Proposed Special Ed Changes in Michigan
I'm sorry if this offends anyone, but this is important to me and I was hoping that some of you might be willing to get the word out.
If you live in Michigan, and haven't seen this yet, you should take a moment to read through this.
Michigan is trying to slide through a bunch of changes to their Special Education Guidelines. They are going to only accept public comments through March 13. They only have two town-hall style meetings about this, and the locations are not convenient for many parents. They are trying to fly this very low under the radar.
Here is a link to the proposed changes. Among the changes are the elimination of Multidisciplinary Teams for IEPs, only requiring para-pros to have high-school educations, and changes to how ASD is determined with regard to special accommodations, and this will potentially force children who qualify for ASD support services into Mainstream classes without support.
One mom started a Change.org petition. If you are as horrified as I am, would you please take a moment and sign the petition? The petition is woefully short of the 10K signature goal.