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IDEA 2004 Federal
The Supplement to the Procedural Safeguards has been published and can be found at: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Oct06ProceduralSafeguardsSupplement_176454_7.pdf
March 31, 2010
Notice of Public Hearing on ESY
Guidance on Timeliness of Decision Making Document
The Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services will conduct public hearings to receive public comment on the following document:
The proposed document is accessible on the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services Web site at www.michigan.gov/ose-eis under “Spotlight.”
The proposed document, “ESY Guidance on Timeliness of Decision Making,” is proposed for addition to the document “Guidance for Extended School Year Services in Michigan, August 12, 2009.” This document can be found on the Web site at: http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-6530_6598_7376-198486--,00.html.
Public hearings will be held at the following sites:
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 from 4:00 – 6:00
p.m. at The Lexington Hotel, 925 S. Creyts Road,
Lansing, Michigan 48917. Hotel phone: (517) 323-7100 (check the
announcement board in the hotel lobby for room name).
Oral or written comment may be presented in person at the hearings or submitted in writing by mail, e-mail, or facsimile no later than 5:00 p.m., May 14, 2010. All comment will be reviewed and considered in the final version of the document. Comments may be submitted to the following:
If special accommodations, including interpreter services, are needed to participate in the public hearings, please contact Meredith Hines at 517-373-0924 or email at email@example.com by April 6, 2010.
Please share this information with others who may have an interest in participating in the public hearings or providing comment.
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March 18, 2010
Webinar Recording and Materials Available for Timeline for Initial Evaluations & Initial IEPs
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services (OSE-EIS) has posted the webinar training and materials for the Michigan Special Education One Pager: Timeline for Initials.
The Michigan One Pager: Timeline for Initials is part of a series designed to provide accurate and authoritative guidance in a timely and efficient manner on critical topics effecting special education in Michigan today.
The materials explain the basic content, process, and required timelines necessary to correctly complete an initial evaluation and an initial Individualized Education Program (IEP) in Michigan. The materials include an overview of how to count days to meet the required timeline for initials.
The information related to the Michigan One Pager: Timeline for Initials as well as future topics can be downloaded from the Center for Educational Networking (CEN) Web site.
March 18, 2010
Upcoming Local Call Webinars
To learn more about the April 15, 2010 CIMS-2 workbook activities, we invite you to join the CIMS-2 team for two local call webinars.
March 23, 2010 - 2:00 PM
The Basics of CIMS-2 for Locals: Understanding the CIMS-2 Process and Preparing for the 4/15 Workbook. This is targeted for new CIMS-2 users.
April 13, 2010 - 12:30 PM
CIMS-2 for Locals: Workbook Updates. This is a preview of 2010 workbook changes.
For information on joining the webinars, please visit our Web site.
The CIMS-2 Team
March 3, 2010
Annual State Application Under Part B of the IDEA for FFY 2010 Available for Public Review
As required by federal law, the Annual State Application under Part B
of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as Amended in 2004
for Federal Fiscal Year 2010 is presented for a period of public review
from March 3, 2010 through May 5, 2010. Written comment
will be accepted from March 3 until April 9, 2010.
February 8, 2010
Subject: MDE Official Communication- Week of February 8, 2010
– Memo #011-10 - Taiwan-Chinese Language Teacher Program and Administrator Visit
In March 2006, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education in Taiwan (MET) by which up to 15 experienced and/or newly certified Michigan elementary teachers were given the opportunity to study and teach in Taiwanese schools for a full academic year. The next step in this collaboration is to recruit teachers from Taiwan to teach Chinese language and culture to Michigan students. Considering the world language graduation requirements, interest in internationalizing education, and increased awareness of the global economy, this opportunity is very timely. Schools in Taiwan are also readily available to begin “Sister School” relationships with schools here in Michigan.
– Memo #012-10 - DS-4898 – PSA Preliminary Pupil Membership Count Requirements for Public School Academies (PSAs)
In an effort to reduce paperwork, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has revised its policy related to the submission of form DS-4898. In the future, this form will be required only during the first two years of a PSA's operation, or as additional grade levels are added.
