in school reform activities;
    (f) In States where the State elects to contract with the PTIs, 
contract with the State educational agency (SEA) to provide, consistent 
with paragraphs (B) and (D) of section 615(e)(2) of IDEA, individuals 
to meet with parents and explain the mediation process;
    (g) Assist parents in resolving disputes in the most expeditious 
and effective way possible, including encouraging the use of, and 
explaining the benefits of, alternative methods of dispute resolution 
such as the mediation process described in section 615(e) of IDEA;
    (h) Assist parents and students with disabilities to understand 
their rights and responsibilities under IDEA, including those under 
section 615(m) of IDEA upon the student's reaching the age of majority 
(as appropriate under State law);
    (i) Assist parents to understand the availability of, and how to 
effectively use, procedural safeguards provided under IDEA;
    (j) Assist parents in understanding, preparing for, and 
participating in the resolution session described in section 
615(f)(1)(B) of IDEA;
    (k) Establish cooperative partnerships with any CPRCs and any other 
PTIs funded in the State under sections 672 and 671 of IDEA, 
respectively;
    (l) Network with appropriate clearinghouses, including 
organizations conducting national dissemination activities under 
section 663 of IDEA and the Department's Institute of Education 
Sciences, and with other national, State, and local organizations and 
agencies such as protection and advocacy

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agencies that serve parents and families of children with the full 
range of disabilities described in section 602(3) of IDEA;
    (m) Respond to requests from OSEP for information about the needs 
and experiences of parents served by the center to inform OSEP's 
analysis of State progress towards improving outcomes for children with 
disabilities;
    (n) Annually report to the Department on--
    (1) The number and demographics of parents to whom the PTI provided 
information and training in the most recently concluded fiscal year, 
including additional information regarding the parents' unique needs 
and the levels of service provided to them; and
    (2) The effectiveness of strategies used to reach and serve 
parents, including underserved parents of children with disabilities 
such as parents of children attending high-poverty schools and the 
State's persistently lowest achieving schools, by providing evidence of 
how those parents were served effectively;
    (o) Respond to requests from the OSEP-funded National and Regional 
PTACs and use the technical assistance services of the National and 
Regional PTACs in order to serve the families of infants, toddlers, and 
children with disabilities as efficiently as possible. Regional PTACs 
are charged with assisting parent centers with administrative and 
programmatic issues;
    (p) In collaboration with OSEP and the National PTAC, participate 
in an annual collection of program data for the PTIs and CPRCs funded 
under sections 671 and 672 of IDEA, respectively; and
    (q) Maintain ongoing communication with the OSEP Project Officer 
through phone conversations and email communication.
    In addition, the PTI's board of directors must meet not less than 
once in each calendar quarter to review the activities for which the 
award was made and annually submit to the Secretary a written review of 
the PTI's activities conducted during the preceding fiscal year.
    Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking: Under the Administrative Procedure 
Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553) the Department generally offers interested 
parties the opportunity to comment on proposed priorities and 
requirements. Section 681(d) of IDEA, however, makes the public comment 
requirements of the APA inapplicable to the priorities in this notice.
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1471, 1472, and 1481.
    Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 
85, 97, 98, and 99.

    Note:  The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants 
except federally recognized Indian tribes.

II. Award Information

    Type of Awards: Discretionary grants.
    Estimated Available Funds: $11,094,041. Contingent upon the 
availability of funds and the quality of applications, we may make 
additional awards in FY 2013 from the list of unfunded applicants from 
the competitions.
    Please refer to the ``Estimated Available Funds'' column of the 
table in this section for the estimated dollar amounts for individual 
competitions. Information concerning funding amounts for individual 
States and target populations for the 84.328M competition is provided 
in the ``Maximum Award'' column.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: See table.
    Maximum Award: See table.
    Estimated Number of Awards: See table.
    Project Period: See table.

