Department of Education Dispenses 24 Million in Sped Grants to States

The U.S. Department of Education is paying out $24 million in funding to bolster personnel training to help children with disabilities.

“The quality of education our children with disabilities receive is dependent on how well-equipped the workforce is in supporting young people with disabilities,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants will support states’ efforts to improve their training systems for staff, and better serve children with disabilities as a result.”

The State Personnel Development Grants Program is authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The program provides funds to assist states in reforming and improving their systems for personnel preparation and professional development in early intervention, education and transition services in order to enhance results for children with disabilities.

Under the program, states must partner with at least one higher education institution to implement the terms of the grant. States must also partner with at least one local education agency and either a Parent Training and Information Center, or a Community Parent Resource Center.

Grant awards will support several types of projects, including recruitment and retention of highly qualified special education teachers; training in how to connect instruction for students with disabilities with the common core standards; teacher mentoring; collaborating with regular education teachers; and training in methods of positive behavioral interventions and supports to improve student behavior in the classroom.

Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin are the other states that will receive grants.

Read more at Ohio to get $1.27M for disability education.

Department of Education Dispenses 24 Million in Sped Grants to States.

Jimmy Kilpatrick, a national recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.

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