The Federal Register:
Applications for New Awards; State Personnel Development Grants Program
Purpose of Program: The purpose of this program, authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, is to assist State educational agencies in reforming and improving their systems for personnel preparation and professional development in early intervention, educational, and transition services in order to improve results for children with disabilities.
Absolute Priority 1—Effective and Efficient Delivery of Professional Development
Absolute Priority 2—State Personnel Development Grants
Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested $41,630,000 for the SPDG program for FY 2017, of which we intend to use an estimated $24,350,000 for this competition.
Estimated Range of Awards: $500,000-$2,100,000 . . . awards will be not less than $80,000.
Estimated Number of Awards: 25.
We are spending nearly $42 million dollars to educate adults in the education of children with disabilities when those adults received that education in college.
Fewer than half of the State Education Agencies supported by the government will receive these awards.
The purpose of this program is to improve results for children with disabilities yet these children will not receive the benefit of the $41 plus millions, adults will. Adults who graduated from high school and college to become Special Education teachers.
Projects funded under this program must:
(a) Budget for a three-day project directors’ meeting in Washington, DC, during each year of the project;
(b) Budget $4,000 annually for support of the SPDG Program Web site currently administered by the University of Oregon
How could a three day meeting in Washington and a web site improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities?
“There is at least one study of the effectiveness of the process, product, strategy, or practice being proposed that meets the What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards”
If these standards already exist and must be adhered to why is it necessary to spend $41 million dollars to have SEA’s repeat work that has already been done?
Research shows that a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that discovers and develops the gifts and talents of our children works.
Anything less is a waste of money.
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