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1. Initial Report On The Status Of Ann Arbor Public Schools Special Of Ann Arbor Pu
michigan charter schools satisfying need. michigans charter schools schools should be required to make special provisions beyond that required to accommodate physically disabled

2. Does Special Ed Drain Schools? - 3/10/02
need to provide for specialeducation disabled. Today, there are less than 300. The rest have been folded into the special-education system. Advocates like Watkins note michigan
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Wings Talk Car Talk Tech Talk Horoscope Hot Sites Lottery Recommendations ... Autos Insider Auto Show Consumer Joyrides Business Careers Census Columnists ... Metro / State Livingston Macomb Oakland Wayne On Detroit Nation / World Obituaries Politics / Govt. Real Estate ... Olympics Lions/NFL Pistons/NBA Red Wings/NHL Shock/WNBA Tigers/Baseball MSU U-M Golf Guide High Schools Motor Sports Outdoors ... Homestyle home Decorating Food Gardening Home Improvement Home Life Home Tech Wine Report Sports Red Wings Lions Autos ... History The Detroit News. Use of this site indicates your agreement to the Terms of Service (updated 08/09/2001). Morris Richardson / The Detroit News Wayne County is asking voters this August to approve a 1.5-mill property tax increase to pay for the more expensive task of educating special education students like Brian Sourbeck.

3. Education Programs For Disabled Students Under Attack In Michigan
Proposed reforms would slash education and therapy provided by public schools districts to tens of thousands of michigan children with disabilities. special education far exceed the national standards, the proposed state reforms will actually curtail many of the rights now guaranteed to disabled children in michigan.
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Education programs for disabled students under attack in Michigan
By Debra Watson
9 May 2001 Back to screen version Send this link by email Last month students, teachers and parents rallied on the steps of the state capitol building in Lansing, Michigan to oppose plans by the state's Department of Education to reform the Michigan Special Education Code. The proposed reforms would slash education and therapy provided by public school districts to tens of thousands of Michigan children with disabilities. The reforms, which could go into effect some time in the next school year, will force families to pay a greater share of the cost of essential and often expensive services. Parents who cannot pay will see their children go without. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, a special committee appointed by state officials, developed the changes, claiming they were required to bring Michigan law in line with federal regulations. When the current Michigan rules for special education were first established in the early 1970s there was no nationwide requirement for even the most basic education for physically, cognitively or emotionally impaired children. In 1975 the federal government mandated minimal standards and partial federal funding for some services in public schools. When the US Congress authorized the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1990, the earlier federal standards were incorporated into the new act.

Charter schools. and special Education A Report on State Policies aids and serviceswith nondisabled students, to the maximum Public charter schools need to make sure they have

5. Safety Nets For Struggling Students - Michigan -
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Safety Nets for Struggling Students Successful schools have strong systems to identify and support students who are having academic or other difficulties. Here, some issues to consider in evaluating the safety nets that your school provides.

6. A Low-Income, High Potential School - Michigan -
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7. Charter Schools:  The Ins And Outs
In michigan, autonomy from the local school district of emotionally impaired, learningdisabled or physically or is believed to need special education or
Lead Poisoning Positive Behavior Support Community Schools Where to find help for a child in Michigan - click here Breaking News What's New? Help ... Text Menu Last Updated: Article of Interest - Charter Schools Charter Schools: The Ins and Outs
For more articles on disabilities and special ed visit A charter school is a public school created by a formal agreement (charter) between an individual or group of individuals and a local school district, state or independent governing board. Authorizing legislation varies from state to state but in general, charter schools governing boards are granted increased autonomy through either blanket exemptions from most state education regulations and local school district rules or the ability to apply for waivers from such requirements.
In exchange, charter schools are expected to meet certain accountability requirements specified in the charter. The general idea is to give charter schools the flexibility to try innovative and experimental ways of educating children while holding them accountable for results.

8. Central Michigan Life - Special Olympics State Games Breaks Attendance Record
Victor Fitzsimons • Central michigan Life. More than 1,000 mentally disabled athletesparticipated in other various roles — do not need special training to
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Special Olympics volunteer Karrie Baldwin, Marysville junior, encourages athletes in the snow shoeing event where she was working as a time-keeper.
Special Olympics State Games breaks attendance record
By Elizabeth Jewell
Life News Editor January 31, 2003
Everyone was a winner at the record-attended Special Olympics 2003 State Winter Games this week in Traverse City. More than 1,000 mentally disabled athletes participated in six different events offered Wednesday and Thursday at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Schuss Village and Howe Arena. Each participant received a medal or ribbon in each event, so no one went away empty-handed. The event continues today. Dan McGinnis, 42, won the bronze medal Thursday in the 75-meter masters snow shoe race before preparing for another snow shoe race later in the day.

