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waive the requirement for public Avenue, SW., Room 4050, Regional Recordkeeping burden. OMB invites
consultation to the extent that public Office Building 3, Washington, DC public comment.
participation in the approval process 20202–4651 or to the e-mail address The Department of Education is
would defeat the purpose of the vivan.reese@ed.gov. Requests may also especially interested in public comment
information collection, violate State or be electronically mailed to the internet addressing the following issues: (1) Is
Federal law, or substantially interfere address OCIO_RIMG@ed.gov or faxed to this collection necessary to the proper
with any agency’s ability to perform its 202–708–9346. Please specify the functions of the Department; (2) will
statutory obligations. The Leader, complete title of the information this information be processed and used
Regulatory Management Group, Office collection when making your request. in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate
of the Chief Information Officer, Comments regarding burden and/or of burden accurate; (4) how might the
publishes that notice containing the collection activity requirements Department enhance the quality, utility,
proposed information collection should be directed to Katrina Ingalls at and clarity of the information to be
requests prior to submission of these her e-mail address Katrina collected; and (5) how might the
requests to OMB. Each proposed Ingalls@ed.gov. Individuals who use a Department minimize the burden of this
information collection, grouped by telecommunications device for the deaf collection on the respondents, including
office, contains the following: (1) Type (TDD) may call the Federal Information through the use of information
of review requested, e.g. new, revision, Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– technology.
extension, existing or reinstatement; (2) 8339. Dated: June 5, 2003.
Title; (3) Summary of the collection; (4) [FR Doc. 03–14725 Filed 6–10–03; 8:45 am] Angela C. Arrington,
Description of the need for, and
BILLING CODE 4000–01–P Leader, Regulatory Management Group,
proposed use of, the information; (5) Office of the Chief Information Officer.
Respondents and frequency of
collection; and (6) Reporting and/or Office of Special Education and
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Recordkeeping burden. OMB invites Rehabilitative Services
public comment. Notice of Proposed Information Type of Review: Reinstatement.
Dated: June 5, 2003. Collection Requests Title: State and Local Implementation
Angela C. Arrington, of IDEA ’97.
AGENCY: Department of Education.
Leader, Regulatory Management Group, Frequency: Annually; Biennially.
SUMMARY: The Leader, Regulatory
Office of the Chief Information Officer. Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal
Management Group, Office of the Chief Gov’t, SEAs or LEAs.
Institute of Education Sciences Information Officer, invites comments Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour
on the proposed information collection Burden: Responses: 5,219. Burden
Type of Review: New.
requests as required by the Paperwork Hours: 14,879.
Title: National Assessment of
Reduction Act of 1995. Abstract: The Office of Special
Educational Progress, 2003–2004 Long
Term Trend. DATES: Interested persons are invited to Education Programs (OSEP) is
Frequency: One-time. submit comments on or before August conducting a five-year study to evaluate
Affected Public: Individuals or 11, 2003. the state and local impact and
household; State, Local, or Tribal Gov’t, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section implementation of the Individuals with
SEAs or LEAs. 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of
Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35) requires that 1997. The evaluation will provide
Burden: Responses: 85,000. Burden the Office of Management and Budget information on the types and impacts of
Hours: 21,250. (OMB) provide interested Federal policies and practices engaged in by
Abstract: This clearance request is for agencies and the public an early states, school districts, and schools to
the background questions for the opportunity to comment on information implement the provisions of IDEA ’97,
National Assessment of Educational collection requests. OMB may amend or particularly with regard to nine key
Progress Long-Term Trend. These are a waive the requirement for public issues identified by the law. OSEP is
series of surveys that have been consultation to the extent that public engaging in this evaluation to report to
conducted since 1986. This assessment participation in the approval process Congress, in accordance with the
will be conducted in 2003/2004. Since would defeat the purpose of the provisions of IDEA ’97 (Sec. 674).
bridging studies will be required to information collection, violate State or Clearance is sought for multiple
relate the existing format to the newly Federal law, or substantially interfere instruments. Respondents will be state
adopted format, some questionnaires with any agency’s ability to perform its special education directors, district
will still consist of all the existing statutory obligations. The Leader, special education directors, and school
questions, thus all are being submitted Regulatory Management Group, Office principals.
for clearance. In these assessments, of the Chief Information Officer, Requests for copies of the proposed
students 9, 13 and 17 years of age are publishes that notice containing information collection request may be
assessed. proposed information collection accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov,
Requests for copies of the submission requests prior to submission of these by selecting the ‘‘Browse Pending
for OMB review; comment request may requests to OMB. Each proposed Collections’’ link and by clicking on
be accessed from http:// information collection, grouped by link number 2272. When you access the
edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the office, contains the following: (1) Type information collection, click on
‘‘Browse Pending Collections’’ link and of review requested, e.g. new, revision, ‘‘Download Attachments ‘‘ to view.
by clicking on link number 2250. When extension, existing or reinstatement; (2) Written requests for information should
you access the information collection, Title; (3) Summary of the collection; (4) be addressed to Vivian Reese,
click on ‘‘Download Attachments’’ to Description of the need for, and Department of Education, 400 Maryland
view. Written requests for information proposed use of, the information; (5) Avenue, SW., Room 4050, Regional
should be addressed to Vivian Reese, Respondents and frequency of Office Building 3, Washington, DC
Department of Education, 400 Maryland collection; and (6) Reporting and/or 20202–4651 or to the e-mail address

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vivian_reese@ed.gov. Requests may also and State-administered formula grant children who received MEP services in
be electronically mailed to the internet program. It provides assistance to State a State summer or intersession program,
address OCIO_RIMG@ed.gov or faxed to educational agencies (SEAs) to support by 40 percent of the average per-pupil
202–708–9346. Please specify the high-quality and comprehensive expenditure in the State, except that the
complete title of the information educational programs that provide amount so determined may not be less
collection when making your request. migratory children appropriate than 32 percent, or more than 48
Comments regarding burden and/or educational and supportive services that percent, of the average per-pupil
the collection activity requirements address their special needs in a expenditure in the United States.
