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VCU gets grant to help with education for disabled

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 4:00am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Commonwealth University is getting a $1.25 million grant to address the shortage of teachers for infants, toddlers and preschool-age children with disabilities.

The Richmond school says the five-year grant comes from the U.S. Department of Education.

Officials say the grant will allow the VCU School of Education to prepare 40 fully-credentialed, highly qualified teachers with the aim of improving outcomes and academic success for infants and young children with disabilities. They'll focus on high-need communities like the greater Richmond metropolitan area.

According to the school, national statistics show persistent and growing needs for qualified personnel in early intervention, special education and related services. Special education ranks in the top 15 shortage areas, with 98 percent of the nation's school districts reporting shortages.

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