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April 9, 2008

ISBE DELL e-Broadcast 2008.105 - Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) Grants to Local Educational Agencies

Dear Educators Serving ELLs:

The US Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students is releasing a foreign language assistance program (FLAP) grant to local educational agencies.

The Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) provides grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) for innovative model programs providing for the establishment, improvement, or expansion of foreign language study for elementary and secondary school students. Under this competition, as required by the fiscal year 2008 Appropriations Act, 5-year grants will be awarded to LEAs to work in partnership with one or more institutions of higher education (IHEs) to establish or expand articulated programs of study in languages critical to United States national security in order to enable successful students to achieve a superior level of proficiency in those languages as they advance from elementary school through high school and college. In addition, an LEA that receives a grant under this program must use the funds to support programs that show the promise of being continued beyond the grant period and demonstrate approaches that can be disseminated to and duplicated in other LEAs. Projects supported under this program may also include a professional development component.

For more information on the federal register application notice see: http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2008-1/032708a.pdf

For guidance in preparing an application see

http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/oela/OELAprograms/4_FLAP.htm

The deadline for notice of intent to apply is April 11, 2008.
The deadline for transmitting applications is April 30, 2008.

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