You can see the four education resolutions that passed at NCAI’s mid-year conference last week here. An excerpt from the Support for Equal Treatment of Tribal and State Education Departments by the U.S. Department of Education:
WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Education has many competitive grant programs available to State Education Agencies (SEAs) but do not include Tribal Education Departments (TEDs) as eligible grant applicants; and
WHEREAS, several competitive grant applications explicitly exclude TEDs as eligible applicants; and
WHEREAS, these exclusions prohibit TEDs from being treated equally as SEAs to effectively serve their tribal students by administering title programs and funding; and
WHEREAS, parity between TEDs and SEAs levels the playing field for tribal communities to compete for and administer all competitive, discretionary grants available from the United States Department of Education.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that NCAI supports and calls upon Congress to expand eligibility of all competitive, discretionary funding from the U.S. Department of Education to explicitly include Tribal Education Departments as eligible grant applicants and recipients; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that NCAI hereby calls upon Congress to enact legislation that establishes parity between State Education Agencies and Tribal Education Departments; and