The Reducing Overidentification in Special Education (ROSE) grant program is a highly competitive Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) grant opportunity that will leverage remaining one-time American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Relief Funds (ESSER III) to make a substantial investment in local education agency (LEA) strategies that will mitigate long-term learning loss for students who are disproportionately likely to be misidentified as students with intellectual and/or emotional disabilities and, as a result, end up in unnecessarily restrictive classroom environments that hinder progress rather than provide the remediation and acceleration necessary within the general education classroom for these students.
MSDE will award up to three, $1,000,000 grants to local education agencies to directly address the disproportionate identification of certain student subgroups in special education populations. To that end, grants will be awarded for work that includes and addresses the overidentification of historically underserved students with intellectual and/or emotional disabilities, such as African American students, English learners, and economically disadvantaged students.
Grant Program Guidance and Grant Program Application Information
Customer Service Support Sessions
If you have questions about the application or the process, please contact the Program Monitor:
Assistant State Superintendent, Financial Planning, Operations, and Strategy
Office: (410) 767-0439
A list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers will be posted to the MSDE website following customer service support sessions.
Application Submission Dates:
Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on May 16, 2023.
March 1, 2023
Reducing Overidentification in Special Education Grant
March 20, 2023
January 26, 2023
February 2, 2023
April 1, 2023
Application window closes
April - May, 2023
The Review Committee evaluates applications
MSDE announces grant awards
May 2023 - September 2024