Approximately 40,000 students with disabilities are currently being served by Wayne County's 33 local school districts and approximately 110 public school academies. The large majority of these students are provided appropriate programs within their resident districts.
Approximately 7,000 students have more severe impairments (often referred to as "low incident" students) that require placement in the 57 special education center programs located throughout the county. A center program serves low incidence students from several local school districts at a single site. All 57 special education center programs are operated by local school districts.
Special education monitoring is a mandated function of each Michigan intermediate school district. The monitoring focuses on a dual system of compliance and continuous improvement activities. The Continuous Improvement & Monitoring System-2 (CIMS-2) is the revised system used to analyze and interpret data and to ensure compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) of 2004 and the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education. This process is based on priorities established in the IDEA 2004 and the State Performance Plan (SPP). The CIMS-2 process is implemented through an electronic workbook. For more information go to: http://cims.cenmi.org/Home.aspx .
Investigating formal complaints brought against local school districts and public school academies is another mandated function of intermediate school districts. Wayne RESA in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Education must conduct its investigation, including a written and fully documented final report, within 60 calendar days.
Wayne RESA maintains data and documents related to the professional credentials of providers of special education programs and services employed by Wayne County school districts. This database of qualified staff is submitted electronically to MDE as part of the December 1 Count.