Public schools can win state grants of up to $50,000 to aid disabled students under a $4 million contest announced Tuesday by the state Department of Education.
“If you believe all students can learn you must believe students with disabilities can achieve academic excellence,” state Superintendent of Education John White said in a prepared statement.
The competition is aimed at helping students with disabilities when the state starts moving to a more rigorous curriculum in 2014.
The new rules, which are called Common Core Standards, will be used by most states and allow easier national comparisons on student performance.
The contest is aimed at finding ways to help students with disabilities meet the new standards, including changes in staffing, planning, scheduling and technology.
The competition is called Believe and Include.
Applications are due by Sept. 15 and winners will be announced in October.
The rules require at least three public schools to partner on an application. Each grant will total at least $150,000.
The $4 million is federal money made available through staff consolidations and other steps, according to the state Department of Education.