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Action Alert: Say NO to MI Administrative Rule Changes

Sunday, February 23, 2014   (1 Comments)
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Tell Michigan Department of Education, State Superintendent Michael Flanagan and Governor Rick Snyder, NO to Devastating Revisions to the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education.


Public Comment is short and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014

ISSUE: The Michigan Department of Education is proposing catastrophic changes to the rules that govern how students with IEPs are educated in its public schools. The public comment period is SHORT and WAYS TO COMMENT ARE LIMITED. If these rule revisions become reality in Michigan they will lead to a landslide of similar revisions in states across the U.S.

Public Comment will only be accepted through three methods:

Online Submission Form

Comment period ends at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014

Two Public Hearings, both on March 10th:

March 10, 2014
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Detroit School of Arts
123 Selden Street
Detroit, Michigan 48201

March 10, 2014
4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Lansing Community College West Campus
5708 Cornerstone Drive
Lansing, Michigan 48917

U.S. Mail To:

Public Comment
Office of Special Education
Michigan Department of Education
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48909

***Public Comment will not be accepted via email or fax: Those who wish to comment via email can send comments to MarcieLipsitt@outlook.com. Marcie Lipsitt will print and mail every public comment emailed to her by March 11, 2014. Please include name and contact information.

Say NO to these special education rule revisions!

  • Giving local control to Intermediate School Districts (ISD) and school districts to determine special education staffing annually based upon the number of students will explode special education staff caseloads.
  • Removing all transparency from the ISD "alternate special education plan.” MI ISDs have authority to override all special education programs, program sizes, teacher caseloads and student age spans, and create their own. The MI DOE is now proposing to remove all transparency and only require that the ISD keeps a copy of this "alternate plan” on file.
  • Requiring parents to initiate consent for special education prior to convening an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team is incongruent with the IDEA 300.306 and devaluing the important role that parents play in determining eligibility and services.
  • A student will only be a student with a disability until the high school credits necessary for a diploma are earned and then a district can unceremoniously exit the student and with no concern for the student’s preparedness for Post-Secondary and employability.
  • Requiring paraprofessionals to have only a high school diploma. Ensuring the lowest level of qualifications for staff who provide direct instruction in reading, written expression and mathematics.
  • Narrowing the criteria to determine if a student is eligible under an Autism Spectrum Disorder. This will eliminate students on the ASD spectrum needing specialized instruction and related services.
  • Eliminating short term objectives for all students. This removes accountable and measurable progress.
  • Removing the ‘multidisciplinary evaluation team” and new limitations on the education personnel responsible for evaluating students in thirteen areas of eligibility.
  • Watering down requirements for Hearing Impairment and Visual Impairment teachers due to the critical shortage. So students will be short-changed.
  • Allowing physician assistants (bachelor’s degree and do not specialize in pediatric evaluations for disabilities) to be on the evaluation team to determine a Physical Impairment (PI), Other Health Impairment (OHI), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Deaf-Blind.
  • Requiring only a psychiatrist, psychologist and social worker in determining a student’s eligibility for an Emotional Impairment How do you "rule out a learning disability” when no achievement testing or cognitive battery is conducted?

    Contrary to MI DOE’s assertion, these proposed revisions have nothing to do with "improving student outcomes” Rather, they will allow Michigan, ISDs and LEAs to balance their budgets on the backs of students with disabilities.
Just Say NO!

Comments...

Mandy Ammermann says...
Posted Tuesday, February 25, 2014
These revisions will be detrimental to our children! Budget cuts at the expense of our children is unacceptable!

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