Target: Michael P. Flanagan, State Superintendent for the Michigan State Board of Education
Goal: Support advancements in special education schools informed by educators, administrators, and families
Special education is important in every state, but newly proposed rules are threatening the quality and effectiveness of special education in Michigan. If approved and implemented , these rules could change the eligibility standards for autistic children, pushing them into general education and failing to meet their special needs. The rules could also remove the use of multidisciplinary teams in educator evaluations, diminishing the qualifications of special education teachers. They could also degrade the standards for Para-Pros, teacher assistants in special education classrooms who provide direct instruction and care for students.
The new proposed rules could also affect short-term measurable objectives, staff caseload standards, lesson plan transparency, and parental consent for student intervention. Some of these proposed rules may be beneficial to students, while others may be harmful. We simply need more expert and public input to determine the best course of action.
Sign the below petition to urge Michigan education administrators and lawmakers to form a task force to review proposed changes that will impact specialized education in Michigan. By heeding the expertise and advice of current special education parents, former special education parents, and accredited experts in the field of special education, we can improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable children.
Dear Mr. Flanagan,
I understand that there have been proposed rule changes to special education laws in the state of Michigan. These rules have been vaguely presented as minor alterations, however, they propose significant changes worthy of extensive input and evaluation.
I am not asking that you reject the proposed rules outright, as some of them are clearly valuable for educators, parents, administrators, and students. I am simply asking that you employ a task force or evaluation panel to determine which changes are needed to improve special education in Michigan and which rules would actually do more harm than good.
I am urging you to work with special education experts and families in local communities to decide which new policies are worth pursuing at this time. Please ensure that special education students, one of the state’s most vulnerable populations, receive the very best education possible and are given the best chance to succeed in life. This is a non-partisan issue that simply needs further evaluation before implementation. Thank you in advance for helping give every child a fair education.
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