Muskegon Special Ed Screening Violate Law, District-Requested Audit Finds

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Shortly after he took his new job as superintendent of Muskegon Public Schools, Jon Felske became alarmed by the high percentage of students in special education.

He called for an audit, which turned up a multitude of problems for the district.

The audit by the state of Michigan found that students were prematurely and even inappropriately labeled for special education, improperly segregated from general education students and were being suspended at unacceptable levels, sometimes without required academic supports.

State monitors confirmed what Felske and the district’s new special education director already knew: The district had not been providing least restrictive educational settings required under federal law for the past eight years and hadn’t been properly screening children for 15 years.

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