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Office of Innovation and Improvement, Department of Education.


Notice of intent to fund down the fiscal year (FY) 2008 grant slate for the School Leadership Program.


The Secretary intends to use the grant slate developed in FY 2008 for the School Leadership Program authorized by Title II, part A, subpart 5 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, to make new grant awards in FY 2009. The Secretary takes this action because a significant number of high-quality applications remain on last year's grant slate. We expect to use an estimated $3 million for new awards in FY 2009. The actual level of funding depends on the amount of FY 2009 program funds that are available after the Department makes 22 expected continuation awards.

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The Department published a notice inviting applications for new School Leadership Program awards for FY 2008 in the Federal Register on March 3, 2008 (73 FR 11504).

In response to the March 3 notice inviting applications, we received a significant number of high-quality applications and made 22 new grant awards. However, many applications that were awarded high scores by peer reviewers did not receive funding in FY 2008 because of insufficient appropriations.

The Department's FY 2009 appropriation is sufficient to permit the Department to make continuation awards to each of these 22 grantees and make a small number of new School Leadership Program awards. Rather than using program funds for a new peer review process, the Department has decided to use the remaining funds (after continuation awards are made) to select grantees in FY 2009 from the existing slate of applications. This slate was developed during the FY 2008 competition using the selection criteria, application requirements, and definitions referenced in the March 3 notice inviting applications (73 FR 11504).


To be eligible to receive a grant under this notice all applicants being considered for funding must meet all statutory eligibility criteria (i.e., be a high-need LEA, a consortium of high-need LEAs, or a partnership that includes one or more high-need LEAs), and be able to demonstrate a commitment to implement the scope and objectives of the project proposed in the application submitted in 2008. Only applications from the 2008 slate will be considered. Our intent is to fund down the slate from the last 2008 funded application until available funds are exhausted.

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Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 6651(b).

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Dated: April 30, 2009.

James H. Shelton, III,

Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement.

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[FR Doc. E9-10353 Filed 5-4-09; 8:45 am]