The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that each state receiving assistance under Part B of the IDEA must provide for the collection and examination of data to determine if significant disproportionality based on race and ethnicity is occurring in the state and the local education agencies of the state with respect to: incidence, duration, and type of disciplinary actions, including suspensions and expulsions.
Okemos Public Schools was cited for significant disproportionality for the 2011-2012 school year. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Office of Special Education (OSE) requires that districts identified as having significant disproportionality do the following:
• Allocate 15% of IDEA Special Education grants for early intervening services
As a district we have spent considerable time during the 2013-14 school year on the following activities:
• Allocated 15% of IDEA grant funds for early intervening services to purchase 3 iPads that were used to provide a targeted intervention for an identified group of at risk general education kindergarten students.
• Developed clear and consistent discipline procedures for students with disabilities that align with federal and state rules and regulations
• Developed a system to monitor the nature, frequency, and length of suspensions for students with disabilities.
• Involved district administrators, counselors, MTSS coaches, and school social workers in in professional development opportunities that focused on Restorative Justice Practices.
• Involved the district school social workers and school psychologists in professional development focused on developing consistent practices in the use of Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans.
• Involved administrators in professional development focused on cultural diversity, increasing awareness, reviewing district data and engaging in critical conversations.
• Revised the district Code of Conduct policy and regulations.