$9.2 Million in Grants Awarded to Nine States to Improve Training Systems to Help Children with Disabilities

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$9.2 Million in Grants Awarded to Nine States to Improve Training Systems to Help Children with Disabilities

August 7, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the award of $9.2 million in grants to nine states to improve personnel training systems to help children with disabilities. States receiving grants are: Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada and Tennessee.

The State Personnel Development Grants Program, authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 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.

“America’s children with disabilities – like their nondisabled peers – deserve a world-class education,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “These awards will give states a helping hand to improve their training systems so that special education staff can provide their students with disabilities with the best education possible.”

Under the program, states must partner with at least one higher education institution to implement the terms of the grant. States must also join 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 provide students with disabilities access to the general education curriculum; teacher coaching and mentoring; comprehensive online professional development; and training in increasing reading achievement for students with specific learning disabilities.

The grants are being funded under the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. For information about the specific grants, please visit Signetwork, the State Personnel Development Network. Following is a list of the grants and the amount of each award:

State Personnel Development Grants:

Recipient Amount
Arizona Department of Education $1,047,817
Arkansas Department of Education $899,777
Illinois Department of Education $1,746,358
Indiana Department of Education $877,606
Iowa Department of Education $1,057,915
Minnesota Department of Education $1,099,182
Montana Office of Public Instruction $750,000
Nevada Department of Education $734,215
Tennessee State Department of Education $990,191
Total $9,203,061