Hoeven Announces Nearly $33 Million in Federal Funding to Support the Education Needs of Students with Disabilities

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Education (DOE) has released expected funding amounts to support the education needs of individuals with disabilities. The funds, made available through the DOE’s Office of Special Education, will be awarded to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. The funds are awarded as follows:

• Special Education – Grants to States – $29,926,082 – To help the state meet the costs of providing special education and related services to children with disabilities.
• Grants for Infants and Families – $2,247,675 – To assist the state in implementing various programs aimed at making early intervention services available to children with disabilities, aged birth through two, and their families.
• Special Education – Preschool Grants – $767,695 – To make special education and related services available for children with disabilities who are between the ages of three and five.

“In order to ensure that North Dakotans continue to enjoy a high quality of life, it’s important to provide all children with the resources they need to grow, learn and thrive,” Hoeven said. “Today’s funding opportunities will support a variety of projects aimed at doing just that.”

This funding is based on annual appropriations bills to support the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which works to ensure children with disabilities have access to education. IDEA also aims to make sure that schools have the tools and resources they need to give students an education that fits their needs.