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Texas committee hears testimony on special education micro-grant bill

Added 04-22-21 02:23:01pm EST - “A Texas Senate committee heard testimony this week on legislation that would extend a micro-grant program for special education students in public schools.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Texas committee hears testimony on special education micro-grant bill”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Texas Senate committee heard testimony this week on legislation that would extend a micro-grant program for special education students in public schools.

Senate Bill 1716 would continue an existing program that provides enrolled special education students with $1,500 stipends to fund supplemental special education services and materials.

The program is funded with federal COVID-19 relief funds, which lawmakers may need to revisit once the federal aid money runs out.

State Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, told the Texas Senate Committee on Education on Tuesday that the state has 17,000 eligible students, with 7,000 scholarships awarded so far.

“We must make this program permanent so that special education families can continue to receive state supported improvements [to a] child’s special education,” Perry said.

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