Schools receive grant to train special-education students



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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The Lafayette Parish school system has received an $86,450 grant to expand career and training opportunities for special-education students.

The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1ltwwtC ) reports the grant is part of a $4 million federal fund distributed by the Louisiana Department of Education.

The "Building Pathways to High School Diplomas for Students with Disabilities Opportunity Grants" were awarded to 55 districts, 10 charter schools and the Louisiana School for the Deaf and Visually Impaired.

Bart Thibodeaux, Lafayette Parish special-education director, says the grant will train and certify teachers to teach career education courses to students. Students will receive industry-recognized credentials in areas such as tourism and food.

Thibodeaux says the grant could be used to purchase new equipment and curriculum but the school system chose to focus on training.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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