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Thursday, May 17, 2018

On May 21, 2018: Michigan Dept of Civil Rights Public Hearing on Discrimination in Schools



On Monday, May 21, 2018, there will be a public hearing by MCRC. See info below

This Monday, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission is holding a hearing on discrimination in schools.

4 people are testifying on issues with Michigan's school funding:
  • Mary Grech, Education Trust – Midwest
  • Eric Lupher, Citizen Research Council
  • Mitch Bean, former director of Michigan House Fiscal Agency
  • Lou Glazer, Michigan Future
They need to hear from YOU!

Parents, students, educators:
  • Is school funding inequitable? 
  • Does Michigan's school funding formula discriminate against some students?
Join us on Monday to tell the Commission that Michigan's school funding formula is inequitable!  Public comment starts at 6pm.
We will coordinate carpools.
Monday, May 21, 2018. 1275 S. Huron St, Ypsilanti. 3:30-8pm. Public hearing on discrimination in Michigan schools.
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May 17, 2018 New Resource on Learning Disabilities and Cost for Treatment

Good Morning Everyone,
I received a new resource on learning disabilities called Navigating Learning Disabilities and The Cost For Treatment.

https://www.thesimpledollar.com/navigating-learning-disabilities-and-the-cost-for-treatment/


Aurora Harris

Monday, April 3, 2017

4/3/17 We The People of Detroit's New Documentary on Detroit School Closures

As a co-founder of We the People of Detroit (501.c3), I am happy to announce that We The People of Detroit released a new documentary by filmaker Kate Levy called The Final Cut? We the People of Detroit's Documentary on School Closings regarding Detroit Public Schools and its effect on students with special needs and general education students. Highlighted in the film is the closure of the Oakman Orthopedic School, which is now in ruins since it was closed down. I am in the video along with local educators, parents, students, and community activists. Click this link to see the film and please share it widely! https://vimeo.com/204933347 Aurora Harris This Blog Entry c. 2017 by Aurora Harris

4/3/17 DETROIT SPECIAL ED NEWS AND ADVOCACY TRAININGS

There is still no official "news" concerning the closure of 25 Detroit Public Schools. In March, I began meeting with parents. educators, and local community persons on Saturdays from 9:30-12:00 p.m.at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History to have Special Education Advocacy training that began with learning about special education laws. I gave information on the House Bill HR-610 that will repeal the Elementary and Secondary Education act of 1965 to clear the way for vouchers for education. There is no mention of Free and Appropriate Education for students with special needs or what will happen to Federal funds, such as Title 1, for children living in poverty, that includes students with special needs. From the US Congress Website, the bill states the following: "Choices in Education Act of 2017 This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and limits the authority of the Department of Education (ED) such that ED is authorized only to award block grants to qualified states." I urge all parents, teachers, and advocates in the USA to go to this website, follow the movement of this bill HR 610, and write your Congresspersons to ask them to vote against this bill. You may track the progress of the bill here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/610?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+610+Vouchers+for+Public+Education%22%5D%7D&r=1 The full transcript of HR 610 may be found here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/610/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+610+Vouchers+for+Public+Education%22%5D%7D&r=1 Many parents and teachers fear that all Federal Funds may be cut for Public Schools in the US. Other News: We The People of Detroit released a new documentary by Kate Levy called The Final Cut? We the People of Detroit's Documentary on School Closings regarding Detroit Public Schools and its effect on children with special needs. Highlighted in the film is the closure of the Oakman Orthopedic School, which is now in ruins since it was closed down. I am in the video along with local educators, parents, students, and community activists. Click this link to see the film: https://vimeo.com/204933347 Aurora Harris This Blog Entry c. 2017 by Aurora Harris

4/3/17: Supreme Court Raises Education Standards for Special Needs

The Washington Post reported "Supreme Court sets higher bar for education of students with disabilities." See their story here https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-sets-higher-bar-for-education-of-students-with-disabilities/2017/03/22/fcb7bc62-0f16-11e7-9d5a-a83e627dc120_story.html?tid=sm_Fb&utm_term=.abefc4e7e39e

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

2/7/2017 Autism, Asperger, and Anger Management: ABA Therapy

Feb 7, 2017 I discovered the following resource on ABA Therapy (Applied Behavior Analysis) while searching for information and resources for parents of children with Autism and Asperberger's that have difficulty controlling anger and sudden outbursts. CARD: Center for Autism Related Disorders has info on ABA Therapy here: http://www.centerforautism.com/aba-therapy.aspx The center has locations in different states, including. Click CARD's "Locations" tab to see where ABA is available.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

DETROIT: Where Is The Education Plan for Students with Special Needs?

When the DPS schools shut down, where will Detroit's students with special needs be transferred to? Where is the comprehensive education plan for students with special needs? Where will the students be transferred to? Overcrowded classes WITHOUT certified special education teachers, resources,accommodations, & safe transportation isn't an option.