TODAY was a pretty good Monday for anyone who cares about our children with special needs and their parents. I received a written response from the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS). This written response was to notify me that in fact OSERS has found the… Continue Reading OSERS has found the Michigan Dept. of Ed in violation of the IDEA 2004!
On February 18, 2014 I filed an online complaint with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights and alleging that the Michigan Department of Education’s webpage for a one-month public comment period on potentially devastating revisions to our special education rules was inaccessible. Sixteen months later and after a thorough investigation and… Continue Reading U.S. Dept. of Ed, Office for Civil Rights finds MI Dept. of Ed in Violation of ADA & Section 504!
Today, Senator Lamar Alexander, Chair of the Senate HELP Committee and Senator Patty Murray, ranking Democrat, reached agreement on a reauthorization of the Elementary Secondary Education Act. They have titled their legislation, the “Every Child Achieves Act of 2015,”….I am gagging already. They think this is an improvement over the last reauthorization known as… Continue Reading Senators Alexander and Murray Get it Wrong for America’s School-Age Children
To the Esteemed Members of the Michigan State Board of Education: As always, I am writing out of only my most sincere concern for Michigan’s school-age children and public education. I am deeply saddened and disappointed by the Board’s chosen search firm’s identification of candidates to fill the role of State Superintendent in Michigan. I… Continue Reading My open letter to the MI State Board of Ed: Reopen job posting for State Superintendent!
Michigan’s Troy Public Schools’ Kathy Jagels is just an especially, special director of special education, Kathy would provide FAPE to every child if she had the ultimate control, as would her predecessor Linda Hannon. Directors like this are few and very far between MI school districts. When you have a director such as this in… Continue Reading An Especially, Special Ed Director in MI’s Troy Public Schools!