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E.D. Issues Guidelines for 'Even Start,' Teacher Grants

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Copyright 1988 Neither proposed rule expands greatly on the statute's language.

The rules for Even Start, which is to provide educational and other social services to disadvantaged children and their parents, specifies that participating children must reside in an elementary-school attendance area eligible for Chapter 1 compensatory education.

The rule would exclude children who live in an eligible secondary-school attendance zone, but whose elementary district is ineligible.

The Even Start regulations, published in the Oct. 25 Federal Register, also allow the department or state agencies to condition renewal of a grant on revisions in the project. The statute specifically allows only for termination of a project that cannot prove its effectiveness.

Proposed rules for first, which encompasses two separate grant programs, were published Nov. 3.

The "Schools and Teachers" portion of the program is to aid projects designed to improve educational opportunities for, and performance by, precollegiate teachers and students.

Under the rules, the department would set aside at least 25 percent of each year's funds for school-level projects, which would be conducted at schools or consortia of schools and run by a teacher or administrator. State agencies, school districts, higher-education institutions, and nonprofit groups would also be eligible for the remaining funds.

The other component of first, the "Family-School Partnership" program, provides grants to school districts for projects designed to increase family involvement in disadvantaged students' education.

The Education Department will accept comments on the proposed Even Start regulations through Dec. 17, and on the proposed rules for first through Dec. 19.--jm

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