Intervention said to lower special education count

ALPENA, Mich. — School districts in the Alpena area are seeing a decline in the number of students identified as eligible for special education services, which officials attribute to intervention programs, according to The Alpena News.

The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District school board learned at a recent meeting that the special education count dropped by 6.5 percent in the past year, The News reported. Much of the decline has been in the category of learning disabilities Superintendent Brian Wilmot said, according to The News.

The district offers intervention programs in reading, writing and behavior that are intended to help students in the learning disabilities category, according to the report.

“What this tells me is the investment that this board and this district has made in these student programs ... is paying great dividends,” Wilmot said, according to The News.

The Alpena News, “Special ed drops 6.5 percent,” April 14, 2011

Michigan Education Report, “Specializing in special education,” Feb. 1, 2010