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Ouachita Parish gets 150k for special needs student programs

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Wednesday, State Superintendent of Education John White visited Ouachita Parish to present Superintendent Dr. Robert Webber with a check for $150,000.

The presentation was part of the department's Believe and Include grant initiative. The department is funding the $4 million dollar grant program through the repurposing of existing federal funding for projects through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and returning the money to schools to spur innovation that will directly impact student achievement for students with special needs.  

Richwood Middle School, Riser Middle School and Ouachita Junior High School are partnering together to increase the academic performance of students with disabilities in English Language Arts and math. The grant will be used to fund the Zap the Gap program which aims to increase reading and math performance in students with disabilities through a summer program at two schools and a Saturday program at the third.

Zap the Gap is a technology driven service facilitating the use of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and extended school time to enable students with disabilities to experience success on assessments for the Common Core State Standards. The program will support the use of interactive and integrative software and hardware that will enable students and parents to have greater access to the curriculum and educational materials.

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