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                 Individuals With Disabilities Education Act Training and Information for Parents of Children With Disabilities Program Application Notice for Fiscal Year 2012
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                                                                                                    Estimated    Estimated     Maximum     Estimated
                                                           Deadline for          Deadline for       available     average      award $     number of
        CFDA No. and name             Applications        transmittal of      intergovernmental      funds $      size of     (See Notes     awards       Project      Page     Contact  person
                                       available           applications             review          (See Note   awards (See   1, 3, and    (See Note       period      limit
                                                                                                        2)        Note 2)         4)           2)
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84.328C Community Parent          February 27, 2012..  April 27, 2012.....  June 26, 2012........   $1,100,000     $100,000     $100,000           11  Up to 48 mos.      50  Carmen Sanchez
 Resource Centers.                                                                                                                                                             (202) 245-6595
                                                                                                                                                                               PCP-4057
84.328M Parent Training and       February 27, 2012..  April 27, 2012.....  June 26, 2012........    9,994,041      354,901  ...........           27  Up to 36 mos.      70  Lisa Gorove (202)
 Information Centers (See Note                                                                                                                          (See Note 3)           245-7357 PCP-4048
 3).
Arkansas........................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      258,634
California
    Region 1....................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      791,336
    Region 2....................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      648,741
    Region 3....................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      220,881
    Region 4....................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      577,426
    Region 5....................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      220,881
Connecticut.....................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      276,016
Georgia.........................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      664,791
Illinois
    Region 1....................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      548,612
    Region 2....................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      281,878
Kansas..........................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      292,033
Michigan
    Region 1....................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      239,170
    Region 2....................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      403,970
Montana.........................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      227,965
Nebraska........................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      224,894
New Jersey......................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      496,829
New Mexico......................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      277,918
Ohio
    Region 1....................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      241,824
    Region 2....................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      468,392
Oregon..........................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      283,548
South Carolina..................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      289,373
Texas
    Region 1....................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      667,779
    Region 2....................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      667,779
    Region 3....................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      377,223
Utah............................  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........      246,148
Outlying Areas
    American Samoa..............  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........       50,000
    Commonwealth of the Northern  ...................  ...................  .....................  ...........  ...........       50,000
     Marianas.
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    Note 1: We will reject any application that proposes a budget 
exceeding the maximum award for a single budget period of 12 months. 
The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative 
Services may change the maximum amount through a notice published in 
the Federal Register.


    Note 2: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 
notice.


