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Wednesday
December 29, 1999

Part IV

Department of
Education
Women’s Educational Equity Act Program
(WEEA); Inviting Applications for New
Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2000; Notice

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION grants: (1) grants for the implementation women, and women receiving Aid to
of gender equity programs in schools; Families with Dependent Children
[CFDA No.: 84.083A and B]
and (2) research and development benefits;
Women’s Educational Equity Act grants to develop model equity (l) Programs to improve
Program (WEEA); Notice Inviting programs. Examples of authorized representation of women in educational
Applications for New Awards for Fiscal activities under the program include— administration at all levels; and
Year (FY) 2000 Implementation Grants (m) Planning, development, and
initial implementation of—
Purpose of Program: To promote (a) Assisting educational agencies and (1) Comprehensive institution-or
gender equity in education; to promote institutions to implement policies and districtwide evaluation to assess the
equity in education for women and girls practices to comply with title IX of the presence or absence of gender equity in
who suffer from multiple forms of Education Amendments of 1972; educational settings;
discrimination based on sex and race, (b) Training for teachers, counselors, (2) Comprehensive plans for
ethnic origin, limited English administrators, and other school implementation of equity programs in
proficiency, disability or age; and to personnel, especially preschool and State and local educational agencies and
provide financial assistance to enable elementary school personnel, in gender- institutions of higher education,
educational agencies to meet the equitable teaching and learning including community colleges; and
requirements of title IX of the Education practices; (3) Innovative approaches to school-
Amendments of 1972. (c) Leadership training for women and community partnerships for educational
Eligible Applicants: Public agencies, girls to develop professional and equity.
private nonprofit agencies, marketable skills to compete in the
organizations, institutions, student global marketplace, improve self- Research and Development Activities
groups, community groups, and esteem, and benefit from exposure to (a) Research and development of
individuals. positive role models; innovative strategies and model training
Deadline for Transmittal of (d) School-to-work transition programs for teachers and other
Applications: February 14, 2000. programs, guidance and counseling education personnel;
Note: We must receive all applications on activities, and other programs to (b) The development of high-quality
or before this date. This requirement takes increase opportunities for women and and challenging assessment instruments
exception to the Education Department girls to enter a technologically that are nondiscriminatory;
General Administrative Regulations demanding workplace and, in
(c) The development and evaluation
(EDGAR), 34 CFR 75.102. Under the particular, to enter highly skilled, high-
Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553),
of model curricula, textbooks, software,
paying careers in which women and
the Department generally offers interested and other educational materials to
girls have been underrepresented;
parties the opportunity to comment on ensure the absence of gender
(e) Enhancing educational and career
proposed regulations. However, this stereotyping and bias;
opportunities for those women and girls
exception to EDGAR makes procedural (d) The development of instruments
changes only and does not establish new
who suffer multiple forms of
and procedures that employ new and
substantive policy. Therefore, under 5 U.S.C discrimination, based on sex and on
innovative strategies to assess whether
533 (b)(A), the Secretary has determined that race, ethnic origin, limited-English
diverse educational settings are gender
proposed rulemaking is not required. proficiency, disability, socioeconomic
equitable;
status, or age;
Deadline for Intergovernmental (e) The development of instruments
(f) Assisting pregnant students and
Review: April 14, 2000. and strategies for evaluation,
Applications Available: December 29, students rearing children to remain in or
to return to secondary school, graduate, dissemination, and replication of
1999. promising or exemplary programs
Available Funds: $906,883. and prepare their preschool children to
start school; designed to assist local educational
Estimated Range of Awards: agencies in integrating gender equity in
Implementation Grants: $90,000– (g) Evaluating exemplary model
programs to assess the ability of such their educational policies and practices;
$200,000; Research and Development (f) Updating high-quality educational
Grants: $75,000–$150,000. programs to advance educational equity
for women and girls; materials previously developed through
Estimated Average Size of Awards: Women’s Educational Equity Act
Implementation Grants: $145,000; (h) Introduction into the classroom of
textbooks, curricula, and other materials (WEEA) grants;
Research and Development Grants:
designed to achieve equity for women (g) The development of policies and
$125,000.
