State to hold hearing on special education changes

LANSING, Mich. - A legislative hearing will determine whether proposed changes to special education rules will be implemented, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules will hear testimony regarding the Michigan Department of Education's list of proposed changes to special education programming throughout the state.

Parents are particularly outraged at the elimination of an extended school year of 230 days for students with severe disabilities. More than 600 people registered in opposition to the change, the Free Press reported.

If the committee doesn't take action, the rules may become official the next time the House and Senate meet in session on the same day, according to the Free Press.

Detroit Free Press, "Special education hearing set for Wednesday," Aug. 11, 2008

Michigan Education Report, "Legislators take up special ed rules," Aug. 11, 2008