Public Funds For Private Profits

Applications for New Awards; Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities-Preparation of Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services Leadership Personnel

Purpose of Program: The purposes of this program are to (1) help address State-identified needs for personnel preparation in special education, early intervention, related services, and regular education to work with children, including infants and toddlers, with disabilities; and (2) ensure that those personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge, derived from practices that have been determined through scientifically based research and experience, to be successful in serving those children.

Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested $83,700,000 for the Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program for FY 2016, of which we intend to use an estimated $3,500,000 for this competition. . .

Estimated Range of Awards:$225,000-$250,000 per year.

Estimated Average Size of Awards:$237,500 per year.

Estimated Number of Awards: 14

Wouldn’t it be more prudent for our government to spend the nearly $84 million tax dollars on actually educating children instead of funding fourteen institutions that will only train a limited number of adults over the next five years.

This is simply another funding stream flowing towards the profitable not-for-profit industry that very profitable corporations operate.

Should that $84 million dollars be sent to districts so that they can provide every child with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents that every child possesses towards becoming a knowledgeable, actively engaged citizen, those districts could afford neighborhood schools with small class sizes.

With $84 million dollars actually spent on educating children, districts could afford to provide every school with sports programs and field trips at the elementary, middle, and secondary level.

Add that $84 million to the $77 million already being spent on special education and we would improve services and results for every child in America.

Spending money to educate adults because we failed to properly educate children in counterproductive but profitable.

It is time we stop supporting the profits of the “hedgehogs” and begin supporting the gifts and talents of our children.

Join the Movement to Save Our Children!

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