« States' Suspension Rates Vary Widely for Students With Disabilities, Group Says | Main | Online Crowdsourcing a Potential Tool for Speech Therapy Research »

Michigan Special Education Administrator Driven by Student Improvement

If you read Education Week or follow @educationweek on Twitter (and I encourage you to do both!) you have probably seen the rollout of our 2015 Leaders to Learn From special report this week. We've profiled 16 innovative administrators around the country who have implemented great ideas to improve their school districts. 

I had the pleasure of writing about Kathy Fortino, who helped steer the struggling Muskegon Heights, Mich. school district to more stability for its students with disabilities. The district was taken over by a charter company in 2012, one of the first in the nation to undergo that radical method of school reform. Two years later the charter company ended its contract, and Muskegon Heights, which now has about about 900 students, became a self-managed charter. The district is still facing challenges, but with the help of Fortino and other administrators, is slowing righting the ship. 

I encourage you to read Fortino's story (as well as the articles about the other 15 administrators in this year's Leaders "class.") Also, enjoy this video that offers a hint of her personality and working style: 

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Follow This Blog


Most Viewed on Education Week



Recent Comments

  • sdc teach: I agree with the previous post regarding the high cost read more
  • Jason: That alert is from 2001. Is there anything more recent read more
  • Vikki Mahaffy: I worked as a special education teacher for 18 years read more
  • paulina rickards: As it relates to this research I am in total read more
  • Anonymous: Fully fund the RTI process. We are providing special education read more