– Memo #013-10 - Ensuring Timely Access to Federal Formula Funds for New and Expanding Public School Academies (PSAs)
Pursuant to federal statute and regulation, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is responsible for ensuring that public school academies (PSAs) that open for the first time or significantly expand their enrollment receive the proportionate amount of federal formula funds to which they are entitled.
– Memo #014-10 – NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
The Michigan Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood Education and Family Services, will conduct public hearings to receive comment on the proposed new Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)/Early On® Funding Formula and present its Michigan Annual Performance Report for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2008 for public review.
– Memo #015-10 - MEAP-Access One-Year Delay
The MEAP-Access assessment was operationally administered for the first time in Fall 2009. Low reliabilities from the first operational administration showed a need for more extensive modification of MEAP items to provide access to the content for the intended participants in MEAP-Access. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has spent considerable energy in planning for the additional modifications to be in place for Fall 2010. It has become clear, after internal discussions and discussions with contractors, that attempting to put the modifications in place could possibly result in insufficiently high reliabilities in 2010 as well.
– Memo #016-10 –The ARRA and the Whistleblower Protection Act
Section 1553 of Division A, Title XV of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, P.L. 111-5, provides protections for certain individuals who make specific disclosures about uses of Recovery Act funds.
February 4, 2010
Subject: Notice of Public Hearings on Proposed Special Education Documents
The Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services will conduct public hearings to receive public comment on the following documents:
-Special Education State Complaint Procedures
-Model Special Education State Complaint Form
-Special Education Due Process Complaint/Hearing Request Procedures
-Model Due Process Complaint/Hearing Request Form
-Due Process Complaint – Resolution Session Summary Form
-Intermediate School District Plan Criteria for the Delivery of Special Education Programs and Services
The proposed documents are accessible on the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services Web site at www.michigan.gov/ose-eis under “Spotlight.”
Public hearings will be held at the following sites:
(The date for the first public hearing referenced below was listed incorrectly. Please note that the correct date for the Lansing hearing is Tuesday, February 9, 2010. Sorry for any inconvenience.)
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at The Lexington Hotel, 925 S. Creyts Road, Lansing, Michigan 48917. Phone: (517) 323-7100 (check the lobby announcement board for room number/name).
Thursday, March 4, 2010 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at The Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503. Phone: (616) 774-2000 (check the Council for Exceptional Children Registration Desk for room number/name).
Oral or written comment may be presented in person at the hearings or submitted in writing by mail, e-mail, or facsimile no later than 5:00 p.m., March 9, 2010. All comment will be reviewed and considered in the final version of the documents. Comments may be submitted to the following:
Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services
Michigan Department of Education
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48909
If special accommodations, including interpreter services, are needed to participate in the public hearings, contact Meredith Hines at 517-373-0924 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 8, 2010.
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Michigan Department of Education
Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services
February 4, 2010
Subject: Michigan's APR and Updated SPP now posted to OSE-EIS website
Michigan's Annual Performance Report (APR) and State Performance Plan (SPP) that primarily reflects the 2008-2009 school year is now posted. It's at www.michigan.gov/ose-eis front and center in the Spotlight section. It was submitted to USED on Friday.
November 19, 2009
Subject: Procedural and Guidance Manual Updates
The following documents are available on the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services Web site. The documents are part of a manual providing technical assistance, guidance, and best practices where appropriate.
Review of Existing Evaluation Data (REED) and Development of an Evaluation Plan (this document was originally posted in April and includes a revision that addresses speech reevaluations).
The information can be found on the OSE-EIS Web site at:
August 6, 2009
Aungust 4, 2009
May 18, 2009
IDEA Public Reporting
The federal regulations implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 require public reporting on the performance of each local education agency on the targets established in the State Performance Plan (SPP).
The district-level data for 2007-08 is available by going to the MDE, Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services Web site at http://www.michigan.gov/ose-eis.
The United States Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs requires that each state report 2007-08 data for Part B (3-21 year olds) Indicators 1-5 and 8-14 and Part C (birth through age 2 and called Early On® in Michigan) for Indicators 1-2 and 4-8.
The data on the public reports website can be viewed by district for each indicator or by downloading an Excel file containing the data for all indicators and districts.
A Help button at the top right of the page is now available and provides additional information and search features. A new file located at the bottom left explains the “Terms and Definitions” used in the State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report.
