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Bridges4Kids LogoParent Notifications Required in Michigan by No Child Left Behind Act
The following is a memorandum sent to superintendents and academy directors from Jeremy Hughes, Chief Academic Officer/Deputy Superintendent of the Michigan Department of Education on October 13, 2003.
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The purpose of this memorandum is to summarize the notifications that school districts and public school academies are required to provide to parents under the No Child Left Behind Act, and to clarify these requirements in light of the delay in the availability of 2002-03 MEAP results and calculation of 2002-03 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). The required notifications fall into the two categories indicated below.

Notifications regarding staff qualifications:

At the beginning of each school year, districts and academies that receive Title I funds must notify parents of students who attend Title I schools of their right to request information on the professional qualifications of their childrenís classroom teachers and the qualifications of any paraprofessionals who provide services to their children.

If a student attending a Title I school is assigned to, or taught for, four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified, the school must provide timely notice to the studentís parents.

Notifications regarding Title I schools identified for improvement:

∑ If a Title I school is identified for improvement, continuing improvement or corrective action (two, three or four years of not making AYP), the district or academy must notify parents of students attending the school of the option to transfer their children to another school in the district that is not identified for improvement. This notification must be made directly to parents, through such means as regular mail or e-mail. Schools that did not make AYP in 2001-02, and were identified for improvement, continuing improvement or corrective action, must provide the transfer option for 2003-04, even if they make AYP in 2002-03. These schools will continue to be identified until they have made AYP for two consecutive years. Schools that made AYP in 2001-02, but were still identified for improvement, should wait until 2002-03 AYP results are available to determine if the school is still identified.

∑ If a Title I school is identified for continuing improvement or corrective action (three or four years of not making AYP), the district or academy must also notify parents of children from low-income families of the opportunity for their children to receive supplemental educational services from a state-approved provider. Schools that did not make AYP in 2001-02, and were identified for continuing improvement or corrective action, must provide the opportunity for supplemental educational services in 2003-04 since they will continue to be identified even if they make AYP in 2002-03. Schools that made AYP in 2001-02, but were still identified for continuing improvement or corrective action, should wait until 2002-03 results are available to determine if the school is still identified.

I hope that the above information clarifies district and academy responsibilities in view of the delay in the availability of 2002-03 AYP results. If you have questions about these requirements, please contact your Field Services consultant.

    

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