On December 15, 2014, The Federal Register published a notice inviting applications for new awards under the SPDG competition. The purpose of this program, which was authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), is to assist State educational agencies (SEAs) 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.
The notice established a January 29, 2015 deadline for the submission of applications, and a deadline of March 30, 2015, for intergovernmental review. Both deadlines have been extended by fifteen (15) days.
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