and girls; programs to address and prevent sexual
Estimated Number of Awards:
(i) Programs and policies to address harassment and violence to ensure that
Implementation Grants: 4–8; Research
sexual harassment and violence against educational institutions are free from
and Development Grants: 1.
women and girls and to ensure that threats to safety of students and
Note: The Department is not bound by any educational institutions are free from personnel;
estimates in this notice. (h) The development and
threats to the safety of students and
Project Period: Up to 48 months. personnel; improvement of programs and activities
Funds available under this competition (j) Nondiscriminatory tests of aptitude to increase opportunity for women,
would be used for the first 12 months and achievement and of alternative including continuing educational
of a project. assessments that eliminate biased activities, vocational education, and
Applicable Regulations: The assessment instruments from use; programs for low-income women,
Education Department General (k) Programs to increase educational including underemployed and
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in opportunities, including higher unemployed women, and women
34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, education, vocational training, and receiving Aid to Families with
85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. other educational programs for low- Dependent Children; and
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The income women, including (i) The development of guidance and
Department will award two types of underemployed and unemployed counseling activities, including career

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education programs, designed to ensure (b) Project as a component of a (2) In determining the quality of the
gender equity. comprehensive plan. (5 points). design of the proposed project, the
Under 34 CFR 75.209 and 20 U.S.C. Secretary considers the following
Priority for Implementation Grants
7235(a)(2)(C), the Secretary reviews factors:
Under 34 CFR 75.105(b) and (c), the each application to determine the extent (i) The extent to which the goals,
Secretary gives a competitive preference to which the project is a significant objectives, and outcomes to be achieved
to applications that meet the following component of a comprehensive plan for by the proposed project are clearly
priority found in 20 U.S.C. 7235(b) by educational equity and compliance with specified and measurable.
awarding bonus points depending on title IX of the Educational Amendments (ii) The extent to which the design of
the extent to which the applicant meets of 1972 in the particular school district, the proposed project is appropriate to,
the priority: institution of higher education, and will successfully address, the needs
Projects submitted by applicants that vocational-technical institution, or other of the target population or other
have not received assistance under the educational agency or institution. identified needs.
WEEA Program (5 points). (c) Implementing an institutional (iii) The extent to which the design of
change strategy. (5 points). the proposed project reflects up-to-date
Invitational Priority for Implementation knowledge from research and effective
Under 34 CFR 75.209 and 20 U.S.C.
Grants practice.
7235(a)(2)(D), the Secretary reviews
Under 34 CFR 75.105(b) and (c), the each application to determine the extent (g) Quality of project services. (10
Secretary invites and encourages to which the project implements an points). (1) The Secretary considers the
applications that meet the following institutional change strategy with long- quality of the services to be provided by
invitational priority for implementation term impact that will continue as a the proposed project.
grants: Projects that develop and central activity of the applicant after the (2) In determining the quality of the
implement programs which will WEEA grant has been terminated. services to be provided by the proposed
promote gender equity in the math and (d) Need for project. (10 points). (1) project, the Secretary considers the
science areas, including projects that The Secretary considers the need for the quality and sufficiency of strategies for
promote equity in math and science for proposed project. ensuring equal access and treatment for
women and girls who suffer from (2) In determining the need for the eligible project participants who are
multiple forms of discrimination based proposed project, the Secretary members of groups that have
on sex and race, ethnic origin, limited considers the following factors: traditionally been underrepresented
English proficiency, disability or age. (i) The magnitude of the need for the based on race, color, national origin,
The Secretary is particularly interested services to be provided or the activities gender, age, or disability.
in applications that meet this priority. (3) In addition, the Secretary
to be carried out by the proposed
However, an application that meets this considers the following factors:
project.
(i) The likely impact of the services to
invitational priority does not receive (ii) The extent to which the proposed be provided by the proposed project on
competitive or absolute preference over project will enhance educational and the intended recipients of those
other applications. career opportunities for those women services.
