Sen. Murkowski's Education Newsletter for the week of February 28

This week in Education

President Proposes Federal Funding for Fiscal Year 2012

The link to a chart of the President’s request for Fiscal Year 2012 funding for U.S. Department of Education programs is available at http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget12/summary/appendix6.pdf.  This chart is much easier to read and understand than the President’s Budget Request book.

Please note that this is the President’s proposal for FY12.  It is not the Continuing Resolution for FY11 that Congress is still working to extend through the rest of this fiscal year.  Also, the President’s request is just the first step in appropriating funding for FY12. 

As always, if you have any questions or if you would like to share your comments about this proposal with Senator Murkowski, you can do so via her website at https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=EMailLisa.  


National Survey of Early Care and Education

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is proposing a data collection activity as part of the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) which will be conducted December, 2011 through June, 2012.  The full text of the notice is available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-3176.htm

The objective of the NSECE is to document the nation's current need for and availability of early care and education and including school-age care (ECE/SA), and to deepen our understanding of the extent to which families' needs and preferences coordinate well with providers' offerings and constraints. The proposed collection will consist of four survey components: (1) A survey of households with children under the age of 13 for participation in a questionnaire on the need for and use of early care and education (Household Interview), (2) a survey of households with individuals providing care for children under the age of 13 in a residential setting (Home-based Provider Interview), (3) a survey of providers of care to children under 13 in a non-residential setting (Center-based Provider Interview), and (4) a survey conducted with individuals employed in center-based child care programs (Workforce Provider Interview).

The Department specifically requests comments on (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication.”


Scientists, Science Teachers, and Students May Obtain Recognition

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation is now accepting applications for 8 Agriscience Awards and 7 Life Sciences Awards that are open to adult scientists, high school educators, and high school students.  The details are available at the links noted below.  Note that nominations are accepted online only. 


Agriscience Awards:

The Agriscience Awards are designed to highlight the importance of agriculture in the 21st century. The Foundation, in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation, will present eight monetary awards and research funding to three groups representing new innovative approaches in the field of agriscience around the country--scientists, educators and students.  All award recipients must be living United States citizens. 

  • Two $25,000 Distinguished Agriscience Scientist Awards will be presented to adult scientists who are making or have recently made significant and positive contributions in the field of agriscience.  In addition, $25,000 will be presented to each scientist recipient to be used to hire a graduate student/researcher to assist with a specific research project or to be used toward the project itself. The awards will provide incentive for continuing the research.
  • Three $10,000 Agriscience Educator Awards will be presented to current secondary school educators, with at least five years of teaching experience, and who emphasize concepts, principles, and applications in their curriculum to promote the study of agriscience to students.
  • Three $5,000 Agriscience Student Awards will be presented to current secondary school students who are making or have recently made significant and positive contributions related to the field of agriscience.


For more information about the Agriscience Awards, go to http://www.agriscienceawards.com/rules.php.  The deadline to apply is March 15, 2011.


Life Sciences Awards:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Christopher Columbus Foundation will award 7 Life Sciences Awards.  The awards will recognize one adult scientist/researcher; three current secondary school educators; and three current secondary school students who are judged to exemplify excellence in life sciences.

For more information about the Life Sciences Awards, go to http://www.ccolumbusfoundationawards.org/lifeSciencesAwards/index.cfm.  The deadline to apply is April 5, 2011. 


Currently Open Competitive Grant Opportunities at U.S. Dept. of Education

Please note that the underlined text for the CFDA numbers and Program Names below are hyperlinks.  Just hit the Control key and click on any that interest you to read more.





Presidential Academies for Teaching of American History and Civics [OII]



Predominantly Black Institutions Competitive Grant Program [OPE]



Native Hawaiian Education Program [OESE]



Professional Development for Arts Educators (PDAE) Program [OII]



American Overseas Research Centers (AORC) Program [OPE]



Teaching American History Program [OII]



Alaska Native Education [OESE]



Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program [OPE]



Improving Literacy Through School Libraries [OESE]



Native American and Alaska Native Children in School Program [OELA]



Charter Schools Program (CSP): State Educational Agencies [OII]



Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center [OSERS]



National Data and Statistical Center for the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model Systems [OSERS]



National Data and Statistical Center for the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model Systems [OSERS]



Business and International Education Program [OPE]

84.017A-1 and 3


International Research and Studies (IRS) Program [OPE]



Research Fellowships Program [OSERS]