The U.S. Department of Education announced October 1 that 22 states will receive a total of $24 million in grants for programs that supports teachers and other educators working with students 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,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a news release. “These grants will support states’ efforts to improve their training systems for staff, and better serve children with disabilities as a result.”
The grants requires states to partner with at least one higher education agency, to train and recruit special education teachers, improve teaching techniques, increasing training in positive behavioral education techniques, and work on other projects to assist with the early intervention, education and transition services for students with disabilities, according to the release.
The grants are part of the department’s State Personnel Development Grants Program, which is authorized as part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.