According to the US Department of Education’s (USDE) Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) “exacerbated and contributed to the harm to students with disabilities” when it gave school districts pandemic-era guidance regarding compensatory services that was inconsistent with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which protects people against disability discrimination. In its notice, OCR stated that the MDE improperly limited compensatory services to make up for lost instructional time during the pandemic for K-12 students, including students attending the Michigan School for the Deaf.

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