$9.2 Million in Grants Awarded to Nine States including Illinois
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Illinois is among nine states to benefit from $9.2 million in grant money announced by the U.S. Department of Education announced Friday.
The money is earmarked to improve personnel training systems to help children with disabilities.
Illinois, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, and Tennessee are the states receiving grants. 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.
Grant awards will support a number 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. The Illinois Department of Education will receive $1,746,358.