Regional Technology in Education Consortia

To help States, schools, districts, adult literacy centers, pre-service providers, and other educational institutions about the use of advanced technologies to improve teaching and student achievement. The program is primarily concerned with helping to identify, provide and promote quality investments in and implementations of technology integration within the context of improving America's schools for all learners.

Last Known Status
Deleted 06/04/2005 (The program is no longer authorized. No new awards will be made.)
Program Number
84.302
Federal Agency
ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND IMPROVEMENT, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Types of Assistance
Project Grants.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Funds provide assistance to eligible organizations to establish and operate regional consortia that promote the comprehensive integration of advanced technologies in education settings, through the conduct of technical assistance, professional development, information and resource dissemination, and collaboration activities. Each consortium serves all of the States and Territories within a predetermined region.
Authorization
Educational Research, Development, Dissemination and Improvement Act of 1994, as amended, Part J.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
Recipients of funds under this program are regional entities or consortia. Each regional technology consortium shall be composed of State educational agencies, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, or a combination thereof. For example, for the purposes of the program, a consortium may include: (a) An already defined regional consortia, the regional educational laboratories, the comprehensive regional assistance centers, or a similar regional entity whether designated and funded by the Department of Education or by another agency; (b) a combination of two or more of these already defined regional entities; (c) a combination of one or more of these regional entities in addition to any State educational agencies, institutions of higher education, or nonprofit organizations; or (d) State educational agencies, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, or a combination thereof.
Beneficiary Eligibility
RTEC grantees target products and services to a broad range of constituents, with a significant focus on benefiting underserved communities with little access to technology. Clients of RTEC grantees might include State and local educational agencies, schools and school districts, administrators, staff developers, curriculum coordinators and other K-12 educators and a number of teachers, as well as pre-service and adult literacy providers.
Credentials/Documentation
None.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs". An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
Applications forms and instructions are available from the program office. Application deadlines and other information for applicants are published in the Federal Register.
Award Procedure
After the completion of a competitive review of applications by panels of staff and nonfederal reviewers, according to the selection criteria published in the Federal Register's application notice, the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement approves the selection of applications for negotiation.
Deadlines
Application deadlines and other information for applicants are published as a notice in the Federal Register.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Approximately 120 days following the application deadline.
Appeals
None.
Renewals
As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for direct grant programs (see 34 CFR 75.253). Generally, for multiple-year awards, continuation awards after the first budget period are made if; sufficient funds have been appropriated; the recipient has either made substantial progress in meeting the goals of the project or obtained approval for changes in the project; the recipient has submitted all required reports; and continuation is in the best interest of the government. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
None.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Following the initial, competitively selected award for twelve months, four additional one-year non-competing continuation awards may be made, for a total maximum term of five years. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.
Post Assistance Requirements
Reports
As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for direct grant programs (34 CFR 75). Generally, annual performance and financial reports are required.
Audits
See 34 CFR 74.26. Institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations are subject to the audit requirements of OMB Circular No. A-133. State and local governments are subject to the requirements in the Single Audit Act and the ED regulations implementing OMB Circular No. A-133 (see 34 CFR 80). In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records
As required by EDGAR for direct grant programs (34 CFR 75). Generally, records related to grant funds, compliance, and performance must be maintained for a period of five years after completion.
Program Accomplishments
Ten regional technology in education consortia were awarded in fiscal year 2001.
Financial Information
Account Identification
91-0500-0-1-503.
Obligations
(Grants) FY 02 $10,000,000; FY 03 est $10,000,000; and FY 04 est $0.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Average award in 2001 was $995,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Education Department General Administrative Regulations, 34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, and 86.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
Not applicable.
Headquarters Office
Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, Office of Reform Assistance and Dissemination, 555 New Jersey Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20208-5572. Contact: Enid Simmons. Telephone: (202) 219-1739.
Website Address
http://www.rtec.org
Examples of Funded Projects
Contact the Program Office for information on funded projects.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
For detailed criteria, refer to the application notices published in the Federal Register.
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