Some Michigan Special Education History: A Lesson for All States by Marcie Lipsitt

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.

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