9. Special Education Charters By Herbert J. Walberg
bureaucracy distracts educators from learning; michigan, for example studies showthat mildly disabled students do need is better—not special or differentiated

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S pecial programs for disabled students partly account for the poor achievement and the high and rising costs of American schools. Of course, programs for blind, deaf, and other children with scientifically evidenced disabilities are clearly justified. But most of the roughly 6.1 million U.S. children in special programs are in such psychological categories as "learning disabled" and "mildly mentally retarded." In the last twenty-five years, they have accounted for the approximately 65 percent increase in special education enrollments and huge increases in costs without better learning. Money, conflicts of interests, and disingenuous accountability often motivate the growth of such programs. The more children whom educators classify as psychologically disabled, the more money comes into their states, districts, and schools. School, district, state, and federal administrative jobs multiply accordingly, and the ensuing expanding bureaucracy distracts educators from learning; Michigan, for example, has some six thousand detailed program regulations. When children are psychologically classified, they can be neglected since they are excused from accountability examinations, thus making their schools appear to be doing better than they actually are. Kentucky, Louisiana, and South Carolina made leaps in reading scores alongside big increases in excused special students. In 1982, the National Academy of Sciences contended that psychological classifications are unreliable and that special programs often do little good and sometimes do harm. Subsequent research has shown that the

10. KinderStart - Child Development : Special Needs Child : Schools/Organizations
understand and care for individuals disabled by prenatal care for children with anydisability or special need. this Site; CReSTeD Register of schools that help
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11. Appendix: Annotated Bibliography On Charter Schools And Special Education
atrisk, language minority, disabled, or ethnic California, Colorado, and michigan)specifically mentioned discussed provisions for special education funding
Charter Schools and Students with Disabilities: Review of Existing Data - November 1998
Annotated Bibliography on Charter Schools and Special Education
American Federation of Teachers. (1996). Charter school laws: Do they measure up? Washington, DC: Author.
    Based on the AFT criteria for effective charter legislation, this report analyzes the legislation in 25 states. These criteria reflect accessibility to all students, high academic standards, standardized methods for assessing student performance, collective bargaining agreements for staff, certification of teachers, approval of local school districts, and reporting requirements. None of the state laws met all of the criteria. Although special education was not identified as a particular point of analysis, it was addressed in several of the criteria. For example, effective legislation should start with explicit language that ensures participation of all public school students. Schools that target students on the basis of academic or athletic ability are risking discrimination against students with disabilities. Likewise, schools that recruit "at-risk" students are not inclusive if the definition of "at-risk" is vague. Strategies for assessing student performance need to be adapted to reflect the unique learning styles and curricular needs of students with disabilities. School reporting should include student demographics that reflect the special needs of its students.
Emerging Issues in Charter School Financing

12. MAISA Special Education Proposal
when implemented have reduced the need for special everincreasing costs of michigan'sspecial education system. the majority of learning disabled students are

13. Allendale Public Schools - Administration Offices & School Board
In the State of michigan, this help is free Preprimary special Education servicesare available for the and Language Impaired, and Specific Learning disabled.
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Julie MacFarland President Eric Packer Vice-President Laurie Richards Secretary Dale Buist Trustee Earl DeVormer Trustee Pat Door Trustee Scott MacDonald Trustee
Board of Education Regular Meeting Schedule
The meetings will be held in the Middle School/High School
68th Avenue, Allendale, Michigan
in the Group Learning Room - #105, at 7:00 p.m. August 5, 2002* September 9,2002 October 7, 2002 November 4, 2002 December 2, 2002 January 6, 2003 February 3, 2003 March 3, 2003 April 21, 2003 May 5, 2003 June 2, 2003* July 7, 2003* *June, July, and August meetings will be held in the MS/HS Media Center Persons with disabilities who need special accommodations should call Superintendent Catherine Ceglarek 10 days prior to the meeting at 616-895-4350.
Our first and most precious obligation is to fulfill the mission of Allendale Public Schools. The promise made in that statement in regard to our students should be our daily creed. QUALITY
With students as our primary concern, every decision, program, and activity must reflect the height of excellence.

14. Law Office Of Michael E. Boersma, P.C.
of the Wayne County Prosecutor in Detroit, michigan where he adequately as the needsof nondisabled children does not consider a need for special education as
Welcome to the Virtual Law Office
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The Law Offices of Michael E. Boersma, P.C. is a multijurisdictional practice specializing in the following practice areas: Education and School Law Civil Rights and Disabilities Law Personal Injury and Intentional Tort Law Corporate, International Trade and International E-commerce Law ... Admiralty and Maritime Law The Law Offices of Michael E. Boersma, P.C. also provides legal services in state specific areas involving Illinois, Michigan and Federal law. Services include personal injury; small business law including business formation, collections, and transactional advice. Mike Boersma is an attorney licensed to practice law in Illinois, Michigan, and in Federal Court. He is a former assistant prosecuting attorney with the Office of the Wayne County Prosecutor in Detroit, Michigan where he practiced civil forfeiture law. He has also been an assistant prosecuting attorney with the Otsego County Prosecutors Office where he specialized in juvenile law issues. Mr. Boersma has written extensively in the areas of International Trade Law and International Human Rights Law and has consulted extensively with individuals and small business on topics of International Trade Law and business issues. The Law Offices of Michael E. Boersma, P.C. can be reached by the following means:

15. Special Needs Family Friendly Fun - Schools Classrooms
michigan's designated statewide parent training and or visually disabled, emotionallyand learning disabled Wide Web of Private special Educational schools!
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Offering family friendly fun and special needs resources that enhance the quality and fun of family life for special needs families.
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Our mission is to: enable families with special needs to share their experiences by subscribing to our newsletter , joining our eGroup forum, talking in our chat room and posting to our bulletin board ; offer information on a wide variety of family fun and special needs topics ; and facilitate access via rings and links to websites relevant to special needs families. Adoption Arts Crafts Babies Charities ... Work at home
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Educational programs designed to provide basic educational skills equivalent to grades to 12 in speaking, reading, writing, arithmetic, higher order thinking and problem solving, English as a Second... School Resources for Teachers and Students...

