Department of Education Sends Notices Regarding Newly Formed Disaster Recovery Unit
The Department of Education sent notices to Chief State School Officers this week detailing the creation of a Disaster Recovery Unit (DRU) which will be a five person team responsible for “coordinating the Department’s disaster recovery programs and partnering with federal stakeholders to best assist states affected by natural disasters”. The DRU will oversee and implement the following K-12 disaster recovery grant programs: Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations; Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students; Assistance for Homeless Children and Youth; and School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) as related to natural disasters.
Department of Education Proposes new Discretionary Grant Priority and Announces Grant Opportunities
Secretary DeVos proposed an additional priority for discretionary grant programs to align the department’s future competitive grants with the Administration’s Opportunity Zones initiative. The purpose of the initiatives is to spur economic development and job creation in distressed communities. This priority would expand the opportunities available to individuals in Qualified Opportunity Zones by “(1) encouraging applicants to plan projects in Qualified Opportunity Zones; (2) soliciting applications from eligible entities who are located in Qualified Opportunity Zones; or (3) soliciting applications from eligible entities that have received investments, including accessing real estate that has received investment from Qualified Opportunity Funds for a purpose directly related to their proposed projects.” Comments are due by August 28, 2019 and further information is available here.
The Department also published the following grant announcements:
- Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services“Applications for New Awards: Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities – National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning” – The purposes of this program are to: “(1) improve results for children with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology; (2) support educational activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom for children with disabilities; (3) provide support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom; and (4) provide accessible educational materials to children with disabilities in a timely manner.” The purpose of the priority in this award notice is to fund a cooperative agreement to establish and operate a National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning. The estimated available funds for this cooperative agreement total $1,200,000. Applications are due by September 3, 2019 and further information is available here.
- Office of Elementary and Secondary Education“Applications for New Awards: Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Program (CSP) – Grants to Charter School Developers for the Opening of New Charter Schools and for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools” – The notice inviting applications for new awards for this grant program was published on July 3, 2019 in the Federal Register. This notice corrects a footnote to add “Massachusetts” to the list of States that have approved amendment requests that authorize SEAs to make subgrants for replication and expansion, so developers in that state are ineligible to apply for this competition. Further information is available here.
- Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services“Applications for New Awards: Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities – Planning Grants for Increasing Instructional Time and Reducing Administrative Burdens” – The notice inviting applications for new awards for this grant program was published on July 15, 2019 in the Federal Register. This notice corrects the application period – the application period should be 45 days instead of 30. The award size is adjusted to a range of $150,000 to $250,000, and this notice updates the estimated number of awards from 10 to a range of 6-10. Further information is available here.