Tennessee Receives $3.4 Million to Support Special Education

October 8, 2009

Tennessee Receives $3.4 Million to
Support Special Education

(NASHVILLE, TN), October 8, 2009 —  Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) said today she has been informed that Tennessee has received a $3.4 million grant to help special education students.  The grant, which was awarded through the United States Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, will be used for instructional services for the students.

“This grant will be very helpful in addressing the needs of special education students,” said Senator Gresham.  “It will help in a variety of ways from increasing literacy skills to focusing on providing these students with the early intervention needed to put them on the right educational path for success in school.”

The four-year grant focuses on improving school and instructional climate, improving math outcomes for all students, improving early childhood outcomes for young children diagnosed with autism, increasing literacy skills, identifying and remedying existing inequities in the distribution of highly qualified teachers – including special education teachers and ensuring low income and minority children with disabilities are not taught by inexperienced, unqualified, or out-of-field teacher at higher rates than other children.

The grant will also allow the Department of Education to provide technical assistance and professional development for general and special education teachers to facilitate the use of evidence-based and scientifically validated teaching methods.

“This money will simply help us improve educational opportunities for special education students in Tennessee,” concluded Gresham.  “I am very hopeful this grant will benefit many of our students.”

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