    Note 3: For the Parent Training and Information Centers, CFDA 
Number 84.328M competition:
    Project Period: In order to allocate resources equitably, create 
a unified system of service delivery, and provide the broadest 
coverage for the parents and families in every State, the Department 
is making awards to PTIs in three-year cycles for each State. In FY 
2012, applications for three-year awards will be accepted for the 
following States and outlying areas: American Samoa, Arkansas, 
California, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, 
Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, 
New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and 
Utah. These projects will be funded for a period up to 36 months.
    Estimated Project Awards: Project award amounts are for a single 
budget period of 12 months. To ensure maximum coverage for this 
competition, the Department has established regional service areas 
within California, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas and has 
identified corresponding maximum award amounts for each region. 
Applicants for these States must submit a separate application for 
each of the regions they propose to serve.
    The Department took into consideration current funding levels, 
population distribution, poverty rates, and low-density enrollment 
when determining the award amounts for grants under this 
competition. In the following States, one award may be made for up 
to the amounts listed in the table to a qualified applicant for a 
PTI Center to serve the entire State.
    Arkansas: $258,634.
    Connecticut: $276,16.
    Georgia: $664,791.
    Kansas: $292,033.
    Montana: $227,965.
    Nebraska: $224,894.
    New Jersey: $496,829.
    New Mexico: $277,918.
    Oregon: $283,548.
    South Carolina: $289,373.
    Utah: $246,148.
    In California one award up to the amount listed will be made to 
a qualified applicant for a PTI Center to serve each identified 
region. A list of the counties that are included in each region 
follows.
    Region 1 (Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Ventura): 
$791,336.
    Region 2 (Imperial, Inyo, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San 
Bernardino, San Diego): $648,741.
    Region 3 (Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, 
Monterey, Stanislaus, San Benito, Tulare): $220,881.
    Region 4 (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, Santa 
Cruz, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma, Yolo): 
577,426.
    Region 5 (Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, 
El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, 
Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, 
Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yuba): $220,881.
    In Illinois, one award up to the amount listed will be made to a 
qualified applicant for a PTI Center to serve each identified 
region. A list of the counties that are included in each region 
follows.
    Region 1 (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, 
Will): $548,612.
    Region 2 (includes the remainder of the State): $281,878.
    In Michigan, one award up to the amount listed will be made to a 
qualified applicant for a PTI Center to serve each identified 
region. A list of the counties that are included in each region 
follows.
    Region 1 (Oakland, Macomb, Wayne): $239,170.
    Region 2 (includes the remainder of the State): $403,970.
    In Ohio one award will be made to a qualified applicant for a 
PTI Center to serve each identified region. A list of the counties 
that are included in each region follows.
    Region 1 (Adams, Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, 
Clinton, Darke, Fayette, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Jackson, 
Lawrence, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Pike, Preble, Ross, Scioto, 
Shelby, Warren): $241,824.
    Region 2 (includes the remainder of the State): $468,392.
    In Texas, one award up to the amount listed will be made to a 
qualified applicant for a PTI Center to serve each identified 
region. A list of the counties that are included in each region 
follows.
    Region 1 (Anderson, Angelina, Archer, Austin, Bastrop, Baylor, 
Bell, Blanco, Bosque, Bowie, Brazos, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, 
Camp, Casa, Cass, Cherokee, Clay, Collin, Comal, Cooke, Coryell, 
Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Falls, Fannin, Fayette, Foard, 
Franklin, Freestone, Gillespie, Gonzales, Grayson, Gregg, Grimes, 
Guadalupe, Hamilton, Hardeman, Hardin, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, 
Hill, Hood, Hopkins, Houston, Hunt, Jack, Jasper, Jefferson, 
Johnson, Kaufman, Kendall, Knox, Marion, Madison, McLennan, Lamar, 
Lampass, Leon, Limestone, Llano, Lee, Madison, Marion, Milam, Mills, 
Montague, Montgomery, Morris, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Newton, Orange, 
Palo Pinto, Panola, Parker, Polk, Rains, Red River, Rockwall, 
Robertson, Rusk, Tarrant, Titus, Travis, Trinity, San Jacinto, 
Smith, Upshur, Shelby, San Augustine, Sabine, Smith, Somervell, 
Throckmorton, Tyler, Van Zandt, Walker, Washington, Wilbarger, 
Williamson, Wichita, Wise, Wood, Young): $667,779.
    Region 2 (Aransas, Atascosa, Bandera, Bee, Bexar, Brooks, 
Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Dimmit, Duval, Frio, 
Galveston, Goliad, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kenedy, 
Kerr, Kinney, Kleberg, La Salle, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, 
Maverick, McMullen, Medina, Nueces, Real, San Patricio, Starr, 
Uvalde, Webb, Willacy, Wilson, Zapata, Zavala): $667,779.
    Region 3 (Andrews, Armstrong, Bailey, Borden, Brewster, Briscoe, 
Brown, Callahan, Carson, Castro, Childress, Cochran, Coke, Coleman, 
Collingsworth, Concho, Cottle, Crane, Crockett, Crosby, Culberson, 
Dallam, Dawson, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Eastland, Ector, 
Edwards, El Paso, Fisher, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Glasscock, Gray, 
Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Haskell, Hemphill, Hockley, Howard, 
Hudspeth, Hutchinson, Irion, Jeff Davis, Jones, Kent, Kimble, King, 
Lamb, Lipscomb, Loving, Lubbock, Lynn, Martin, Mason, McCulloch, 
Menard, Midland, Mitchell, Moore, Motley, Nolan, Ochiltree, Oldham, 
Parmer, Pecos, Potter, Presidio, Randall, Reagan, Reeves, Roberts, 
Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Scurry, Shackelford, Sherman, 
Stephens, Sterling, Stonewall, Sutton, Swisher, Taylor, Terrell, 
Terry, Tom Green, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, Wheeler, Winkler, Yoakum): 
$377,223.
    One award up to the amount listed may be made to a qualified 
applicant for a PTI center to serve the outlying areas as follows:
    American Samoa: $50,000.
    Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands: $50,000.


