Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies Appropriation Bill, 2016

The Senate Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriation Bill calls for grants to Tribal Education Departments to be continued on page 167.

An excerpt:

National Activities

The Committee recommends $5,565,000 for national activities. Funds are used to expand efforts to improve research, evaluation, and data collection on the status and effectiveness of Indian education programs, and to continue grants to tribal educational departments for education administration and planning.

Employment Opportunity: OFFICE OF INDIAN EDUCATION SEEKING FIELD READERS, DUE DATE FOR RESUME SUBMISSIONS: APRIL 3O, 2015

The Office of Indian Education is soliciting highly qualified individuals to assist in the review process for two discretionary grant competitions for 2015. This includes:

  • State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) program—electronic review last two weeks of June, 2015
  • Native Youth Community Partnership (NYCP)—electronic review tentatively the last two weeks of July or early August, 2015

Both programs are administered under Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended. The discretionary grant review information will be posted here when the schedule is finalized. Please submit your resume to John Cheek, Discretionary Program Team Leader at John.Cheek@ed.gov. Please submit a resume by April 30, 2015, and include an email address.

Save The Date: Office of Indian Education Pre-application Webinar (STEP Program)

The Office of Indian Education (OIE) Pre-application Webinar for the 2015 New Award Competition of State Tribal Education Partnership program (STEP) will be held on:

April 30, 2015, 2:00 to 4:00 pm EDT 

The webinar will provide important information to assist potential applicants to complete their submissions for the 2015 competition and address the same material. This webinar will be recorded and archived for a limited time. Presentation for the webinar and questions and answers generated from the webinar will be available to the public.

To Access the webinar please go to:  https://msg.adobeconnect.com/step/event/registration.html

Phone Number: 1-800-832-0736
Room Number:
6606540
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On April 16, 2015, the Department of Education published in the Federal Register a notice inviting applications for the 2015 State Tribal Education Partnerships (STEP) program. The new competition officially opened on Thursday, April 16, 2015 and will close on June 15, 2015. Notices of intent to apply must be received by May 21, 2015.

The purposes of this program are to: (1) Promote increased collaboration between tribal education agencies (TEAs) and the State educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) that serve students from the affected tribes; and (2) build the capacity of TEAs to conduct certain administrative functions under certain Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) formula grant programs for eligible schools, as determined by the TEA, SEA, and LEA.

The Federal Register link to the official announcement is here:  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-16/pdf/2015-08681.pdf

 For additional information on the STEP program please contact Shahla Ortega at Shahla.Ortega@Ed.Gov .

The Office of Indian Education may be found online at this link:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/oie/index.html

Applications for New Awards; State Tribal Education Partnership Program

On April 16, 2015, the Department of Education published in the Federal Register a notice inviting applications for the 2015 State Tribal Education Partnerships (STEP) program. The new competition officially opens on Thursday, April 16, 2015 and closes on June 15, 2015. Notices of intent to apply must be received by May 21, 2015. The purposes of this program are to: (1) Promote increased collaboration between tribal education agencies (TEAs) and the State educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) that serve students from the affected tribes; and (2) build the capacity of TEAs to conduct certain administrative functions under certain Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) formula grant programs for eligible schools, as determined by the TEA, SEA, and LEA. The STEP program was first funded in FY 2012 and since then has incorporated final regulations into the new application.

You can see the full notice, with all of the requirements, here.  An excerpt:

3. Submission Dates and Times:

Applications Available: April 16, 2015.

Date of Pre-Application Webinar: April 30, 2015.

Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: May 21, 2015.

Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 15, 2015.

Deadline for Submission of Final Agreement: March 31, 2016.

Applications for grants under this competition must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov). For information (including dates and times) about how to submit your application electronically, or in paper format by mail or hand delivery if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, please refer to section IV.

Final Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria-State Tribal Education Partnership Program

The Final Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria for the State Tribal Education Partnership (“STEP”) Program, can be seen here. You can see an overview on the Federal Register site, here.

Summary:

The Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education announces priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for the State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) program. The Assistant Secretary may use one or more of these priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for competitions in fiscal year(FY) 2015 and later years. We take this action to enable tribal educational agencies (TEAs) to administer formula grant programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), and to improve the partnership between TEAs and the State educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) that educate students from the affected tribes.

You can see TEDNA’s comments on these Priorities, along with a webinar and other information about the STEP Program here.

TEDNA News Release: TEDNA APPLAUDS PRESIDENT’S FY16 BUDGET FOR EDUCATION

NEW RELEASE – Tribal Education Departments National Assembly
Feb. 2, 2015

TEDNA  APPLAUDS PRESIDENT’S FY16 BUDGET FOR EDUCATION

Tribal Education Departments National Assembly (TEDNA) President Wayne Johnson congratulates President Obama on the FY16 Proposed Budget demonstrating his  commitment to self-determination for Indian Education by supporting increased funding for  BIE Schools, Native Youth, and tribal control of education.

“TEDNA expresses our appreciation to Congress and the President for paying specific attention to funding the 25 year-old authorization for the development of tribal education departments. Having this included in the FY15 budget and again in the FY16 budget recognizes the importance of local control for Tribal nations. While the $2 million dollar allocation is a step in the right direction, we hope to see increased funding in the future in order to provide for over 560 tribes with the support they need.” –  Wayne Johnson, Muskogee Creek, TEDNA President.

TEDNA The Tribal Education Departments National Assembly (TEDNA) is long standing membership organization supported by the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) whose mission is to improve the capacity and funding of tribes to address and advocate for the role of Tribal Education Departments, Tribal Education Agencies, and Tribal Divisions of Education in improving education for their tribal nations and members.

For More Information, Contact:  Quinton Roman Nose, 405-295-5691, qromannose@tedna.org, www.tedna.org

FY 2015 Omnibus Budget Bill – Exciting News for Tribal Education Agencies and Departments 

On Tuesday evening, House and Senate appropriators released the FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill (HR 83), which will fund TEAs through Department  of Interior for the first time.

Here is the BIA section of the Interior explanatory statement. On page 24, it provides that:

Education.- The agreement includes $2,000,000 for the development and operation of tribal departments or divisions of education as authorized in 25 U.S.C. 2020.

This funding through the Department of Interior has been authorized since 1988 (see NARF Orange Book at 5), but Congress has never appropriated the money. TEDNA and its partner organizations, NIEA and NCAI, have long advocated for fulfillment of this promise. The bill, which is expected to be passed by both the House and Senate later this week, will mean new capacity-building grant opportunities for TEAs, which will expand tribal involvement in Indian education.  The STEP Program, which TEDNA long advocated for and was also a first of its kind, is a similar appropriation through the Department of Education.

You can see Quinton Roman Nose’s Testimony to the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies for FY 2015 here, and for FY 2014 here.  You can also see other budget requests in our Congressional Materials section.  We will provide more information as it becomes available.

Recording of Education Northwest and TEDNA Webinar: STEP Program and Lessons Learned

If you were unable to attend Education Northwest and TEDNA’s webinar today, you can view the recording here.  We encourage any Tribal Education Agency or Department that is contemplating applying for the next round of STEP Grants to watch the webinar.  The PPT slides can be seen here. TEDNA’s overview of the STEP Grant can be seen here.

And remember, comments on the Department of Education’s proposed changes to the STEP Program are due on December 1st.