$24 Million in Grants Awarded to 22 States to Improve Training Systems to Help Children with Disabilities

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–October 1, 2012.  The U.S. Department of Education announced today the award of $24 million in grants to 22 states to improve personnel training systems to help children with disabilities. States receiving grants are: Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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.

“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. These grants will support states’ efforts to improve their training systems for staff, and better serve children with disabilities as a result.”

Under the program, states must partner with at least one higher education institution to implement the terms of the grant. States must also partner 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 connect instruction for students with disabilities with the common core standards; teacher mentoring; collaborating with regular education teachers; and training in methods of positive behavioral interventions and supports to improve student behavior in the classroom.

The grants are being funded under the Office of Special Education Programs. For information about the specific grants, please visit www.signetwork.org. Following is a list of the grants and the amount of each award:

State Personnel Development Grants:

Alabama State Department of Education, AL


State of California, CA


Delaware Department of Education, DE


Florida Department of Education, FL


Georgia Department of Education, GA


Idaho Department of Education, ID


Kansas State Department of Education, KS


Kentucky Department of Education, KY


Maryland State Department of Education, MD


Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, MA


Michigan Department of Education, MI


Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, MO


New Hampshire Department of Education, NH


New Mexico Public Education Department, NM


North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, ND


Ohio Department of Education, OH


Pennsylvania Department of Education, PA


Rhode Island Department of Education, RI


Utah State Office of Education, UT


Vermont Department of Education, VT


Virginia Department of Education, VA


Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, WI


Total: $24,196,019

Source: ed.gov