WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education will not accept any new Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) applications this year, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

“Because many applications submitted and reviewed as part of the fiscal year (FY) 2006 competition for new awards under the Carol M. White Physical Education Program received high scores but were not able to be funded in FY 2006, we have decided to use that existing slate to make new awards in FY 2007 for this program,” according to a statement on the department's Web site. “This means that no new applications for this program will be solicited in FY 2007.”

The U.S. Department of Education plans to announce the 2007 grant awards in late spring or early summer.

Since Congress has not finished action on the 2007 appropriation for the program, the department could not estimate the number of awards expected to be given this year, according to the department's statement.