Feds: Michigan in need of special education intervention
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is the only state in the U.S. that needs intervention after failing to meet federal special education requirements this year, according to federal education officials.
The U.S. Department of Education determined the need for intervention after evaluating Michigan’s compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, for the 2016-17 school year, the Detroit News reported.
Michigan’s rating reflects its high drop-out and low graduation rates for students with disabilities ages 3 through 21, according to education experts.
About 29 percent of Michigan children with disabilities dropped out of school and 63 percent graduated with a regular high school diploma, according to federal officials. In comparison, Massachusetts meets federal IDEA requirements and saw a 15 percent drop-out rate for children with disabilities, while 74 percent of students with disabilities graduated with a regular high school diploma.