    Note 4: Consistent with 34 CFR 75.104(b), we will reject any 
application that proposes a project funding level for any year that 
exceeds the stated maximum award amount for that year.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
       Absolute priority                   Eligible applicants
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1. Community Parent Resource     Local parent organizations.
 Centers (84.328C).
2. Parent Training and           Parent organizations.
 Information Centers (84.328M).
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Note: Under section 672(a)(2) of IDEA, a ``local parent 
organization'' is a parent organization (as that term is defined in 
section 671(a)(2) of IDEA) that--
    (a) Has a board of directors, the majority of whom are parents of 
children with disabilities ages birth through 26 from the community to 
be served.
    (b) Has as its mission serving parents of children with 
disabilities from that

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community who (1) are ages birth through 26, and (2) have the full 
range of disabilities as defined in section 602(3) of IDEA.
    Section 671(a)(2) of IDEA defines a ``parent organization'' as a 
private nonprofit organization (other than an institution of higher 
education) that--
    (a) Has a board of directors--
    (1) The majority of whom are parents of children with disabilities 
ages birth through 26;
    (2) That includes--
    (i) Individuals working in the fields of special education, related 
services, and early intervention;
    (ii) Individuals with disabilities; and
    (3) The parent and professional members of which are broadly 
representative of the population to be served, including low-income 
parents and parents of limited English proficient children; and
    (b) Has as its mission serving families of children with 
disabilities who are ages birth through 26, and have the full range of 
disabilities described in section 602(3) of IDEA.
    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost 
sharing or matching.
    3. Other: General Requirements--(a) The projects funded under this 
program must make positive efforts to employ and advance in employment 
qualified individuals with disabilities (see section 606 of IDEA).
    (b) Applicants and grant recipients funded under this program must 
involve individuals with disabilities or parents of individuals with 
disabilities ages birth through 26 in planning, implementing, and 
evaluating the projects (see section 682(a)(1)(A) of IDEA).

