The laws that govern special education, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), permit parents to bring advocates to certain meetings, including IEPT meetings. By and large, advocates are helpful to the process of creating a solid IEPT Report by informing parents of the limits of the district's responsibilities and making suggestions to help parents and districts overcome disagreements.
The MDE has finalized the Program Evaluation Tool to be used for evaluating district and school initiatives that have the greatest impact on student achievement. A team composed of school improvement and state and federal program leaders have put forth a training plan that would ensure teams from all local educational agencies are in- serviced on the MDE Program Evaluation Tool by summer 2014.
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and a Common Errors document regarding the Annual Education Report (AER) that is to be used this summer by local education agencies (LEAs) and schools to meet federal and state reporting requirements.
On May 13, 2014, the Michigan State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the “Policy on Reducing Student Suspensions and Expulsions.” The SBE remains committed to policies that preserve the safest environment possible for all members of Michigan school communities. The policy is intended to be used as a guide to assist school districts as they develop their own policies to reduce suspensions and expulsions and keep students engaged in a rich learning environment.