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Jerry P. Becker

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2 Items in the Education News
Posted: Oct 21, 1998 12:09 AM
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Forty-five grants (totaling $68 million) were announced
by the Office of Education this week to help meet the growing
demand for public charter schools. Sixteen states will
receive 1st-year grants; another 11 states -- as well as
Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, one school in New Mexico, & 2
schools in Hawaii -- will receive 2nd- or 3rd-year funding.

Charter schools are public schools under contract from a
public agency to groups of parents, teachers, school
administrators or others who want to create alternatives &
choice within the public school system. Museums, local
businesses & community groups are among the partners involved.
The schools are free, open to all, & designed to be publicly
accountable, as well as creative, flexible & responsive to
student & parent needs.

President Clinton has asked Congress
for more than $100 million for the Public Charter Schools
Program in fiscal year 1999, a sum that would support up to
1,400 charter schools. More than 900 charter schools in 29
states now receive federal support under this program. Funds
from other federal programs, such as Goals 2000 & Title I, may
also be used to support charter schools & to share lessons
learned with other public schools.

For more information, including a list of states that will
receive awards, please see:



The Schools & Libraries Corporation (SLC) announced last week that the
application cycle for the 1999-2000 E-rate funding period will
begin on December 1, 1998. During this application cycle,
there will be an 80-day window (closing February 19, 1999, at
11:59 p.m. ET) during which all completed applications
received by the SLC will be considered as if they had arrived
simultaneously. Forms received after the 80th day will be
treated on a 1st-come, 1st-served basis, in accordance with
the FCC's rules. The 1999-2000 funding period will begin July
1, 1999, and run through June 30, 2000.

Application materials will be mailed to public school
districts, library systems, & non-public schools prior to
December 1, 1998. Materials will also be available via the
SLC Web Site ( & via the toll-free help
line, 1-888-203-8100. Guidance documents will also be
available via toll-free fax-on-demand, 1-800-959-0733.

TO LEARN THE LATEST NEWS on the E-rate, tune into the
Department's Satellite Town Meeting on Tuesday, October 20 at
8 p.m. (ET). For more information, call 1-800-USA-LEARN or

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)

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