Office of Special Education to Conduct Public Hearings and Accept Comment on Proposed Procedures for Significant Disproportionality

The Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education will conduct four public hearings to receive public comment on the following proposed procedures for Significant Disproportionality.

The proposed changes establish a standard methodology in the annual determination under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act section 618 (d) (20 U.S.C. 1418 (d)) of whether significant disproportionality based on race and ethnicity is occurring in the state and the local educational agencies of the state. 

View the Proposed Significant Disproportionality Methodology in Michigan

Public Hearings

Public hearings will be held on the proposed rules on:

  • Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 4 p.m.—6 p.m. at University Center Gaylord, 80 Livingston Blvd, Gaylord, MI 49735
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 5 p.m.—7 p.m. at Crowne Plaza, 925 S Creyts Road, Ballroom E, Lansing, MI  48917.
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018, 3:30 p.m.—5 p.m. at Northern Michigan University, The Don H. Bottum University Center, 1401 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette, MI  49855
  • Monday, February 26, 2018, 4 p.m.—6 p.m. at Outdoor Adventure Center, Discovery Lab Classroom, 1801 Atwater Street, Detroit, MI 48207

If special accommodations are needed to participate in the public hearings, contact Julie Markham at 517-373-2979 or email MarkhamJ@michigan.gov at least two weeks before the expected public hearing date.

Public Comment

Oral or written comments may be presented in person at the hearing or submitted via email to MDE-OSE-Public-Comment@michigan.gov. Comments must be received no later than March 8, 2018. Individuals who do not have access to a computer can mail written comments to: 
Public Comment-Significant Disproportionality
Office of Special Education
Michigan Department of Education
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, Michigan 48909

All comments will be reviewed and considered in the final version of the procedures.