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package: You can obtain an 
application package via the Internet, from the Education Publications 
Center (ED Pubs), or from the program office.
    To obtain a copy via the Internet, use the following address: 
www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html. To obtain a copy from 
ED Pubs, write, fax, or call the following: ED Pubs, U.S. Department of 
Education, P.O. Box 22207, Alexandria, VA 22304. Telephone, toll free: 
1-877-433-7827. Fax: (703) 605-6794. If you use a telecommunications 
device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call, toll free: 
1-877-576-7734.
    You can contact ED Pubs at its Web site, also: www.EDPubs.gov or at 
its email address: edpubs@inet.ed.gov.
    If you request an application package from ED Pubs, be sure to 
identify the competition to which you want to apply, as follows: CFDA 
Number 84.328C or 84.328M.
    To obtain a copy from the program office, contact one of the 
persons listed in the chart under section II. Award Information of this 
notice.
    Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application 
package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, 
or compact disc) by contacting the person or team listed under 
Accessible Format in section VIII of this notice.
    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements 
concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you 
must submit, are in the application package for each competition.
    Page Limit: The application narrative (Part III of the application) 
is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that 
reviewers use to evaluate your application. You must limit Part III to 
the equivalent of no more than the number of pages listed under ``Page 
Limit'' for that competition in the chart under II. Award Information, 
using the following standards:
     A ``page'' is 8.5 x 11, on one side 
only, with 1'' margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.
     Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) 
all text in the application narrative, including titles, headings, 
footnotes, quotations, references, and captions.
     Use a font that is either 12 point or larger or no smaller 
than 10 pitch (characters per inch).
     Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, 
Courier New, or Arial. An application submitted in any other font 
(including Times Roman or Arial Narrow) will not be accepted.
    The page limit does not apply to Part I, the cover sheet; Part II, 
the budget section, including the narrative budget justification; Part 
IV, the assurances and certifications; or the one-page abstract, the 
resumes, the bibliography, the references, or the letters of support. 
However, the page limit does apply to all of the application narrative 
section (Part III).
    We will reject your application if you exceed the page limit; or if 
you apply other standards and exceed the equivalent of the page limit.
    3. Submission Dates and Times:
    Applications Available: See table in Section II, Award Information.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: See table in Section II, 
Award Information.
    Applications for grants under each competition may be submitted 
electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov), or in 
paper format by mail or hand delivery. For information (including dates 
and times) about how to submit your application electronically, or in 
paper format by mail or hand delivery, please refer to section IV. 7. 
Other Submission Requirements of this notice.
    We do not consider an application that does not comply with the 
deadline requirements.
    Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact 
the person listed under For Further Information Contact in section VII 
of this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the 
application process, the individual's application remains subject to 
all other requirements and limitations in this notice.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: See chart.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive 
Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about 
Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order 
12372 is in the application package for each competition.
    5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    6. Data Universal Numbering System Number, Taxpayer Identification 
Number, and Central Contractor Registry: To do business with the 
Department of Education, you must--
    a. Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a 
Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);
    b. Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the Central 
Contractor Registry (CCR), the Government's primary registrant 
database;
    c. Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your application; and
    d. Maintain an active CCR registration with current information 
while your application is under review by the Department and, if you 
are awarded a grant, during the project period.
    You can obtain a DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet. A DUNS number 
can be created within one business day.
    If you are a corporate entity, agency, institution, or 
organization, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal Revenue Service. 
If you are an individual, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal 
Revenue Service or the Social Security Administration. If you need a 
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please allow 2-5 weeks for your TIN to become active.
    The CCR registration process may take five or more business days to 
complete. If you are currently registered with the CCR, you may not 
need to make any changes. However, please make certain that the TIN 
associated with your DUNS number is correct. Also note that you will 
need to update your CCR registration on an annual basis. This may take 
three or more business days to complete.
    In addition, if you are submitting your application via Grants.gov, 
you must (1) be designated by your organization as an Authorized 
Organization Representative (AOR); and (2) register yourself with 
Grants.gov as an AOR. Details on these steps are outlined at the 
following Grants.gov Web page: www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp.
    7. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under 
each competition announced in this notice may be submitted 
electronically or in paper format by mail or hand delivery.
    a. Electronic Submission of Applications.