Selection Criteria for Implementation and girls who suffer forms of (ii) The extent to which the services
Grants discrimination, based on sex and race, to be provided by the proposed project
ethnic origin, limited English- are appropriate to the needs of the
The Secretary evaluates applications proficiency, disability, and intended recipients or beneficiaries of
for implementation grants on the basis socioeconomic status, or age. those services.
of the following criteria which are taken (e) Significance. (5 points). (1) The (h) Quality of project personnel. (5
either from the statute or from 34 CFR Secretary considers the significance of points). (1) The Secretary considers the
75.210. The maximum possible score for the proposed project. quality of the personnel who will carry
each criterion is indicated in (2) In determining the significance of out the proposed project.
parentheses with the criterion. The the proposed project, the Secretary (2) In determining the quality of
Secretary awards up to 100 points for all considers the following factors: project personnel, the Secretary
of the criteria. (i) The extent to which the proposed considers the extent to which the
(a) Effectively achieving the purposes project is likely to build local capacity applicant encourages applications for
of WEEA. (20 points). to provide, improve, or expand services employment from persons who are
Under 34 CFR 75.209 and 20 U.S.C. that address the needs of the target members of groups that have
7235(a), the Secretary reviews each population. traditionally been underrepresented
application to determine how well the (ii) The likely utility of the products based on race, color, national origin,
project will effectively achieve the (such as information, materials, gender, age, or disability. (3) In
purposes of the WEEA Program. processes, or techniques) that will result addition, the Secretary considers the
Note: Applicants should consider the from the proposed project, including the following factors:
following statutory provisions when potential for their being used effectively (i) The qualifications, including
responding to this criterion. Under 20 U.S.C. in a variety of other settings. relevant training and experience, of the
7232, the purpose of the WEEA program is: (iii) The importance or magnitude of project director or principal
(a) to promote gender equity in education in the results or outcomes likely to be investigator.
the United States; (b) to provide financial attained by the proposed project, (ii) The qualifications, including
assistance to enable educational agencies and especially improvements in relevant training and experience, of key
institutions to meet the requirements of title employment, independent living
IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972;
project personnel.
and (c) to promote equity in education for
services, or both, as appropriate. (iii) The qualifications, including
women and girls who suffer from multiple (f) Quality of the project design. (15 relevant training and experience, of
forms of discrimination based on sex, race, points). (1) The Secretary considers the project consultants or subcontractors.
ethnic origin, limited-English proficiency, quality of the design of the proposed (i) Adequacy of resources. (5 points).
disability, or age. project. (1) The Secretary considers the

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adequacy of resources for the proposed responding to this criterion. Under 20 U.S.C. (i) The magnitude or severity of the
project. 7234 (1), applicants for WEEA funds are problem to be addressed by the
(2) In determining the adequacy of required to set forth policies and procedures proposed project.
resources for the proposed project, the that will ensure a comprehensive evaluation
of the grant activities, including an
(ii) The extent to which specific gaps
Secretary considers the following evaluation of the practices, policies, and or weaknesses in services,
factors: materials used by the applicant and an infrastructure, or opportunities have
(i) The adequacy of support, including evaluation or estimate of the continued been identified and will be addressed by
facilities, equipment, supplies, and significance of the work of the project the proposed project, including the
other resources, from the applicant following completion of the award period. nature and magnitude of those gaps or
organization or the lead applicant weaknesses.
Priority for Research and Development
organization. (b) Significance. (10 points). (1) The
(ii) The extent to which the budget is Grants
Secretary considers the significance of
adequate to support the proposed Under 34 CFR 75.105 (b) and (c), the the proposed project.
project. Secretary gives a competitive preference (2) In determining the significance of
(j) Quality of the management plan. to applications that meet the following the proposed project, the Secretary
(10 points). (1) The Secretary considers priority found in 20 U.S.C. 7235(b) by considers the following factors:
the quality of the management plan for awarding bonus points depending on (i) The national significance of the
the proposed project. the extent to which the applicant meets proposed project.