Individuals who do not have access to the Internet and need to obtain a paper copy of the information for their district can contact their intermediate school district, local district, or contact the Center for Educational Networking at (888)463-7656.
Specific questions regarding public reporting should be addressed to the following:
* The special education including preschool content of the Public Report, please contact the following address: MDE-SPP-Public-Reporting@michigan.gov or call Patti Oates-Ulrich at 517-241-4418.
* The Early On or infant/toddler content of the Public Report, please contact the following address: MDE-SPP-Public-Reporting@michigan.gov or call Vanessa Winborne at 517-335-4865.
* If you are having difficulty negotiating the Public Reporting website, please contact the following electronic helpline email@example.com.
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Monday May 11, 2009
Navigating the CIMS 2 Workbook
Step 1 is to “acknowledge” you have looked at your workbook.
Follow these steps:
What do I do after I’ve “acknowledged” my
workbook & reports?
Follow these steps to view your districts data reports:
If you have any findings, you will need to create a CAP. Follow these directions to complete your CAP:
1. Click on the “My Caps” tab.
May 9, 2009 (posted May 18)
SUBJECT: Information Regarding 2009 Determinations
FROM: Jacquelyn J. Thompson, Ph.D., Director Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services
In my last email communication to you on April 22, 2009, I noted that the 2009 Determinations will be issued in June, not in September. This is to ensure that all districts have Determinations based on the most current data. These Determinations will be used to identify eligibility for the MOE (maintenance of effort) options as directed under the IDEA; this applies to both the FFY ‘09 regular and Recovery allocations. Also, remember that districts identified with Significant Disproportionality may not use the MOE options, per the IDEA.
As forecast at the last ISD Directors’ meeting (March 11, 2009), business rules for issuing the 2009 Determinations have been updated:
• As required by the OSEP, all compliance indicators will continue to be used for Determinations.
• The actual measure (%) of compliance will replace the standard deviation model used for previous Determinations.
• Performance on individual indicators will be ranked using numerical values from 1-4; overall performance will be considered based on the aggregate numerical values (added, averaged, rounded to nearest whole number).
In addition, given that results indicators are not currently included in state determinations by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), we will be removing Indicator 5 (Educational Environments) from this year’s Determinations. However, this important indicator will remain as a focused monitoring priority.
A district will be considered to meet requirements if it provided valid and reliable FFY 2007 data AND demonstrated substantial* compliance for Indicators 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 15.
Previous communication indicated that the correction and verification of Indicator 11 (Child Find) by June 15 would yield a "meets requirement" for this indicator. However, in our preliminary review of current Determinations, using the new business rules, the correction of Indicator 11 does not appear to impact the overall Determinations level for any district. Therefore, we encourage districts to use the corrective action plan (CAP) schedule specified by the CIMS-2 calendar (due June 15). In all cases, noncompliance must be corrected as soon as possible, and in no case later than one year including verification.
This re-design of Determinations is intended to support the initial principles around which the first Determinations were designed,** to focus on correction of noncompliance, and to support the opportunities embedded in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
*OSEP (June 2008) has defined substantial compliance to mean generally 95% and above; "needs assistance" has been defined to mean 51%-94%; "needs intervention" has been defined as 50% or below. Beginning in 2010, "needs intervention" will be defined as generally 75% or below.
**Simplicity, Equity, Effectiveness
April 22, 2009
Subject: Special Education Contacts in Educational Entity Master (EEM)
FROM: Fran Loose, Supervisor, Performance Reporting, Michigan
Department of Education OSE-EIS
Please work with your special education/EEM partners to be certain that your district has the correct information in the district’s EEM record.
You can check your district record at https://cepi.state.mi.us/eem/. At the EEM Search box, type in your district code or the name of your district and click "Go." At the next screen, click on your district record name. This will then display your district record. Please note that Special Education Contact is listed toward the bottom of the list of personnel to select in "Admin/Contacts." Currently, fewer than 70 LEAs and PSAs have a Special Education Contact listed.
Please understand that I cannot amend any district’s record. This must be done by the district’s EEM authorized user.
If you do not know the name of your EEM authorized user, or if s/he has any questions, please contact CEPI customer support at firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 335-0505, option 3. In either case, please include your name, district code and district name, the CEPI application name, your telephone number (including area code and extension), e-mail address, and specific question(s).
