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

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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

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.

"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. Here are the grants being awarded:

Special Education-Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities/Preparation of Leadership Personnel—325D

State City Recipient Amount
CA Los Angeles Calif. State Los Angeles, Univ. Auxiliary Services, Inc. $250,000
FL Gainesville University of Florida Board of Trustees $249,479
FL Orlando University of Central Florida $240,883
IL Champaign The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois $249,936
IL Chicago The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois $247,798
KS Lawrence University of Kansas Center for Research Inc. $250,000
KS Lawrence University of Kansas Center for Research Inc. $249,976
MD College Park University of Maryland $249,998
NV Reno Board of Regents, NSHE, obo University of Nevada, Reno $248,811
OK Norman Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma $250,000
OR Eugene University of Oregon $248,937
SC Columbia University of South Carolina $208,620
TX Austin University of Texas at Austin $244,351
UT Salt Lake City University of Utah $242,367
VA Richmond Virginia Commonwealth University $221,112
Totals     $3,652,277

Special Education—Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities—Combined Priority for Personnel Development—325K

Focus Area "A" Early Childhood

State City Recipient Amount
AL Birmingham University of Alabama $243,519
AZ Flagstaff ABOR for and obo Northern Arizona University $250,000
CT Farmington University of Connecticut Health Center $245,000
ME Orono University of Maine System $250,000
NY Hempstead Hofstra University $250,000
WA Seattle University of Washington $249,999
Totals     $1,488,518

Focus Area "B" Low Incidence

State City Recipient Amount
AZ Tucson Arizona Board of Regents, University of Arizona $249,994
CA Long Beach California State University Long Beach Foundation $249,962
CO Greeley University of Northern Colorado $249,971
FL Boca Raton Florida Atlantic University $249,788
FL Orlando University of Central Florida $250,000
FL Tallahassee Florida State University $250,000
HI Honolulu University of Hawaii $222,486
OK Norman Board of Regents, University of Oklahoma $249,025
OR Eugene University of Oregon $172,543
OR Portland Portland State University $249,930
OR Portland Portland State University $249,989
TX Lubbock Texas Tech University $249,999
UT Salt Lake City University of Utah $249,625
VA Norfolk Old Dominion University Research Foundation $250,000
Totals     $3,393,312

Focus Area "C" Related Services

State City Recipient Amount
CA Long Beach California State University Long Beach Foundation $249,915
IL DeKalb Northern Illinois University $239,061
IL Downers Grove Midwestern University $238,239
MN Minneapolis Regents of the University of Minnesota $236,716
NY Garden City Adelphi University $250,000
TN Knoxville University of Tennessee Health Science Center $186,346
TX Austin University of Texas at Austin $249,963
TX Austin University of Texas at Austin $249,790
UT Logan Utah State University $169,487
Totals     $2,069,517

Focus Area "D" Minority Institutions

State City Recipient Amount
CA Seaside California State University at Monterey Bay $240,405
CA San Francisco San Francisco State University $249,868
CA San Jose San Jose State University Research Foundation $250,000
CA San Jose San Jose State University Research Foundation $250,000
FL Miami The Florida International University Board of Trustees $250,000
NC Greensboro NC Agricultural and Technical State University $250,000
NC Greensboro NC Agricultural and Technical State University $250,000
NV Las Vegas Board of Regents, NSHE obo University of Nevada $103,034
TX Victoria University of Houston-Victoria $195,861
VA Hampton Hampton University $249,954
Totals     $2,289,122

FY 2015 Grand Total

 

$12,892,746