Action Alert: Say NO to MI Administrative Rule Changes
Sunday, February 23, 2014
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
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:
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
Say NO to these special education rule revisions!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
short term objectives for all students. This removes accountable and measurable
the ‘multidisciplinary evaluation team” and new limitations on the education
personnel responsible for evaluating students in thirteen areas of eligibility.
down requirements for Hearing Impairment and Visual Impairment teachers due to
the critical shortage. So students will be short-changed.
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.
Just Say NO!
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.