    We are participating as a partner in the Governmentwide Grants.gov 
Apply site. The Training and Information for Parents of Children with 
Disabilities Program competitions, CFDA numbers 84.328C and 84.328M, 
are included in this project. We request your participation in 
Grants.gov.
    If you choose to submit your application electronically, you must 
use the Governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site at www.Grants.gov. Through 
this site, you will be able to download a copy of the application 
package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit your 
application. You may not email an electronic copy of a grant 
application to us.
    You may access the electronic grant application for the Training 
and Information for Parents of Children with Disabilities Program 
competitions, CFDA numbers 84.328C and 84.328M at www.Grants.gov. You 
must search for the downloadable application package for this program 
by the CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number's alpha suffix in 
your search (e.g., search for 84.328, not 84.328M).
    Please note the following:
     Your participation in Grants.gov is voluntary.
     When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find 
information about submitting an application electronically through the 
site, as well as the hours of operation.
     Applications received by Grants.gov are date and time 
stamped. Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted and must 
be date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system no later than 4:30 
p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Except as 
otherwise noted in this section, we will not accept your application if 
it is received--that is, date and time stamped by the Grants.gov 
system--after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application 
deadline date. We do not consider an application that does not comply 
with the deadline requirements. When we retrieve your application from 
Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are rejecting your application 
because it was date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system after 
4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date.
     The amount of time it can take to upload an application 
will vary depending on a variety of factors, including the size of the 
application and the speed of your Internet connection. Therefore, we 
strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline 
date to begin the submission process through Grants.gov.
     You should review and follow the Education Submission 
Procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov that are 
included in the application package for this program to ensure that you 
submit your application in a timely manner to the Grants.gov system. 
You can also find the Education Submission Procedures pertaining to 
Grants.gov under News and Events on the Department's G5 system home 
page at www.G5.gov.
     You will not receive additional point value because you 
submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you 
if you submit your application in paper format.
     If you submit your application electronically, you must 
submit all documents electronically, including all information you 
typically provide on the following forms: the Application for Federal 
Assistance (SF 424), the Department of Education Supplemental 
Information for SF 424, Budget Information--Non-Construction Programs 
(ED 524), and all necessary assurances and certifications.
     If you submit your application electronically, you must 
upload any narrative sections and all other attachments to your 
application as files in a .PDF (Portable Document) read-only, non-
modifiable format. Do not upload an interactive or fillable .PDF file. 
If you upload a file type other than a read-only, non-modifiable .PDF 
or submit a password-protected file, we will not review that material. 
Additional, detailed information on how to attach files is in the 
application instructions.
     Your electronic application must comply with any page-
limit requirements described in this notice.
     After you electronically submit your application, you will 
receive from Grants.gov an automatic notification of receipt that 
contains a Grants.gov tracking number. (This notification indicates 
receipt by Grants.gov only, not receipt by the Department.) The 
Department then will retrieve your application from Grants.gov and send 
a second notification to you by email. This second notification 
indicates that the Department has received your application and has 
assigned your application a PR/Award number (an ED-specified 
identifying number unique to your application).
     We may request that you provide us original signatures on 
forms at a later date.
    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of Technical Issues 
with the Grants.gov System: If you are experiencing problems submitting 
your application through Grants.gov, please contact the Grants.gov 
Support Desk, toll free, at 1-800-518-4726. You must obtain a 
Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number and must keep a record of it.
    If you are prevented from electronically submitting your 
application on the application deadline date because of technical 
problems with the Grants.gov system, we will grant you an extension 
until 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, the following business day to 
enable you to transmit your application electronically or by hand 
delivery. You also may mail your application by following the mailing 
instructions described elsewhere in this notice.
    If you submit an application after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, 
on the application deadline date, please contact the person listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII of this notice and 
provide an explanation of the technical problem you experienced with 
Grants.gov, along with the Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number. We will 
accept your application if we can confirm that a technical problem 
occurred with the Grants.gov system and that that problem affected your 
ability to submit your application by 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, 
on the application deadline date. The Department will contact you after 
a determination is made on whether your application will be accepted.
    Note: The extensions to which we refer in this section apply only 
to the unavailability of, or technical problems

