April 22, 2003

In this Issue:

  1. IDEA General Supervision Enhancement Grant (84.326X): Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2003
      Source: Federal Register: April 18, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 75)
  2. Newborn Screening: Characteristics of State Programs.
      Source: GAO Reports - April 16, 2003
  3. House Education Committee Completes Mark-up of IDEA Reauthorization Bill
      Source: edworkforce.house.gov/press - April 10, 2003
  4. Children in the States 2003
      Source: Children's Defense Fund - April 22, 2003
  5. Journal Issue and Companion Publications Focus on Children's Health Insurance
      Source: MCH Alert - April 18, 2003

1. IDEA General Supervision Enhancement Grant (84.326X): Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2003

Source: Federal Register: April 18, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 75)

IDEA General Supervision Enhancement Grant (84.326X): The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services invites applications for FY 2003 under the Special Education--Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities Program. This program is authorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended. This notice provides closing dates, a priority, and other information regarding the transmittal of applications.

Applications Available: April 18, 2003. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 2, 2003.
Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 1, 2003.
Estimated Available Funds: $7 million.
Eligible Applicants: State educational agencies (SEAs) of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, outlying areas and Freely Associated States that have not been awarded grants under this competition (84.326X) in previous years.

Please note: The chart at the end of this notice lists eligible applicants and the range for State basic grant awards for FY 2003. http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2003-2/041803c.html

2. Newborn Screening: Characteristics of State Programs.

Source: GAO Reports - April 16, 2003

The General Accounting Office (GAO) today released the following report: Newborn Screening: Characteristics of State Programs. GAO-03-449, March 17.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03449.pdf
http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d03449high.pdf
- Highlights

3. House Education Committee Completes Mark-up of IDEA Reauthorization Bill

Source: edworkforce.house.gov/press - April 10, 2003

On April 10, 2003, the U.S. House Education & the Workforce Committee gave bipartisan approval to landmark legislation authored by Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) that would reform and reauthorize the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the nation's education law for students with special needs. H.R. 1350, Improving Education Results for Children With Disabilities Act of 2003, can be accessed at: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c108:H.R.1350:

4. Children in the States 2003

Source: Children's Defense Fund - April 22, 2003

Children in the States 2003. How well does your state fare on behalf of children? Key state and national data are available in a concise uniform format at http://www.childrensdefense.org/statesdata.htm. [Note: Link checked on 5/10/2007 - this document is no longer available online. More recent information is available at http://www.childrensdefense.org/child-research-data-publications/us-state-child-data.html ].

5. Journal Issue and Companion Publications Focus on Children's Health Insurance

Source: MCH Alert - April 18, 2003

Health Insurance for Children, the spring 2003 issue of The Future of Children, discusses the current state of children's health insurance and examines options for reform. Special sections of the issue focus on program design, marketing concerns, and creative solutions currently being tested by state and local governments. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has also produced two companion publications. The first, Health Insurance for Children: A Synopsis distills key points of each article in the journal issue and includes selected graphics and a bibliography. The second, Health Insurance for Children: Issues and Ideas is tailored for policymakers and includes information on key issues, promising programs, and resources.

The complete journal issue is available at http://www.futureofchildren.org/pubs-info2825/pubs-info_show.htm?doc_id=161387.
The synopsis is available at http://www.futureofchildren.org/pubs-info3861/pubs-info.htm?doc_id=161918.
The policymakers' guide is available at http://www.futureofchildren.org/pubs-info2845/pubs-info.htm?doc_id=161389.

[Originally published in MCHAlert 2003 National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health and Georgetown University. Reprinted with permission.]