Today, State Superintendent Brian Whiston has made an official withdrawal of the proposed MARSE changes. We compliment him on his decision and the path he is laying out for moving forward. From his memorandum Board Update - 07/31/15:
"Special Ed Administrative Rules
After discussions with MDE staff and Mike Zimmer, the Director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, I have decided to officially withdraw the Special Ed rules package from last year. We will continue to work with stakeholders and the Lt. Governor to improve services for all of our students with disabilities, and see what future changes will transpire with the upcoming Congressional reauthorization of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)." ~ State Superintendent Brian Whiston, July 31, 2015
We are heartened by this move and welcome it as a step towards a more inclusive process for all stakeholders in the special education and disability community. SEAD would like to thank and specifically acknowledge the tremendous work done by Lt. Governor Brian Calley to stop these changes and to seek a more open process for us all. Looks like we have an iclusive path forward.