This school education site will help students, teachers and parents succeed in all school subjects...

Northeastern Lower michigan Public schools recommends that appropriate today oftenredefines who is disabled and who education on general and special education
STRATEGIC LONG-RANGE TECHNOLOGY PLAN 1998 A Consortium Representing: C.O.O.R.Intermediate School District A.M.A. Educational Service District Crawford AuSable School Dist Fairview Area Schools Gerrish-Higgins School Dist Houghton Lake Community Mio AuSable Schools Alcona Community Schools Alpena Public Schools Atlanta Community Schools Hillman Community Schools West Branch-Rose City Schools Kirtland Community College TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction Philosophy Five Major Themes Summary of Recommendations ... Conclusions "The technologically literate person is one who understands the role and impact of technology upon society, accepts the responsibilities associated with living in the technologically oriented Information Age…and uses technology as a tool for obtaining, organizing, manipulating information and for communication and creative expression." Introduction The world of the twenty-first century will be dramatically different. Changes in society will be reflected in education. Across the nation, numerous reports are calling for the restructuring of the educational process and change in the fundamental purposes and goals of schooling. This is one of the most urgent domestic issues facing the nation. Today, there is an almost unimaginable increase not only in the amount of knowledge, but also in the rate at which knowledge continues to expand. In the face of an information driven society, the educational process still reflects the Industrial Age society in which standardization, conformity, and predictability were appropriate goals for schooling. Although there are increased opportunities provided by computers, telecommunications, and instructional television, many schools remain basically unchanged. In response to national calls for school reform, proposals for schools of choice, and initiatives dealing with the restructuring of schools, local school boards along with colleges and universities, are exploring innovative ways to use information technology for teaching and learning. Increasingly, the successful operation of schools and businesses hinges on the efficient exchange of voice, data and video signals.

17. NACAC Resources
Judy Whitehead, a retired teacher from michigan who taught children, including thosewho have special needs CD cognitively disabled or delayed; ED emotionally

18. Grand Haven Area Public Schools - Special Education Individualized Education Pro
appropriately educated with their nondisabled peers Attending special classes orseparate schools, or The michigan Department of Education involves parents in
Home School Calendar Job Postings Names and Numbers ...
Individual Education Program What is an IEP?
An "Individualized Education Program" means a written plan for a child with a disability that spells out the special education and related services to be received. The team that develops the IEP is comprised of the parents, school professionals, and the student when appropriate. This is done at a meeting that is scheduled at a mutually agreeable time. The written document is a record of the IEP meeting. The IEP is reviewed annually.
What is included in the IEP? The requirements include:
  • a statement of the child's present levels of educational performance; a statement of measurable annual goals, including short-term objectives relating to:
  • meeting the needs that result from the disability to enable the child's involvement and progress in the general curriculum, and; meeting each of the child's other
    educational needs that result from the child's disability.

19. Michigan 4-H Youth Development: Community Service Ideas By Project Areas
The michigan 4H Youth Development would like to offer this nursing homes, seniorcitizen centers, group homes for the disabled or special education schools
Select a 4-H Program Animals Arts Careers Character Ed. Communications Community Service Early Adolescents Environmental Ed. 5- to 8-Year-Olds Food, Nutrition, Fitness Health Inclusive 4-H Leadership, Citizenship Leisure Ed. Older Youth Plants, Soils, Gardening Science, Technology

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20. Re: Correction #14: On SELECTIVITY AND SPECIAL ED
than other public schools to provide disabled students with a in IDEA '97 is thatspecial education means there is a wrinkle in michigan's charter school law
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From: Rick Dale (posted by CER with Mr. Dale's permission)
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Someone at CER might wish to verify the statement in the USN&WR article (page 44) attributed to Lyle Voskuil, identified as the director of special education at 8 Grand Rapids charter schools. Allegedly, Mr. Voskuil said "that for financial reasons his schools offer no more than three hours of special-ed services to a student a week and that they urge the parents of students who need more help not to attend the schools. 'We tell them upfront that they may be better off elsewhere,' says Voskuil." The article then says, "traditional public schools don't have that luxury." DO CHARTER SCHOOLS HAVE THAT LUXURY? I think not. References Cahir, W.J. (1997, November 5). ED: Charters can't abdicate their special ed role. Education Daily, 30 (214), p. 1-2. Heubert, J.P. (1997, Summer). Schools without rules? Charter schools, federal disability law, and the paradoxes of deregulation. Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Review, 32 (2), 301-353.

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