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Do you have a question related to special education?
Call 888-320-8384.

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Parent Resources

Information about special education for parents and families.

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Procedural Safeguards

Schools must provide notice to parents about the protections and rights for their
children with disabilities.

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OSE Spotlight

FAPE for Adult Learners

Providing special education programs and services is the responsibility of all public agencies involved in the education of adult learners with disabilities.

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Revised MARSE Rules Go Into Effect

Revisions to Rule 340.1746 of the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education, which address the provisions of homebound and hospitalized services for students eligible for special education, become effective July 19, 2022.
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IEP Development: Special Education Programs and Services Guidance Available

This document supports the development of an IEP based on the unique needs of the student, which are described in the Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP).
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IDEA 2022 Public Reporting Data Available

Michigan's 2022 performance data for students with an individualized education program (IEP) are now available, as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
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Q&A Available for Implementing the MARSE R340.1708 - Visual Impairment

New document answers VI rule questions.

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Child Find Guidance

Guidance for the Child Find requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Act and the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education.
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Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement Grant Opportunity

Grant funds are intended to incentivize certified Michigan teachers to earn an additional endorsement in special education for employment in a program where they are currently not qualified.

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Building Capacity - Improving Outcomes

How the Office of Special Education supports the Michigan Department of Education's Mission, Vision, and Top 10 Strategic Plan.

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The Path Forward Strategic Action Plan

An outcome-focused plan to bring about systemic change to support post-school success for students with disabilities in Michigan.

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Quick Links

COVID-19 Special Education Information and Resources

Information, guidance, and resources to support students with disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Previously Released Guidance

A list of all guidance documents released by the Office of Special Education.

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Mediation and Dispute Resolution

Find ways for parents and schools to problem solve about special education issues.

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Find information about determining a student’s eligibility for special education programs and services.

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Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE)

The MARSE are the Michigan rules to follow when implementing special education laws.

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Michigan submits a State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) to the U.S. Department of Education each year. The SPP/APR shows Michigan’s progress on each federal special education indicator and outlines the plan for the future.

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Supports for Students With Disabilities

Many offices and organizations outside of the OSE support students with disabilities. Look through the different supports for students with disabilities for help from other sources.

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Michigan Special Education Reference (MI-SER)

The MI-SER is a database of federal and state special education law and policy information and resources.

MI-SER Website

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