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Admins Push For Leeway On Seclusion Ban; Lawmakers Won't Yield
The devil is in the details of the Lieutenant Governor's legislative
package to scrub seclusion and restraint procedures from the state's
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MPSC To Fine Company For Not Providing Deaf Phone Service
(MIRS, 4/14/16) The Michigan Public Service
Commission (MPSC) today found a company did not provide required
telecommunications relay service (TRS) for its deaf, hard-of-hearing and
speech-impaired customers. The MPSC approved an order stipulating it would
charge CMC Telecom $200 each day it's been in violation. The MPSC will reopen a
proceeding to determine what date, if any, the company began providing TRS.
This follows a June 2015 order the MPSC issued directing CMC Telcom to
show it was providing TRS. In 2014, AT&T told the MPSC it was moving out of the
business of providing TRS statewide in early 2015, which left some other local
providers to arrange for providing their own TRS.
Students Could Not Be Kicked Out For Being
Truant Under New Legislation
Children couldn't be kicked out of school for being chronically absent from
school under legislation that received its first hearing in a Senate committee
by the Numbers: A Breakdown of Bullying Statistics and Facts
Bullying can come in many different forms. Sometimes, mean kids
bother others on the playground, on the bus, or in the halls at school. You
might run into a bully in the lunchroom or in a quiet corner of the library.
Bullies also are mean to people online on social media sites, in email, and
in text messages. But no one is allowed to bully others at any time or in
any place. If you have a problem with a bully or you see someone else
struggling with one, always tell an adult to get help. Teachers, parents,
and other adults will step in to stop the abuse.
Stacking: A Sport Whose Growth Runneth Over
William Orrell is the best in the world in
his sport. A 17-year-old from North Carolina, Orrell is ranked No. 1 and is
the reigning junior Olympic and world champion. He has a popular YouTube
channel, a product line named after him, and legions of admiring fans in
dozens of countries. He has gained all this
notoriety by stacking cups in small pyramids at a mind-boggling clip.
Community Mental Health In A Self Determined Way
Currently, every dollar appropriated to support people who use
behavioral health, I/DD, SUD, SED and autism services, passes by contracts
through 3 or more layers of high cost bureaucracy. By the time funds reach
the actual beneficiary of service and the individuals who provide their
direct care, there are pennies left for the individual’s supports and
services and a poverty-level wage for the direct support professional. This
Map of Michigan Parent Support Options: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Suicide is God awful. It snuffs out precious life and leaves a wake
of agony for those left behind. I know the pain all too well, as both my
older and younger brothers took their own lives.
Writing these words are painful as it conjures up the memories of better
times with two of my siblings, brother Ed and Phil, the jokes, laughter,
fights and enjoyment of the simplest pleasure of life. Now, they are gone
and all I have are the memories.
Download Lt. Governor Calley's Full Report from Special Ed Reform Task Force
Calley Calls For Bill Restricting
Restraint, Seclusion Of Students (MIRS 2/9/16)
Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley called on
Gov. Rick Snyder and the Legislature to pass
legislation restricting the seclusion and restraint of students, as part of
recommendations to reform how special education is handled in Michigan.
Those recommendations were the end result of a task force chaired by Calley.
The task force, appointed by the Governor, followed a "listening tour"
conducted by Calley to gather input on how special education is working for
those who use it across the state. Calley also said there would be resources
devoted to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) in Snyder's 2017
budget presentation to develop a network of people who can help schools with
some of the task force recommendations. Calley wouldn't say how much the
budget request would cost. In addition to the legislation calling for the
restriction of seclusion and restraint, Calley outlined other ideas aimed at
making the system work better for those in special education. The ideas were
sorted into several categories, including improving access, scope and
quality of services, creating a better problem-solving process and
supporting parents, guardians and educators with more resources. Calley dug
into the nitty-gritty of improving access to services, pushing the
development of initiatives for professional development of educators
regarding positive behavioral interventions and supports. Under the
"creating a better problem-solving process" category, Calley and the task
force suggested encouraging mediators while discouraging the use of
attorneys, and reinstating the 10-day appeal for written complaints. There
was also the section on providing parents, guardians and educators more
resources. Calley said the state should promote its special education help
desk, which he said he didn't know much about before this process. Calley
became more engaged in this issue when he spoke out against proposed special
education rule changes that MDE was pushing a few years ago and also
included in the recommendations were methods to reform how special education
rulemaking is conducted, including providing more opportunities for
discussing the proposed rules and increasing the number and duration of
public hearings. Calley presented the recommendations to the Michigan State
Board of Education (SBE).
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Are 14 of Attorney John Brower's Latest Special Ed Q&As In One Convenient Spot
Things I Thought I'd Never Say...Until I Had Boys
Since being a mother to boys has to have some sort of anthropological
distinction to it, I've decided to compile my very own list of observations
of things I never thought I would say until I had boys.
Story About a Mother's Love Brought an Entire Middle School to Tears
If you know anything about middle school, you know that young
teenagers can be hard to motivate and inspire. For former professional
wrestler Marc Mero, however, it only took four minutes to bring an
auditorium full of middle school students to tears with his personal story
about his mother, her passing and his regrets about pushing her away. His
speech is a must watch, but be warned...you'll need a box of tissues by the
Drama Students Meet Real-life Inspiration
Chad DeKatch hopes every production he leads as director of the
Okemos High School theater department is a learning experience for his
students. But for the school's latest play called "The Boys Next Door,"
DeKatch also wanted the experience to be life-changing.
is Perfect, Anyways?
Healthy Habits to Teach Kids Who Worry Too Much