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Michigan: More help needed for students with developmental disabilities

Nov 22, 2017, Negaumee, MI, NBC6: Special education report outlines need for additional resources http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/content/news/Special-education-report-outlines-need-for-additional-resources-459340553.html Michigan’s special education students need more resources to reach their full potential, according to a new report presented to Lt. Gov. Calley Wednesday. Calley charged a subcommittee of members on his Special Education Reform Task Force to review funding models in other states and to identify priority investment areas to ensure Michigan has a system that meets each child’s educational needs. The Special Education Funding Subcommittee presented its findings to Calley this week. “Students with developmental disabilities and learning disabilities should have access to the specialized services they need to learn,” Calley said. “While we have a long way to go to give students with special needs the resources they deserve, I’m encouraged that we now have a roadmap to help us get there.” The report identifies a $700 million gap between the cost of current services and existing special education funding streams. The shortfall is currently being covered by individual schools’ general operating budgets.