Governor Snyder has signed the 2014-15 K-12 budget, which means that that new language around student assessment and funding for educator evaluations are ensured for next year. The Governor has also signed a pair of bills that make changes to the Michigan Merit Curriculum. MASSP has also learned that the Michigan Department of Education intends to extend its current contract with ACT to deliver the ACT and WorkKeys to the state's eleventh graders for another year.
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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.