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AGENCY:

Office of Special Education Programs, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education.

ACTION:

Notice of final extension of project period and waiver for the Center for Students With Disabilities Involved With and at Risk of Involvement With the Juvenile Justice System.

SUMMARY:

The Secretary waives the requirements in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR 75.250 and 75.261(a), that generally prohibit project periods exceeding five years and extensions of project periods involving the obligation of additional Federal funds. This final extension of project period and waiver will enable the currently funded Center for Students With Disabilities Involved With and at Risk of Involvement With the Juvenile Justice System to receive funding from August 31, 2004 until August 31, 2005.

DATES:

This notice is effective August 26, 2004.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Renee Bradley, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 4105, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-2641. Telephone: (202) 245-7277 or via Internet: renee.bradley@ed.gov

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On July 28, 2004, we published a notice in the Federal Register (69 FR 45023) proposing an extension of project period and waiver in order to—

(1) Enable the Secretary to provide additional funds to the currently funded center for an additional 12-month period until August 30, 2005; and

(2) Request comments on the proposed extension and waiver.

There are no differences between the notice of proposed extension of project period and waiver and this notice of final extension of project period and waiver.

Public Comment

In the notice of proposed extension of project period and waiver, we invited comments. Eleven parties submitted comments in agreement with the proposal to extend the grant period of the current grantee. We did not receive any comments opposing the proposed extension of project period and waiver. Generally, we do not address technical and other minor changes, as well as suggested changes the law does not authorize us to make. Moreover, we do not address comments that do not express views on the substance of the notice of proposed extension of project period and waiver.

Waiver of Delayed Effective Date

The Administrative Procedure Act requires that a substantive rule shall be published at least 30 days before its effective date, except as otherwise provided for good cause (20 U.S.C. 553(d)(3)). During the 15-day public comment period on the notice of proposed extension of project period and waiver, eleven parties submitted comments in support of the proposed extension and waiver. There were no objections received on the proposed extension and waiver, and therefore, no substantive changes have been made. For this reason, and in order to make a timely continuation grant to the entity affected, the Secretary has determined that a delayed effective date is not required.

Background: On March 3, 1999, the Department published a notice in the Federal Register (64 FR 10352) inviting applications for a new award for a Center for Students With Disabilities Involved With and at Risk of Involvement With the Juvenile Justice System (Center) for fiscal year (FY) 1999. Based on that notice, the Department made one award for a period of 60 months to the University of Maryland to establish and operate the Center to provide guidance and assistance to States, schools, justice programs, families, and communities in designing, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive educational programs, based on research validated practices, for students with disabilities at risk of involvement or involved in the juvenile justice system. The Center focuses on three broad areas: (1) Prevention programs, (2) educational programs, and (3) reintegration or transition programs. The Center addresses these three areas through research, training, and technical assistance and dissemination. The Department is seeking additional support for a competition to be held in FY 2005, which would continue the work of the Center. However, the current grant period for the Center ends on August 31, 2004.

In order to ensure that the work of the Center will continue until a new award can be made, the Secretary waives 34 CFR 75.250 and 75.261(a) and issues a continuation award to the existing grantee for an additional twelve-month period.

The Center will continue dissemination and technical assistance activities including:

(a) Preparation and dissemination of information materials designed to increase awareness of and use of research validated practices to a variety of audiences (e.g., educators, justice personnel, mental health personnel, judges, policymakers, families, and other service providers).

(b) Providing for information exchanges between researchers and practitioners who direct model programs and those seeking to design or implement model programs.

The Center will continue training activities including:

Funding at least three graduate students who have concentrations in special education or criminal justice to work as project research assistants for the Center. These students will assist with project facilitation and the Center's research and evaluation of programs.

The Center will also complete additional research activities as appropriate.

Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification

The Secretary certifies that the extension of the project period and waiver will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The only entity that would be affected is the Center for Students With Disabilities Involved With and at Risk of Involvement With the Juvenile Justice System.

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

This extension of project period and waiver does not contain any information collection requirements.

Intergovernmental Review

This program is not subject to the requirements of Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79.

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Dated: August 23, 2004.

Troy R. Justesen,

Acting Deputy Assistant, Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

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