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U.S. Department of Education Awards $12.8 Million in Grants to Improve Services, Outcomes for Children with Disabilities

June 16, 2015
Source: U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the award of more than $12.8 million in grants to help improve services and results for students with disabilities. [Note: Grants were awarded to these Southeastern states: Alabama (1 grant); Florida (6 grants); North Carolina (2 grants); South Carolina (1 grant); Tennessee (1 grant). See the full list at]

"We must ensure that students with disabilities receive a world-class education and that their teachers are equipped to help them be successful," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "These grants support important projects in schools across the country to help students with disabilities reach their full academic potential."

The Special Education-Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities/Preparation of Leadership Personnel Program will deliver $3.6 million in awards to prepare graduate students for leadership positions in special education, early intervention and related services. With many college professors and administrators in special education facing retirement in the coming years, leadership shortages are expected. Some of the funds will help train future leaders at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels to fill faculty positions in special education, early intervention and related services. Other grants will help prepare scholars to serve as supervisors of personnel providing direct services to infants and children with disabilities.

Another grant program, under the Combined Priority for Personnel Development, also will provide $9.2 million in funds to help address state-identified needs for highly qualified personnel in special education, early intervention and regular education programs that serve children with disabilities. The grants will help train educators in such areas as early childhood, low-incidence disabilities, speech/language issues, adapted physical education and transition services.

The Office of Special Education Programs is the primary source of federal funding for doctoral training in special education and early intervention.

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