Ed. Dept. Distributes Grants For Special Education Training

The U.S. Department of Education handed out almost 50 grants, totaling $11.5 million, to special education programs nationwide.
by | September 30, 2011

Educators who work with special needs students will be able to access specialized training programs after the U.S. Department of Education awarded $11.5 million in grants on Thursday to special education programs across the nation.

According to a department press release, the extra funding will help train personnel in early intervention, early childhood education, low-incidence disabilities, speech and language disabilities, adapted physical education and secondary/transition services. The specific needs were identified by the individual states that received the grants.

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

The grants, averaging about $250,000 apiece, were awarded to 46 special education programs in 24 states.

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