April 2, 2009
SUBJECT: Implementation of New Part 8 –
Michigan Administrative Rules for
It is anticipated that the new MARSE – Part 8 rules and the MDE, Special Education State Complaint Procedures will take effect on April 3, 2009, or shortly thereafter. Attached are the proposed MARSE – PART 8 rules and the draft of the MDE Special Education State Complaint Procedures. The final versions of these documents, without the watermarks, will be sent as soon as the rules are in effect.
The new rules and procedures include some changes regarding the responsibilities for parents, districts, intermediate school districts (ISDs), and the Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services (OSE-EIS) in the state complaint process.
Some of the changes to the state complaint rules and procedures are summarized below. However, the OSE-EIS recommends that you thoroughly review the attached documents as soon as possible.
1. A state complaint must be sent to the OSE-EIS and the district, not the ISD.
2. Districts must immediately inform the
OSE-EIS when it receives a state complaint; and the
3. A ten day Resolution Period is built into the
process, similar to the Resolution Session included
4. In addition to the Resolution Period, complainants and
districts are encouraged to utilize alternative
5. Allegations that do not meet the definition of a special
education complaint will be dismissed
6. Only one complaint investigation will be conducted. It
will be done collaboratively between the
7. If the complainant or the district has factual information
that was not available during the investigation,
The OSE-EIS will inform you, via the listserv, when we receive confirmation that the rules have been received and signed by the Michigan Office of the Great Seal.
Additional training and technical assistance will be provided throughout the spring and summer, including webinars and live presentations. The OSE-EIS is also working with the Michigan Virtual University in the development of a training package. We will inform you of these opportunities as the dates and locations are finalized.
If you have questions please contact Harvalee Saunto, Coordinator, State and Due Process Complaints at (517) 241-7507.
February 13, 2009
Subject: Part B CIMS-2 Trainings and Annual Performance Report
The Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services (OSE-EIS) submitted the State’s Annual Performance Report (APR) on January 30, 2009 to the USED Office of Special Education Programs. This is now posted to the website for your review at http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-6530_6598---,00.html.
Now that local data for the State Performance Plan indicators is final, districts will receive their updated designation for training for the Continuous Improvement and Monitoring System (CIMS-2) and a schedule of training opportunities with locations and dates/times. This information will be mailed electronically by Friday, February 20, 2009 to include online registration information.
Should you have any questions after you receive this mailing, please contact the CIMS Help Desk at 877-474-9023 or via email at email@example.com.
The CIMS Team
January 22, 2009
SUBJECT: Specific Learning Disabilities – Clarification
FROM: Jacquelyn J. Thompson, Ph.D. Director Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services
Michigan’s Administrative Rule 340.1713, Specific Learning Disability Defined, Determination, was amended on September 11, 2008 (enclosed). A few components of the rule warrant clarification.
The Role of Severe Discrepancy
Rule 340.1713 of the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (Rules) allows the use of three options for determining specific learning disability (SLD) eligibility. The rule allows a district to use severe discrepancy, but only as one part of a full and individual evaluation. Severe discrepancy may never be used alone to determine a student eligible as a student with a SLD.
Response to Scientific, Research-based Intervention Process
In determining eligibility under SLD, one of the options a school district may use is a process that is based on a student’s response to scientific, research-based intervention. Depending on the local district’s practice, this process may have a variety of names; e.g., Instructional Consultation Team, Response to Intervention, Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) does not mandate any specific scientific, research-based intervention process.
A pattern of strengths and weaknesses is not the same as severe discrepancy.
At §300.309(a)(2)(ii), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act regulations identify a pattern of strengths and weaknesses as an option in determining SLD eligibility. The Rules permit local districts to use this option. The MDE does not mandate any specific process to determine a pattern of strengths and weaknesses. Any determination of SLD requires a full comprehensive evaluation according to the evaluation procedures in the federal regulations at §300.301 – §300.311, including those particular to a student suspected of having a SLD in §300.307 – §300.311.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Joanne Winkelman, Coordinator, Program Accountability, Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, at (517) 373-1696, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
**R 340.1713 Specific learning disability defined;
January 9, 2009
SUBJECT: Individualized Education Program (IEP) signatures and the use of the IEP Addendum
FROM: Jacquelyn J. Thompson, Director Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services
This memorandum is in response to questions that have recently surfaced regarding the Individualized Education Program (IEP) signatures and the use of the IEP Addendum. The following clarification specifically responds to two questions:
IEP Signatures and Participants
It is the intent of the Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services (OSE-EIS) that the school district signs the IEP at the conclusion of the IEP Team meeting.
