special education http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Monday, March 10, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-march-10-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today on Stateside, Benton Harbor's financial emergency is over, according to </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Rick Snyder. An emergency manager was appointed four years ago; he and his successor have been successful in rehabilitating the city's finances.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage is coming to an end in federal court. Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown joined us today to discuss the issue.&nbsp;</p><p>Proposed changes to special education rules are causing alarm and concern for parents. Marcie Lipsitt, founder of Michigan Alliance for Special Education, joined us today to talk about the potentially devastating effects of the rule changes.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 16787 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, March 10, 2014 Proposed changes to special education in Michigan worry parents http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-changes-special-education-michigan-worry-parents <p>Proposed changes to special education rules in Michigan are causing alarm and concern for some parents.</p><p>You can read about the proposed changes <a href="https://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-37818_44099-321773--,00.html">here</a>.</p><p>Marcie Lipsitt is the founder of the <a href="http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/">Michigan Alliance for Special Education</a>, a grassroots organization that advocates for special education students.&nbsp;</p><p>The proposed rule revisions would be "catastrophic," according to Lipsitt.</p><p><em>*You can listen to her thoughts above.</em></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:08:16 +0000 Stateside Staff 16786 at http://michiganradio.org Proposed changes to special education in Michigan worry parents Stateside for Monday, September 30th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-september-30th-2013 <div><p>Special Education students and their families in Michigan are about one month into the new school year and they&#39;re feeling the impact of the federal sequester cuts.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, we looked at the cuts to special </span>ed<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> funding and find out what it means to schools and students.</span></p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>And, a look at social media etiquette and your job--what&#39;s allowed and what&#39;s not.</p><p>And, one Detroit musician, and AP reporter, talks about his family&#39;s deep roots in Motown.</p><p>Also, we spoke with one man who has made it his mission to save pinball machines from the scrap yard. He plans to open up a private pinball museum.</p><p>First on the show, w<span style="line-height: 1.5;">e are just hours away from what appears likely to be a partial government shutdown. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Senate, controlled by Democrats and the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives, have been unable to come to an agreement on a continuing resolution to fund the federal government.&nbsp; If no agreement is reached today, which appears likely, the government begins shutting down at midnight.</span></p><p>David Shepardson, Washington D.C. based reporter for the Detroit News, joined us today from Washington.</p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:21:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 14650 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, September 30th, 2013 Sequester cuts by Congress have hit special education students in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/sequester-cuts-congress-have-hit-special-education-students-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The start of the new school year has brought unpleasant and unwelcome surprises for the parents of Michigan children with special needs.</span></p><p>That&#39;s because the federal sequester has hit special education, in the words of our next guest, &quot;like a ton of bricks.&quot;</p><p>A new round of special ed cuts were forced by a 5% reduction in federal funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and now parents and special education students are seeing what that means.</p><p>With some 6.5 million disabled children from ages 3 to 21 getting services funded by the IDEA, this is something being felt across the country.</p><p>Marcie Lipsitt is the co-chair of the Michigan Alliance for Special Education. As the mother of a son with special needs, she has been a state and national advocate for disabled children. She joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:12:09 +0000 Stateside Staff 14643 at http://michiganradio.org Sequester cuts by Congress have hit special education students in Michigan Despite state takeover, special education problems linger for Muskegon Heights schools http://michiganradio.org/post/despite-state-takeover-special-education-problems-linger-muskegon-heights-schools <p>New reports show special education students in Muskegon Heights didn’t get all the services they should have this year. The company that runs the state’s first all-charter public school district is working to correct the problems.</p><p><strong>Problems with charter company’s handling of special ed&nbsp;services</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Federal law and state regulations outline the rules that are supposed to make sure kids with special needs still get a fair education.</span></p><p>Michigan’s Department of Education found more than a dozen ways the new Muskegon Heights charter district violated those rules, affecting a couple hundred special education students.</p><p>“In my opinion this was probably the worst delivery of special education services I’ve seen in my career,” said Norm Kittleson, a former special education teacher at Muskegon Heights. He’s been teaching for 15 years.</p><p>Kittleson started teaching a small class of students with learning disabilities and emotional issues at Muskegon Heights last October. Thu, 23 May 2013 11:30:28 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12700 at http://michiganradio.org Despite state takeover, special education problems linger for Muskegon Heights schools Washtenaw County voters approve special education millage http://michiganradio.org/post/washtenaw-county-voters-approve-special-education-millage <p>Voters in Washtenaw County passed a special education millage renewal in yesterday&#39;s election. That means local school districts and charter schools in the county will receive about $14 million dollars for special education services. According to <a href="http://electionresults.ewashtenaw.org/may2011/cumulativereport.html">unofficial election results released by Washtenaw County</a>, 76% of voters approved the millage renewal.</p><p>Heritage Newspapers <a href="http://www.heritage.com/articles/2011/05/03/heritagewest/news/doc4dc0d0a03bf12326606025.txt?viewmode=default">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The millage is specifically for special education students, who make up about 14 percent of the students within the WISD. The largest number is faced with some form of learning disability, and the second most have a speech or language impairment. Wed, 04 May 2011 10:37:12 +0000 Zoe Clark 2339 at http://michiganradio.org Washtenaw County voters approve special education millage