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The 2013-2014 Title I, 1003(a) Priority and Focus School grant is now available to eligible applicants.

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The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is back!  E-mail
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 13:51

Nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies alike can compete for a share of $50,000 in small business grants. Register for the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, and tell them what separates your business from the rest!

Here's what FedEx is giving away:

  • Grand prize grant of $25,000
  • Four first-place grants of $5,000
  • Five second-place grants of $1,000

Yes folks, it's back! The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest did so well, FedEx decided to do it again this year! 

FedEx launched their first Small Business Grant Contest in 2012. Designed to help small business owners achieve their dreams, competing companies had to answer the question, “If you were given $25,000 to spend on your business, what would you do with it?” They uploaded the answer and photos of their business online.

According to FedEx, "The response was impressive. Entrants included hundreds of small businesses, from nonprofits and startups to third-generation family-owned businesses. Their dreams were a testament to imagination and business savvy. They wanted to build better websites, expand to create more jobs, franchise their ideas, and innovate new products and services."

Six companies received grants, and FedEx said that "A year later, those businesses have made great strides toward their goals."

It was such a success, they want to do it again this year!

Is ADHD as prevalent as we think?
Thursday, 26 December 2013 16:00

According to an article on "The dramatic rise in the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) coincided with a two-decade campaign by drug companies, aimed at doctors, educators and parents, to promote pills to treat the disorder, according to The New York Times.

Almost one in five boys of high school age, and 11 percent of school-age children overall, have received a medical diagnosis of ADHD in the United States. Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found an estimated 6.4 million children ages 4 to 17 had received an ADHD diagnosis at some point. This represents a 16 percent increase since 2007, and a 53 percent increase in the past 10 years.

Dr. Keith Conners, a leader in the fight to legitimize ADHD, is very concerned about the increase in diagnoses. He notes the number of children on medication for the disorder has risen to 3.5 million, from 600,000 in 1990. He called the increase 'a national disaster of dangerous proportions.'

'The numbers make it look like an epidemic. Well, it’s not. It’s preposterous,' he told the newspaper. 'This is a concoction to justify the giving out of medication at unprecedented and unjustifiable levels.'

The drug industry is now focusing its efforts on adult ADHD, which could become even more profitable than the children’s market, the article notes.

While ADHD is acknowledged to be a legitimate disability that can interfere with success at school, work and personal life, many critics say the effort to treat every child with signs of ADHD has led to too many receiving the diagnosis and medication.

According to the article, drug company marketing portrays ADHD as including relatively normal behavior, such as carelessness and impatience, and has often exaggerated the medications’ benefits.

News from the Division of Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting
Thursday, 26 December 2013 15:36

Important Guidance Update: School Health and Related Services (SHARS) Medicaid Cost Share and IDEA-B LEA Maintenance of Effort (MOE)

In October and November 2013, TEA’s Division of Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting published a guidance handbook and provided training detailing the relationship between SHARS Medicaid cost share and the IDEA-B LEA MOE requirement.

Specifically, the handbook and training explained that in accordance with 34 CFR 80.24(b)(3), the federal regulation prohibiting an LEA from counting the same non-federal funds from being used to meet more than one cost-share or match requirement, an LEA’s SHARS Medicaid cost share amount must be excluded from the LEA’s total state and local special education expenditures.

As a result of guidance received on December 5, 2013, from USDE’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), that prohibition is now lifted. OSEP has determined that 34 CFR 80.24(b)(3) is not applicable to IDEA.

The following two changes are therefore in effect immediately:

  • State and local dollars expended for special education and related services to match other federal programs may be included in the IDEA-B LEA MOE calculation.
  • The SHARS Medicaid cost share amount will not be subtracted from an LEA’s state and local expenditures in calculating IDEA-B LEA MOE.

Updates to TEA’s IDEA-B LEA MOE and SHARS handbooks, as well as other guidance, will be published in the near future.

Special Education Consolidated Grant Application

2013-2014 Special Education Carryover: Adjustments for Carryover Complete Adjustments for carryover have now been completed for the 2013-2014 Special Education Consolidated Grant Application. TEA staff initiated these budget adjustments by adjusting the largest budgeted class/object code to incorporate the carryover amounts.

The final day to submit an amendment to the 2013-2014 Special Education Consolidated Grant Application is June 13, 2014.

If you are interested in applying for any of the numerous TEA grant opportunities, and need help with your grant proposal application, please email us here

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