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For Immediate Release
November 9, 2004

Illinois receives one of five national grant awards
for special education

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois is one of only five states in the nation to receive a grant to improve special education services for school aged children. The $442,000 grant award was made by from the United States Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) after a highly competitive grant application process. Reviewers awarded Illinois the grant based on the high quality of the project’s design, management and project evaluation plans.

Through grant funds, the State Board will:

  • identify school districts most in need of monitoring and support to improve their special education performance;
  • generate and distribute special education data and reports to the public; and
  • create web-based school district Special Education Profiles on performance in accomplishing the goals identified in the Illinois Continuous Improvement Plan (ICIP).

“I’m proud that Illinois is being recognized as a leader in supporting special education students,” said Gov. Rod Blagojevich. “This grant will allow the new State Board to provide the kind of high-quality service needed by special education students and local districts.”

The award is an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part B General Supervision Enhancement Grant. Thanks to the grant, the Board will be able to develop a system for ensuring that it has the data necessary to help districts work toward their ICIP goals. ICIP, established in January 2002, brings major changes in the collection, management, and organization of data for school improvement for students with disabilities. The five-year plan addresses goals centered on school completion, improving the educational environment, personnel, family involvement and general supervision and monitoring.

The State Board will issue a Request for Sealed Proposals this month to implement the grant.

Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777