Please note the announcement and call-in information below from the White House Disability Group, scheduling the January Monthly Disability Call for Monday, January 10 at 3:00 pm EST:
Michigan's Center for Educational Networking recently posted the following info in their email newsletter from https://app.e2ma.net/app/view:CampaignPublic/id:3609.8920137442/rid:2e18afce958b485f529562666cc27b84
Click on this link for the directory:
"2010-11 Special Education Directory Available
The 2010-11 edition of the Michigan Directory of Service Providers for Infants, Toddlers, and Students With Disabilities is now available on the MI3/CEN website. Users can download the complete directory or specific sections in a PDF format.
The directory is intended for parents, educators, and other service providers seeking resource information related to the educational needs of children, students, and clients. The directory contains contact information about resources for children ages birth to three with special needs and their families (Michigan's Early On® population) and students ages 3 to 26 with disabilities.
Listings include special education and Early On administrative personnel in local and intermediate school districts (ISDs), specialized schools, and public school academies (charter schools). The directory is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all personnel, but instead provides basic contact information for administrators and others who provide services to infants, toddlers, and students with disabilities.
The directory also contains contact information for the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Department of Community Health, Michigan Department of Human Services, Michigan local public health departments, neonatal intensive care units, and agencies, associations, and organizations." (Accessed 12/16/10 https://app.e2ma.net/app/view:CampaignPublic/id:3609.8920137442/rid:2e18afce958b485f529562666cc27b84)
Go to the MI3/CEN website to download individual sections of the directory.
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MDE State and Due Process Complaint Documents - Revised/New
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services (OSE-EIS) has released revised and new guidance documents regarding the state and due process complaints and procedures. The following are the four documents, now available for download on the Administrative Forms and Procedures page of the OSE-EIS website.
Please refer parents to the website for these forms/documents. For additional information or questions, call: (888) 320-8384.
Harvalee Saunto, Coordinator
Program Accountability Unit
Subject: Granholm/Bobb lose-Baxter decision attached
Date: Monday, December 6, 2010, 6:35 PM
Attorney Joyce Schon sent this PDF of the ruling by Judge Wendy Baxter on the Board v. Bobb suit over the division of powers. Schon one of the members of the legal team that represented the Board in this lawsuit; it should be restated that Schon, George Washington, Shanta Driver, et. al. fought this lawsuit for free, supported only by a fundraiser organized by teachers led by Luciana Simpkins last summer.Board President Anthony Adams, who strengthened the Board's legal fight, quickly changed his work plans today to arrive at the Court to get the opinion and call for a special Board meeting for tomorrow so that the Board can begin to take immediate action. He was joined by member Carol Banks.Joyce says that this ruling is especially significant in its critique of the market model of education imposed by Bobb on pp 33-34, which she says is the first in the nation. She called it "a serious blow to the national campaign to charterize and privatize public education. It is the first decision that recognizes the destructive market place plan to turn children to products." She called for reuniting students, parents and the community to defend public education.Baxter upheld the legal right of Bobb to terminate parent liaisions, close schools but held that the Board has clear policy making role in academic governance and education programming. It appears that the Board's power will stop short of keeping schools open even if the closing has an adverse effect on a unique education program.The decision does not deal with Bobb's perjury during his testimony and it is unclear which legislation she refers to in page 5. I asked two engaged state reps and they did not know either.This decision is welcome and is not only a repudiation of Bobb but of Granholm, who encouraged, defended and rewarded Bobb for the usurpation of power he exercised in coordination with her.Bobb wilfully ignored the law ( see pp.28 & 29), Baxter points out. Granholm was party to that unlawful activity.The decision is silent on the restoration of appropriate staff to the control of the Board and appears (to a layman) to complicate the Board's ability to hire a Superintendent. Bobb has a search process in place for a Superintendent, Chief Academic Officer and CFO. The Board will have to review that process in light of this decision to see how much decision making Bobb should have in this matter.
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