NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans schools received a $1.3 million grant to serve students with disabilities.
The Recovery School District and Orleans Parish School Board announced that this 2015-16 Citywide Exceptional Needs Fund distribution follows the initial distribution of approximately $1.3 million in 2014-15.
CENF grants will go to 33 schools in support of 237 students. The grant serves students with special needs, some of whom require intensive, individualized staffing. Such support will include a full time aide to support daily activities, specialized transportation supports from home to school, and technologies to allow them to engage with non disabled peers.
"Through the CENF, we are ensuring equity for students with special needs in our schools," said OPSB Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. "It simply costs more to serve some students in our system; in some cases, individualized supports exceed $80,000 for one child. Next year, under the unified funding formula, schools that serve students with disabilities will be supported by approximately $30,000 and the CENF will continue addressing the gap to ensure high quality education for all students."