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Comments by MPAS On 2020-21 State Education Budget

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Comments by Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS)
On 2020-21 State Education Budget

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization mandated to advocate for people with disabilities in Michigan. MPAS appreciates the opportunity to comment on the proposed 2020 education budget.

For years, MPAS has received calls from parents throughout Michigan describing problems with access to appropriate special education services and supports. Many students are excluded from school or limited to part-day programs for lack of appropriate supports, especially for supports designed to address challenging disability-related behavior. For this reason, MPAS believes that students with disabilities will benefit from the $120 million increased state share of special education costs proposed in the Governor’s 2020 budget.

In addition, students with disabilities will benefit from continued state investments in Early On, MiBLISI, juvenile justice education programs, student mental health services, and supports for education and related services in Flint. When implemented with fidelity by adequately trained staff, these programs can help students with disabilities stay in school and make progress toward graduation and post-secondary success.

Students with disabilities will also benefit from expanded investments in early learning, literacy, and college/career readiness programs, provided those programs ensure equal access and accountability toward all students. Nor can students with disabilities benefit by increases in school funding alone. Michigan must also provide adequate budget support for community-based health and mental health services to ensure that students with disabilities can thrive and grow outside of school as well.

For links to state education budget information, go to the State of Michigan Budget Office,

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/budget/FY20_Exec_Budget_Issue_Papers_648086_7_648301_7.pdf (school info on pages 21-24 and 29-30), or refer to information provided by the Education Trust Midwest, https://midwest.edtrust.org/resource/advancing-equity-opportunity/

For more information about these comments, please contact Mark McWilliams, Director of Public Policy and Media Relations, (517) 487-1755 or mmcwilliams@mpas.org, in MPAS’ Lansing office.

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April 09, 2019