There is no requirement for signatures on the IEP in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The OSE-EIS sample IEP form includes commitment signatures for district(s) and parents for the convenience of documenting consent or disagreement and to ensure that parents understand exactly the programs and services their child will receive.
Federal regulation §300.321 defines the IEP Team. One required member of the Team is a representative of the public agency. This person is defined as a person, "… who is qualified to provide, or supervise the provision of, specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of children with disabilities; is knowledgeable about the general education curriculum; and is knowledgeable about the availability of resources of the public agency."
The federal regulations clearly state that, "...the agency representative have the authority to commit agency resources and be able to ensure that whatever services are described in the IEP will actually be provided." No representative of the public agency may ‘override’ or ‘veto’ portions of the IEP after the IEP is completed.
The IEP Addendum is a useful tool to adjust the IEP. Federal regulation §300.324(a)(4) states that the addendum shall only be utilized if both the parent and the school district agree to the use of the addendum. If either party does not agree to the use or content of the addendum, then the addendum may not be used and an IEP Team meeting would be convened.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Subject: Supporting Student Behavior: Standards for the Emergency Use of Seclusion & Restraint
The document, Supporting Student Behavior: Standards for the Emergency Use of Seclusion and Restraint is now available on the Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services (OSE-EIS) Web site. The document:
The document can be found by going to the OSE-EIS Web site at http://www.michigan.gov/ose-eis and
selecting the "Laws & Policies" link from the left-hand navigation
or by using this direct link: http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-6530_6598_7376---,00.html.
August 21, 2008
From: Sally Vaughn, P.h.D. Deputy Superintendent / Chief Academic Officer
SUBJECT: Standards for Extended School Year Services in Michigan
On August 12, 2008 the State Board of Education approved Standards for Extended School Year (ESY) Services in Michigan (Standards). A Guidance document is also available to assist with the implementation of the Standards. The Standards and the Guidance documents are found on the Department website at http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-6530_6598-198486--,00.html.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) implementing regulations at 300.106(b)(2) require that states have ESY Standards. These regulations do not create new legal standards but instead codify well established case law in the area and reflect longstanding interpretation of the IDEA by the courts and the United States Department of Education that the right of an individual child with a disability to receive ESY services is based on the child's entitlement to a Free Appropriate Public Education.
These federal regulations and the Standards require that the need for ESY services must be considered for every student with a disability at each Individualized Education Program Team meeting. Federal law specifies that the need for ESY services must be determined individually and shall not be provided or denied based solely upon the category of disability or program placement.
The new Standards will be integrated into the Administrative Rules for Special Education as part of a new rule set. Notice of the period of public comment is expected to be made in the fall with public hearings scheduled during November and December.
The Department will be working with intermediate districts/educational service agencies, grantees, and advocacy organizations to assure that guidance on these standards is disseminated and accessible.
School districts are expected to begin using the Standards immediately. Should you have any questions, please contact Bob Hove, Special Education and Early Intervention Services, HoveR@michigan.gov or 517 373-1691.
Friday July 18, 2008
Subject: Medicaid School Based
Services Webinar Sessions Will be Scheduled for July-August -
more details and registration information coming soon
SOME Fee For Service Changes
Backcasting. The Department of Community Health is appealing the Backcasting report from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In the meantime, there is still no final report with ISD-specific amounts, but discussions at higher levels are continuing. It appears that Districts that placed in reserves, all or most of their Administrative Outreach dollars should be able to cover any potential liabilities. We are hoping to know more by the end of this calendar year.
NAME Annual Conference Sept 23-26 in Philadelphia. The National Alliance for Medicaid in Education Annual Conference registration is open. Consider sending your Medicaid staff for outstanding networking and learning from colleagues who are national experts, including Nancy Reder (NASDSE) and Bruce Hunter (AASA). Keynote Speaker is Sara Rosenbaum, long time expert on Medicaid in the Schools. For more information, click on 2008 conference at: www.MedicaidForEducation.org
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. ReaganJ@michigan.gov OR 517-335-2250.