(2) In determining the quality of the the priority: (ii) The potential contribution of the
management plan for the proposed Projects submitted by applicants that
proposed project to increased
project, the Secretary considers the have not received assistance under the
knowledge or understanding of
following factors: WEEA Program (5 points).
(i) The adequacy of the management educational problems, issues, or
plan to achieve the objectives of the Selection Criteria for Research and effective strategies.
proposed project on time and within Development Grants (iii) The importance or magnitude of
budget, including clearly defined The Secretary evaluates applications the results or outcomes likely to be
responsibilities, timelines, and for research and development grants on attained by the proposed project,
milestones for accomplishing project the basis of the following criteria which especially improvements in teaching
tasks. are taken either from the statute or from and student achievement.
(ii) The extent to which the time 34 CFR 75.210. The maximum possible (e) Quality of the project design. (20
commitments of the project director and score for each criterion is indicated in points). (1) The Secretary considers the
principal investigator and other key parentheses with the criterion. The quality of the design of the proposed
project personnel are appropriate and Secretary awards up to 100 points for all project.
adequate to meet the objectives of the of the criteria. (2) In determining the quality of the
proposed project. (a) Effectively achieving the purposes design of the proposed project, the
(iii) How the applicant will ensure of WEEA. (20 points) Secretary considers the following
that a diversity of perspectives are Under 34 CFR 75.209 and 20 U.S.C. factors:
brought to bear in the operation of the 7235(a), the Secretary reviews each (i) The extent to which the goals,
proposed project, including those of application to determine how well the objectives, and outcomes to be achieved
parents, teachers, the business project will effectively achieve the by the proposed project are clearly
community, a variety of disciplinary purposes of the WEEA Program. specified and measurable.
and professional fields, recipients or Note: Applicants should consider the
(ii) The extent to which the design of
beneficiaries of services, or others, as following statutory provisions when the proposed project is appropriate to,
appropriate. responding to this criterion. Under 20 U.S.C. and will successfully address, the needs
(k) Quality of the project evaluation. 7232, the purpose of the WEEA program is: of the target population or other
(10 points). (1) The Secretary considers (a) to promote gender equity in education in identified needs.
the quality of the evaluation to be the United States; (b) to provide financial (iii) The extent to which the design of
conducted of the proposed project. assistance to enable educational agencies and the proposed project reflects up-to-date
institutions to meet the requirements of title knowledge from research and effective
(2) In determining the quality of the
IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972;
evaluation, the Secretary considers the and (c) to promote equity in education for
practice.
following factors: women and girls who suffer from multiple (iv) The quality of methodology to be
(i) The extent to which the methods forms of discrimination based on sex, race, employed in the proposed project.
of evaluation are thorough, feasible, and ethnic origin, limited-English proficiency, (e) Quality of project personnel. (10
appropriate to the goals, objectives, and disability, or age. points). (1) The Secretary considers the
outcomes of the proposed project. (b) Addressing multiple quality of the personnel who will carry
(ii) The extent to which the methods discrimination. (5 points) out the proposed project.
of evaluation include the use of Under 34 CFR 75.209 and 20 U.S.C. (2) In determining the quality of
objective performance measures that are 7235(a)(2)(A), the Secretary reviews project personnel, the Secretary
clearly related to the intended outcomes each application to determine the considers the extent to which the
of the project and will produce quality of the applicant’s plan for applicant encourages applications for
quantitative and qualitative data to the addressing the needs of women and employment from persons who are
extent possible. girls of color and women and girls with members of groups that have
(iii) The extent to which the methods disabilities. traditionally been underrepresented
of evaluation will provide performance (a) Need for project. (10 points). (1) based on race, color, national origin,
feedback and permit periodic The Secretary considers the need for the gender, age, or disability.
assessment of progress toward achieving proposed project. (3) In addition, the Secretary
intended outcomes. (2) In determining the need for the considers the following factors:
Note: Applicants should consider the proposed project, the Secretary (i) The qualifications, including
following statutory provision when considers the following factors: relevant training and experience, of the

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relevant training and experience, of (2) In determining the quality of the included in the application package.
project consultants or subcontractors. evaluation, the Secretary considers the
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