State reinstates $4.8 million in funding following district’s efforts to improve procedures, service
Detroit Public Schools is in compliance with state and federal requirements for Special Education for the first time since 2007.
As a result of coming into compliance in the area of Educational Environments, the Michigan Department of Education reinstated $4.8 million in funding, which represents 20 percent of requested federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act funds that were withheld during the 2010-2011 school year.
The Michigan Department of Education requires school districts across the state to comply with 15 Performance Plan Indicators, which are areas that ensure students are being effectively served and districts are in compliance with the IDEA and Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education. As of June, DPS has been in compliance in all 15 areas, following completion of two Corrective Action Plans.
The district most recently met all the steps outlined in its state-approved Corrective Action Plans in the areas of Educational Environments and Suspension/Expulsion. To come into compliance in the area of Educational Environments, DPS increased the percentage of students who spend at least 80 percent of their school day in general education settings from 27.8 percent in 2006 to 38 percent in the 2010-2011. The district also developed handbooks and codified procedures for dealing with Special Education students and did extensive staff training to improve service.
To come into compliance in the area of Suspension/Expulsion, DPS implemented extensive staff training in how to properly suspend children who have disabilities. The district also revised its discipline handbook, rewrote procedures and improved parent communication.
The district had been out of compliance in the areas of Educational Environments and Suspension/Expulsion since 2008. As a penalty, 20 percent of federal IDEA funding was withheld during the 2010-2011 school year.