This was posted on Nancy Bailey’s Education Website today. This blog covers many special education issues. When I read what has been going on in Michigan, I was shocked. This kind of activity, in any state, needs to be stopped immediately. Special education is not a money game. It is not something to be perverted or corrupted. These are our children. These are 15-20% of our children if current trends continue.
By Marcie Lipsitt
Michigan once had a proud heritage of believing in the educational rights of our students with disabilities.
But what has transpired over the past 39 years is not worthy of our history books or a wondrous fairy tale of children’s dreams come true. For Michigan’s 200,000 students with an Individualized Education Programs (IEP), it has been a long, treacherous, and disappointing road to what we call a “Free Appropriate Pubic Education.”
One shining moment in this dark and disillusioning history took place on December 11, 2014, but this is just one victory in a sea of losses, and Michigan parents, along with local, state and federal, special education, disability and civil rights organizations, must prepare themselves for what’s to come in 2015 and ahead.