Some advocates of Procedures Lite had tried to convince the public that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sanctioned its use (see my earlier blog post – “Procedures Lite = Rights Lite” – for more background information). I could find no evidence on the state’s web site sanctioning such use. On Friday, the state’s Director of Special Education, Marcia Mittnacht, hopefully put the final nail in the Procedures Lite coffin when she posted the following on the DESE web site: “[W]e have directed districts that have implemented the practice to discontinue it.” Her complete Procedures Lite statement is now online. Thank you to Dan Perlman from Massachusetts Advocates for Children for bringing this update to my attention.
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