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with, the Grants.gov system. We will not grant you an extension if you 
failed to fully register to submit your application to Grants.gov 
before the application deadline date and time or if the technical 
problem you experienced is unrelated to the Grants.gov system.
    b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail.
    If you submit your application in paper format by mail (through the 
U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier), you must mail the 
original and two copies of your application, on or before the 
application deadline date, to the Department at the following address:

U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: 
(CFDA Number 84.328C or 84.328M), LBJ Basement Level 1, 400 Maryland 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20202-4260.

    You must show proof of mailing consisting of one of the following:
    (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark.
    (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the 
U.S. Postal Service.
    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial 
carrier.
    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the 
U.S. Department of Education.
    If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do 
not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:
    (1) A private metered postmark.
    (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.
    If your application is postmarked after the application deadline 
date, we will not consider your application.

    Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated 
postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your 
local post office.

    c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery.
    If you submit your application in paper format by hand delivery, 
you (or a courier service) must deliver the original and two copies of 
your application by hand, on or before the application deadline date, 
to the Department at the following address:

U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: 
(CFDA Number 84.328C or 84.328M), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, 
Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-4260.

    The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily 
between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, except Saturdays, 
Sundays, and Federal holidays.
    Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If you mail 
or hand deliver your application to the Department--
    (1) You must indicate on the envelope and--if not provided by the 
Department--in Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number, including suffix 
letter, if any, of the competition under which you are submitting your 
application; and
    (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a notification 
of receipt of your grant application. If you do not receive this 
notification within 15 business days from the application deadline 
date, you should call the U.S. Department of Education Application 
Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this program are 
from 34 CFR 75.210 and are listed in the application package.
    2. Review and Selection Process: We remind potential applicants 
that in reviewing applications in any discretionary grant competition, 
the Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3), the past 
performance of the applicant in carrying out a previous award, such as 
the applicant's use of funds, achievement of project objectives, and 
compliance with grant conditions. The Secretary may also consider 
whether the applicant failed to submit a timely performance report or 
submitted a report of unacceptable quality.
    In addition, in making a competitive grant award, the Secretary 
also requires various assurances including those applicable to Federal 
civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or 
activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department 
of Education (34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).
    3. Additional Review and Selection Process Factors: In the past, 
the Department has had difficulty finding peer reviewers for certain 
competitions because so many individuals who are eligible to serve as 
peer reviewers have conflicts of interest. The Standing Panel 
requirements under IDEA also have placed additional constraints on the 
availability of reviewers. Therefore, the Department has determined 
that, for some discretionary grant competitions, applications may be 
separated into two or more groups and ranked and selected for funding 
within specific groups. This procedure will make it easier for the 
Department to find peer reviewers, by ensuring that greater numbers of 
individuals who are eligible to serve as reviewers for any particular 
group of applicants will not have conflicts of interest. It also will 
increase the quality, independence, and fairness of the review process, 
while permitting panel members to review applications under 
discretionary grant competitions for which they also have submitted 
applications. However, if the Department decides to select an equal 
number of applications in each group for funding, this may result in 
different cut-off points for fundable applications in each group.
    4. Special Conditions: Under 34 CFR 74.14 and 80.12, the Secretary 
may impose special conditions on a grant if the applicant or grantee is 
not financially stable; has a history of unsatisfactory performance; 
has a financial or other management system that does not meet the 
standards in 34 CFR parts 74 or 80, as applicable; has not fulfilled 
the conditions of a prior grant; or is otherwise not responsible.

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your 
U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award 
Notification (GAN). We may notify you informally, also.
    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, 
we notify you.
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify 
administrative and national policy requirements in the application 
package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable 
Regulations section of this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of 
an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and 
include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also 
incorporates your approved application as part of your binding 
commitments under the grant.
    3. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under this competition, 
you must ensure that you have in place the necessary processes and 
systems to comply with the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 170 
should you receive funding under the competition. This does not apply 
if you have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b).
    (b) At the end of your project period, you must submit a final 
performance report, including financial information, as directed by the 
Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an annual 
performance report that provides the most current performance and 
financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary under 34 
CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more frequent

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performance reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements 
on reporting, please go to www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.
    4. Performance Measures: Under the Government Performance and 
Results Act of 1993, the Department has established a set of 
performance measures, including long-term measures, that are designed 
to yield information on various aspects of the effectiveness and 
quality of the Training and Information for Parents of Children with 
Disabilities program. The measures focus on the extent to which 
projects provide high-quality materials, the relevance of project 
products and services to educational and early intervention policy and 
practice, and the usefulness of products and services to improve 
educational and early intervention policy and practice.
    Grantees will be required to provide information related to these 
measures in annual reports submitted to the Department.
    Grantees also will be required to report information on their 
projects' performance in annual reports to the Department (34 CFR 
75.590).
    5. Continuation Awards: In making a continuation award, the 
Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.253, the extent to which a 
grantee has made ``substantial progress toward meeting the objectives 
in its approved application.'' This consideration includes the review 
of a grantee's progress in meeting the targets and projected outcomes 
in its approved application, and whether the grantee has expended funds 
in a manner that is consistent with its approved application and 
budget. In making a continuation award, the Secretary also considers 
whether the grantee is operating in compliance with the assurances in 
its approved application, including those applicable to Federal civil 
rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities 
receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department (34 CFR 
100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).

VII. Agency Contact

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: See the chart under section II. Award 
Information of this notice for the name, room number, and telephone 
number of the contact person for each competition. You can write to the 
contact person at the following address: U.S. Department of Education, 
400 Maryland Avenue SW., Potomac Center Plaza (PCP), Washington, DC 
20202-2550.
    If you use a TDD or a TTY, call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), 
toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

VIII. Other Information

    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this 
document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format 
(e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or computer disc) by contacting 
the Grants and Contracts Services Team, U.S. Department of Education, 
400 Maryland Avenue SW., room 5075, PCP, Washington, DC 20202-2550. 
Telephone: (202) 245-7363. If you use a TDD or a TTY, call the FRS, 
toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.
    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this 
document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free 
Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the 
Code of Federal Regulations is available via the Federal Digital System 
at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys. At this site you can view this document, as well 
as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal 
Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). To use PDF 
you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the 
site.
    You may also access documents of the Department published in the 
Federal Register by using the article search feature at: 
www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search 
feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published 
by the Department.

    Dated: February 21, 2012.
Alexa Posny,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
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