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Michigan: Administrative law judge sides with Flint schools in special education funding dispute

Michigan Public Radio |

A state Education Department official is recommending changes to a funding formula that could mean tens of thousands of dollars in additional special education funding for the school district. 

Flint officials complain the formula is based on the number of full-time students and not on the number of special needs students in each district. An administrative law judge agreed, saying in his written decision the funding formula “does not meet the individual needs of each student with a disability.”  

It will be up to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Rice to decide how the money should be divided up. The superintendent’s decision is binding but may be appealed to the circuit court.