Monday, May 21, 2007

Proposed Changes to Michigan Special Education Rules

Numerous changes to Michigan's Administrative Rules for Special Education have been proposed. One of the most controversial changes is to reduce extended school year programs (summer programs) for many students.There are other areas that may be equally important to parents, such as rule changes to Student Discipline Procedures, Intermediate School District Plans, and Procedural Safeguards.

I have not yet read the proposed changes, but it is striking that the Michigan Department of Education is holding these hearings at only three sites: Lansing, Oakland County, and Roscommon. No hearing in the Western part of the state, the UP, or in Detroit. June 11th, 12th, and 13th could not be a worse time for parents of school age children to come to a hearing. It almost seems as if the MDE is hoping no one will show up.

For links to information about the hearings and all the draft proposals, click here.

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