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The Tradition Continues

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in EGR Special Education Data | 0 comments

East Grand Rapids Public School’s 2013-2014 special education identification rate plunges below 5%. Once again, the district has the lowest of any public K-12 district with more than 1000 students.

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State Says EGRPS Doesn’t Need to Follow Michigan Criteria for Identifying Learning Disabilities

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in News | 0 comments

The Michigan Office of Special Education says school districts don’t need to follow the Michigan Criteria for identification of learning disabilities. The MI-OSE used this surprising statement to dismiss State Complaint allegations against EGRPS.

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Department of Ed Revises State Complaint Procedures

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in EGR Special Education Data | 0 comments

In April, the Michigan Department of Education revised its State Complaint Procedures. The latest document shows the new procedures were already revised again in May. In this post, we take a look at some of the changes.

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EGR Schools, FHC fall from US News High School Rankings Due to Average Performance

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in EGR District Performance | 0 comments

This year, in order to be ranked or to receive gold, silver, or bronze medals, a high school had to pass a couple of preliminary tests. The first test was that the high school’s student reading and math scores needed to be above the high school’s expected performance range, given each school’s percentage of economically disadvantaged students. The ranking methodology sought to level the playing field among high schools and look beyond raw test scores.

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Having Child Evaluated for Learning Disability at EGRPS? Good Luck.

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in EGR Special Education Data | 0 comments

Based on fall 2012 student counts, East Grand Rapids Public Schools again has among the lowest specific learning disability identification rates in Michigan, a full two standard deviations below the average identification rate. Now, we know learning disabilities don’t somehow magically stop at the district borders, as if there is some barrier that prevents learning disabilities from affecting East Grand Rapids residents. So why are the identification rates so low? Included in this post is the data regarding district identification rates for specific learning disabilities.

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When to File a Special Education Complaint

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in EGR Special Education Data | 0 comments

Too many parents spend days, weeks, months in discussions and arguments regarding what a district should be doing or is required to do. While you certainly shouldn’t give up on these discussions and arguments, you should also strongly consider filing either a State Complaint or Due Process Complaint if you find the district is not compliant with the regulations and rules. This may help speed compliance and get others involved. Even if the district ultimately complies with what is required, you should still strongly consider filing a State Complaint to investigate and document non-compliance. This post includes a short list of potential issues and the respective laws and rules related to them.

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New Website for Michigan Special Education Complaints

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in News | 0 comments

The State recently launched a new website for Michigan Special Education Complaints. You’ll be able to view actual complaints against school districts and other agencies. Within each of those complaints, you can review the alleged violations, findings of fact by the State and the respective ISD investigator, and the conclusion of the investigators. In reviewing special education complaints, you may find areas in which your school district has violated federal laws and state rules regarding your child.

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EGR Public Schools
Lowest Special Education Rate (Again)

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in EGR Special Education Data | 0 comments

East Grand Rapids Public Schools again captured the dubious distinction of having the lowest K-12 special education identification rate among public school districts with more than 1000 K-12 students; more than 2.4 standard deviations below the mean identification rate. Read more to see the continuing, multi-year decline and the data for the current academic year.

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Feds Step up Efforts to Ensure School Districts Comply with New Rules

Posted by on Nov 15, 2012 in News | 1 comment

Earlier this year, officials at the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights sent a letter to school districts and state education leaders clearly spelling out the obligations schools have under the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. The Amendments Act revises the definition of “disability” to more broadly encompass impairments that substantially limit a major life activity. A student whom a school district did not believe had a disability, and therefore did not receive, as described in the Section 504 regulation, special education or related services before passage of the Amendments Act, must now be considered under these new legal standards. If you believe your child has a disability and has been denied special education services or Section 504 services and it has been more than one year since your child was evaluated for and denied special education services, you can and should request another evaluation.

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New Mandated Insurance Coverage for ASD Kids

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in News | 0 comments

In October, the Autism Coverage Reimbursement Act went into effect in Michigan for children under age 19. As the result of this legislation, if you have an child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and have medical insurance, you may have significantly expanded covered services available to you, as well as lower costs for new and previously covered services.

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How We Compare

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in EGR Special Education Data | 0 comments

See how EGR Schools Special Education compares against the average of 358 other public districts in the state. No one is saying we need to be average, but when 99.5% of the other districts have higher special education identification rates and EGRPS is more than two standard deviations below the mean, something is likely wrong. Disabilities don’t somehow magically stop at the district borders.

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East Grand Rapids School Board Candidates Summary

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in EGR District Performance | 0 comments

We’ve put together a page for each candidate competing for an open seat on the EGR school board. On those pages, we summarize what we heard at the Candidate’s Forum, what we can see from the candidates’ websites and social media properties (e.g., Facebook), and reader comments on the candidates, as they relate to the issues on this blog.

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And the Candidates Said…

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in EGR District Performance | 0 comments

See what the candidates had to say about the six questions we posted on this blog.

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A Teacher’s Comment

Posted by on Oct 27, 2012 in EGR Special Education Data | 2 comments

Yesterday, a teacher had a great comment to our post about whether the issues on this blog should be shared with everyone in the District. Rather than risk this comment getting buried in the comments section, we thought we would highlight it in a post.

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We Need Your Help in the Next Four Days

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in EGR District Performance | 0 comments

Many of you learned about this blog via a postcard you received. Or perhaps, someone who received a postcard told you about it. While the response to the postcards was great, less than 20 percent of the households in the district received one. We’d like to ensure every household in the district receives information about the issues on this blog. We’d like to change that. We also think voters need to know this information before November 6. But that costs money. We need roughly $1000 to make that happen. Will you help?

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Whoops! We Lost Another One.

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in EGR Special Education Data | 2 comments

Last year at East Grand Rapids Public Schools, there were only 5 seventh-grade...

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And the School Board said…

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in EGR District Performance | 1 comment

…Nothing Even though every member of the board received a postcard...

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Playing with the Numbers

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in EGR Special Education Data | 0 comments

If you talk to someone at the District, they may likely tell you, in response to the data on this blog, that they had more than 160 special ed kids in the year ended 2011, and more than 291 in the year ended 2006. They may also tell you that their special education percentage for the year ended 2011 was not 5.38%, but rather 6.29%. If they do, they’re not comparing apples to apples.

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Is this Important to Share with ALL Voters Before the Election?

Posted by on Oct 21, 2012 in EGR District Performance | 4 comments

Countless people still don’t know about these issues. Does the whole district need to know? Is it important all district residents are aware of these issues and candidates’ responses before the election? Does it matter? Will it matter? What are your thoughts?

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School Board Meeting is this Monday Oct 22

Posted by on Oct 21, 2012 in EGR District Performance | 0 comments

Reminder: The EGRPS School Board is meeting this Monday, October 21, at 6pm. Location: Community Board Room, Administration Center. 2915 Hall Street SE. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting. There is a period of public comment, generally at the start of the meeting, if you wish to make a comment. Please let your friends know.

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