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US Department of Education grants will help students with disabilities
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 02, 2012 15:11 PM

While students with disabilities may learn at a different pace than other pupils, their teachers will still be expected to prepare them for their lives outside of academia under the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Educators are required to help those who are eligible for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act excel within their schools' curricula, according to the CCSS' website.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education announced that 22 states will receive $24 million in grants to help their schools improve the quality of instruction students with disabilities receive. Alabama, California, Massachusetts, Utah and Wisconsin are among the states that are set to receive funding.

"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 Arne Duncan, the U.S. secretary of education. "These grants will support states' efforts to improve their training systems for staff and better serve children with disabilities as a result."

States will use the grant money they receive to fund several projects, including making sure teachers know how to align their instruction for students with disabilities with the CCSS.