Ways and Means: Millage

WAYS AND MEANS
April 22, 2022

Millage.

STATE OF MICHIGAN.

What’s in the news?

April 22, 2022
Special education funding on ballot in Muskegon Co.
by WZZM TV Grand Rapids, MI, Tegna, Inc.

Included in the story?

No. System issue.

What’s the story?

The Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, in Muskegon, MI, my hometown, is seeking funding in a millage request on the May ballot, to fill a 40 year old gap.

The associate superintendent of special education of MAISD said that a gap has existed for 40 years, resulting in a $20 million shortfall.

In 1992-1993, I did participate in a program called Stage II Screen, operated by another department of the MAISD, during that time period.

According to MAISD, the districts will save, by official estimates:

Fruitport: $1.25 million
Holton: $310,000
Mona Shores: $1.44 million
Muskegon: $1.49 million
North Muskegon: $296,000
Oakridge: $663,000
Orchard View: $861,000
Ravenna: $296,000
Reeths-Puffer: $1.61 million
Whitehall: $695,000
Muskegon Covenant: $27,000
Muskegon Heights Academy: $227,000
Muskegon Montessori: $25,000
Three Oaks Academy: $77,000
Timberland Academy: $150,000

There is also story from Tegna’s fact checking brand, VERIFY, on WZZM’s YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZB565LDZqE.

Does it say inclusion?

I attended three districts in this list, but not private and charter schools in the second part of the list, specifically: one where I lived when I was preschool, one where I attended preschool 20 miles away operated by the intermediate school district, and the one I eventually graduated from. I discuss this in the episode 104 of I Survived Special Education: Not a Joke, titled “Excessive Transportation”.

It isn’t inclusion when special education is underfunded.

WHAT PROGRESS?:

Special education students are still segregated from their peers. The special education school I attended still exists.

STATE OF THE FUNDING:

This story is about how special education at the intermediate school district I was in hasn’t been fully funded in 40 years, which corresponds with my time there in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
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IS THIS FAPE?

The VERIFY story is about the amount of the tax increase, which would average $88 more per year per homeowner.