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State Seeks Input on Special Education

Media Contact: Dana Tofig, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 463-1487,       March, 11, 2009 -- The Georgia Department of Education has posted its annual application for federal grants that assist with the education of students with disabilities and will be seeking public comment on the application throughout April.     In Fiscal Year 2009, school systems in Georgia received more than $300 million in grants under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and is anticipating another $310 million in IDEA funds through the federal stimulus package. In order to continue to receive that funding, the state must post its Annual State Application for IDEA Grants Funds for public review for 60 days. The state must also have a 30-day public comment window.     Georgia's  Annual State Application for IDEA Grant Funds  has been posted on the  GaDOE's website .    The public comment period will run from April 1 through April 30.   Written comments should be sent to:  Nancy O’Hara, Director   Division for Special Education Services   1870 Twin Towers East   Atlanta, Ga. 30334    Comments can be emailed to: