Intermediate school districts (ISDs) and their member districts are responsible for providing a free appropriate public education (FAPE) through their special education programs and services.
ISDs must submit a plan to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Office of Special Education (OSE) that documents how special education services will be provided to students within the ISD and its member districts.
Section 380.1281 of the Revised School Code allows for waivers from certain rules in the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE). The state superintendent may grant a waiver to local educational agencies (LEAs), ISDs, or public school academies (PSAs) if the district is able to address the intent of the rule in a more effective, efficient, or economical manner or the waiver is necessary to stimulate improved pupil performance. Waivers may be granted for up to three years.
- Administrative Rule Waiver Application for Single District [PDF]
ISDs or their member districts must submit an application for each individual waiver.
- Administrative Rule Waiver Joint Application [PDF]
Multiple districts may submit a single application together if they are applying for an identical waiver.
- Application for Renewal of Previously-Approved Administrative Rule Waiver [PDF]
Previously approved waivers may be renewed. The renewal form can be used for either joint or single applications.
- Administrative Rule Waiver Application for Teacher Requirement Under Rule 340.1758 [PDF]
Waiver application to request MDE approval to address the teacher shortage in programs for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with a teacher certified in another area of special education.
- Administrative Rule Waiver Application for School Social Worker Requirement Under Rule 340.1799f [PDF]
Waiver application to request MDE approval to address the school social worker (SSW) shortage with a Master's level social worker who enrolls in an approved SSW program, without having to complete the program before employment.
The MARSE allow for deviations from certain rules under specific circumstances outlined in R 340.1734. The MDE OSE may grant a deviation to LEAs, ISDs, or PSAs for a period not to extend beyond the current school year.
Applications for deviations must be submitted by the district through the Catamaran system.