should be directed to Sheila Carey at coordinated and efficient manner, and For Puerto Rico, section 1303(b)(1)
her e-mail address Sheila.Carey@ed.gov. give migratory children the opportunity provides that each year the
Individuals who use a to meet the same challenging State Commonwealth is entitled to receive an
telecommunications device for the deaf academic content and student academic award in the amount ‘‘determined by
(TDD) may call the Federal Information achievement standards that all children multiplying the number of children who
Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– are expected to meet. would be counted under subsection
8339. Through this notice, we clarify our (a)(1)(A) if such subsection applied to
interpretations of the formula for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico by
[FR Doc. 03–14726 Filed 6–10–03; 8:45 am] awarding FY 2003 MEP funds to States, the product of—
BILLING CODE 4000–01–P including the District of Columbia and (A) the percentage that the average
the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico per-pupil expenditure in the
(Puerto Rico). Under these Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is of the
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION interpretations, because the overall lowest average per-pupil expenditure of
amount of MEP funds available for any of the 50 States; and
Migrant Education Formula Grant
allocation to States (including the (B) 32 percent of the average per-pupil
Program expenditure in the United States.’’
District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) in
AGENCY: Office of Elementary and FY 2003 will be equal to the amount In addition, section 1303(b)(2)
Secondary Education, Department of allocated in FY 2002, the MEP formula provides an increasing minimum
Education. amounts to be awarded to each State percentage to be used in paragraph
ACTION: Notice of interpretation. (including the District of Columbia and (b)(1)(A) for FYs 2002 through 2005 and
Puerto Rico) for FY 2003 will be equal succeeding years. This amount is 77.5
SUMMARY: The Department announces to the amounts awarded to each in FY percent for FY 2002, 80 percent for FY
interpretations of section 1303(a) and (b) 2002. 2003, 82.5 percent for FY 2004, and 85
of the Elementary and Secondary The State Formula. Section 1303(a) percent for FYs 2005 and beyond.
Education Act, as amended by the No and (b) of the ESEA provides the Section 1303(b)(3) provides that, if
Child Left Behind Act of 2001, under statutory formula under which the application of paragraph (b)(2) for any
which the Department establishes rules Department awards MEP funds to fiscal year would cause any State to
for allocating Migrant Education States, including the District of receive less than it received for the
Program funds to States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Section preceding fiscal year, the percentage
Columbia, and the Commonwealth of 1303(a)(1) provides a formula for the described in paragraph (b)(1)(A) used
Puerto Rico for Fiscal Year (FY) 2003. distribution of FY 2002 MEP funds to all for Puerto Rico’s allocation for that
DATES: Effective date: June 11, 2003. States ‘‘other than the Commonwealth fiscal year is to be the greater of the
of Puerto Rico.’’ This formula relies actual percentage in paragraph (b)(1)(A)
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
upon an estimate of the full-time- for that fiscal year or the percentage
James English, Office of Migrant used for the preceding fiscal year.
equivalent (FTE) number of migrant
Education, U.S. Department of Finally, section 1303(c) of the ESEA
children in each State multiplied by ‘‘40
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., requires the Department to ratably
percent of the average per-pupil
Room 3E315, FOB–6, Washington, DC reduce MEP grant awards made to all
expenditure in the State, except that the
20202–6135. Telephone: (202) 260– States (including Puerto Rico) if ‘‘the
amount determined under this
1394, or via Internet: amount appropriated for these grants is
paragraph shall not be less than 32
james.english@ed.gov. insufficient to pay in full the amounts
percent, nor more than 48 percent, of
If you use a telecommunications for which all States are eligible.’’
the average per-pupil expenditure in the
device for the deaf (TDD), you may call FY 2002 MEP Awards. The amended
United States.’’
the Federal Information Relay Service Section 1303(a)(2) also stipulates that, ESEA established very clear procedures
(FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339. except as provided under sections for determining the amount of FY 2002
Individuals with disabilities may 1303(a)(2)(ii) and (b), the amount that MEP funds the Department provided to
obtain this document in an alternative each State ‘‘other than the each State, including Puerto Rico. It
format (e.g., Braille, large print, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’’ is required the Department to provide to
audiotape, or computer diskette) on entitled to receive in FY 2003 and all States (section 1303(b)(1)(A)) and to
request to the contact person listed subsequent years is the sum of— Puerto Rico (section 1303(b)(1)) an FY
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 1. The amount of MEP funds the State 2002 award derived by multiplying the
CONTACT. received for FY 2002, and total of the State’s FTE count of
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 2. The amount (of those funds, if any, migratory children by the appropriate
that may be appropriated for any per-pupil-expenditure amount
Background subsequent fiscal year in excess of the identified in section 1303(a)(1)(B) and
The Migrant Education Program FY 2002 appropriation level) 1303(b)(1)(A) and (2), respectively. As
(MEP), authorized in Title I, Part C, of determined by multiplying the sum of the FY 2002 appropriation was
the Elementary and Secondary (i) the number of identified eligible insufficient to make awards to all States
Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as migratory children, aged 3 through 21, and Puerto Rico in these amounts, the
amended by the No Child Left Behind who during the prior year resided in the Department then applied the ratable
Act of 2001 (NCLB), is a State-operated State, and (ii) the number of such reduction provision in section

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