Education Department announces millions in new grants

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The U.S. Department of Education has announced a variety of new grants to support educators for students with disabilities.

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Education Department announces grants

On September 29, the Education Department announced $11.5 million in grants to educators at colleges nationwide for programs such as “early intervention, early childhood; low-incidence disabilities; related services, speech/language and adapted physical education and secondary/transition services.”

“Students with disabilities deserve the same world-class education as their non-disabled peers,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a news release. “These grants will move us closer to that goal by giving special educators valuable training.”

The program is funded through the department’s Special Education – Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities Program.

On September 28, the Education Department announced $7.7 million in grants to eight states for improving their programs for “personnel preparation and professional development in early intervention, education, and transition services” for students with disabilities, according to a news release.

The program funded, through the department’s Special Education – State Personnel Development Grants Program, requires the states to partner with at least one higher education institution. The recipients were Connecticut, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Wyoming.