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MDE Updates for May/June 2021

June 09, 2021

MDE Updates for May/June 2021

Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement Grant -- In response to the ongoing and intense need to provide appropriately certified and endorsed teachers for students with disabilities, the Michigan Department of Education Office of Special Education (MDE OSE) is offering a Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement Grant opportunity. Districts eligible to apply for the Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement Grant must have a 60 percent or higher Free and Reduced-Meals population, based on the fall 2019 data. Learn more and see if your district is eligible


Alternative Education and Innovative Programs (Hours and Days) Waivers 2021-22 Application Process  -- Local education agencies (LEAs), both traditional public school districts and public school academies (PSAs), with alternative education programs or other innovative programs can apply for waivers to days, hours, and attendance requirements specific to these programs. Learn more about the waiver requirements


Accelerated Learning Guidance for All Students -- The MDE is pleased to announce the release of the third set of informational guides on how to address student learning gaps through accelerated learning. The informational guides were developed in collaboration with educators and education partners throughout the state. The department highly recommends that districts focus their programming on accelerated learning rather than remediation. Review the new informational guides


Change to State Aid Deductions for Non-certification  -- Effective May 19, 2021, Governor Whitmer signed into law Public Act 15 of 2021 to modify state aid deductions related to non-certification of school district employees. Learn how this may impact your school


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Public Reporting of Data  -- The federal regulations that implement the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) require public reporting on the performance of each local service area on the targets established in the state performance plan/annual performance report for each of the priority areas for Part C. Read more about the reporting requirements


Read by Grade Three Educator Survey --  The MDE is encouraging K-5 teachers and principals, district superintendents, and early literacy coaches to share their perspectives on the Read by Grade Three Law (RBG3). The RBG3 survey will close on Friday, June 18. Access the survey

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