April 3, 2008
SUBJECT: Maintenance of Effort as required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
From: Sally Vaughn, Deputy Superintendent, to all Superintendents and PSA Administrators.
The federal regulation implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) at 34 C.F.R. -300.203 requires that all local school districts, public school academies, and intermediate school districts who expend IDEA, Part B funds comply with "maintenance of effort" provisions. These provisions state that IDEA, Part B funds may not be used to reduce the level of state and local expenditures for the education of pupils with disabilities from one year to the next. Furthermore, Section 300.203 requires that the state agency have on file information from each district which expends IDEA, Part B funds, that this requirement is met.
The purpose of this memorandum is to notify local school districts, public school academies and intermediate school districts that expended IDEA, Part B funds in the 2006-07 fiscal year of the process that will be followed to comply with
34 C.F.R. -300.203. The Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services (MDE-OSE/EIS) will complete an initial review from information previously submitted. Each district will be notified in writing of the results of this initial review.
Districts that have not maintained state and local effort following this initial review will be contacted to provide additional information under
34 C.F.R. -300.204, Exception to Maintenance of Effort. It is anticipated that intermediate school district personnel will work in cooperation with local school district and public school academy personnel to ensure that all federal exceptions to the maintenance of effort requirement are applied appropriately in the attempt to document state and local effort.
The Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services will be available to provide technical assistance. The failure of the local school district, public school academy, or intermediate school district to maintain state and local effort will result in repayment with non-federal funds to the Michigan Department of Education the lesser of the effort that was not maintained, or the total of the federal allocation.
The MDE-OSE/EIS has developed a Maintenance of Effort Planning Tool to assist local school districts, public school academies, and intermediate school districts in calculating whether fiscal effort has been maintained. The interactive spreadsheet can be accessed two ways, by:
1) Clicking the following link:
2) or by accessing the MDE-OSE/EIS web page:
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 5:34 PM
From: Frances F. Loose, Ph.D., Supervisor, Program Improvement, Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services email@example.com
If your district submits requests for one-year high school cohort extension for some of your class of 2007 students with disabilities, please reference why the student's disability necessitates a fifth year of HS in order to graduate with a regular diploma.
Some applications that have been coming through make no reference at all to a disability, so we have to deny them and ask the district to resubmit. With time being short (April 30 deadline), we want to minimize any unnecessary denials/resubmissions.
Also, if you are considering submitting requests for students with SXI, please remember that these are requests for students expected this summer to earn a regular HS diploma. If your district may award a regular HS diploma to a student with SXI, it will expedite the process for you (your GAD data entry person) to provide a clear comment about the student's ability to meet those requirements. This would also apply to other students with severe disabilities affecting their readiness to meet the requirements for a regular HS diploma in 5 years.
Finally, please keep in mind that this cohort shift is for AYP calculation purposes. The individual students with disabilities who do not graduate in their 5th year continue to be entitled to receive special education services - and to earn a diploma or certificate in the 6th, 7th &..year.
March 26, 2008
SUBJECT: Notice of availability to participate as pilot site for the implementation of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Workgroup recommendations on screening, assessment and intervention for children ages birth to 6.
Purpose: The purpose of this pilot is to implement the recommendations of the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Workgroup as approved by the state Human Services- Directors on June 28, 2007 on appropriate screening, assessment and intervention for children with ASD ages birth to 6. The ASD Workgroup recommendations are the result of an extensive review of the research on effective practices for young children with ASD and the input of a variety of stakeholders including:
The pilot sites identified from this application process will have the opportunity to implement these research based recommendations and potentially serve as a model for other sites in the state.
Project Duration: Pilot to begin October 1, 2008 and will end September 30, 2010.
Application: The application should be e-mailed by May 5 to firstname.lastname@example.org. A hard copy of the signature page should be sent to Audrey Craft at the Michigan Department of Community Health, 320 S. Walnut, Lansing, Michigan, 48913. Additionally, the application and relevant ASD Workgroup recommendations are posted on the Workgroup website at www.cenmi.org/asd. If you have any questions regarding the project's purpose or intent, please contact the pilot coordinator, Audrey Craft at email@example.com or (517) 241-5763.