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Report: Michigan’s special education students underserved by 700 million dollars

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Michigan’s special education students need more resources. That’s according to a new report released Wednesday.

In a nutshell, the report says that students who need more resources should get more resources. To the tune of about 700 million dollars.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley asked an education committee to do the report.

Calley says he wants the state to completely change the way it funds special education.

“There’s no way it would happen overnight. But it’s something that the sooner that we start, the sooner we’re going to get there.”

“This is really about ensuring that every single child receives an education. And education is freedom, education is independence, education really is everything.”

“What’s at stake here is making sure that every single student has the ability to live a full and independent self-determined life.”

Calley says he plans to work with the State Budget Office to find room in next year’s budget for various programs to increase funding.