Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education

MAASE is a statewide professional educational organization affiliated with the National Council of Administrators of Special Education and the Council for Exceptional Children. MAASE members are dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual in society.

Those who receive special education services are individuals who possess basic rights and responsibilities, and who command respect at all times. Special education embraces the right to a free appropriate public education.

The Mission of MAASE is to provide leadership for the development and implementation of quality programs and services for students with disabilities within the total education community.

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President's Corner

MAASE President Eric Hoppstock
Eric Hoppstock

January 6, 2017

 

Welcome to 2017 and the return from a holiday break. I hope for many it was a meaningful time with family and you are recharged for the second half of the school year.

At the end of December, the U.S. Department of Education released new sets of guidance to assist the public in understanding how the Department interprets and enforces federal civil rights laws protecting the rights of students with disabilities. These guidance documents clarify the rights of students with disabilities and the responsibilities of educational institutions in ensuring that all students have the opportunity to learn.

Two of these documents will be added to the MAASE wiki (under MAASE Governance and Legislative Action), Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools by OCR, and a Dear Colleague letter with an included question and answer document on the use of restraint and seclusion in public schools and when such seclusion or restraint may violate Section 504 and the ADA.

The Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools, issued by the Department’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR), provides a broad overview of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504). The guidance describes school districts’ nondiscrimination responsibilities, including obligations to provide educational services to students with disabilities, and outlines the steps parents can take to ensure that their children secure all of the services that are entitled to receive.

The second guidance package released by OCR addresses the circumstances under which use of restraint and seclusion can result in discrimination against student with disabilities, in violation of Section 504 and ADA. The Dear Colleague letter with attached questions and answers offers additional information about the legal limitations on use of restraint or seclusion to assist school districts in meeting their obligations to students with disabilities. This information will need to be considered in light of Michigan’s recent passage of a set of bills limiting the use of Seclusion and Restraint and the upcoming guidance that the Michigan Department of Education is required to provide relative to Michigan implementation.

As you can see much to learn, practices to perfect, and the need for each other to make the task manageable.


  • CASE
  • Idea Partnership
  • Michigan Special Education Reference
  • Special Ed Connection
  • Idea Partnership