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DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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Letters from page 5

F. Kevin Browett

Chief Operating Officer

been gone since former Gov. John Engler
stripped the State Board of Education of
its elected authority over special educa-
tion and gave non-elected, autocratic
authority to our state superintendent.
Fast forward to the revisions released
on Feb. 13 and the MDE is proposing the
following (partial list of revisions):
• Local control for school districts
and Intermediate School Districts (ISDs)
to determine special education staffing
annually. This will increase special edu-
cation teacher caseloads and paraprofes-
sional assignments to an unsustainable
level and at the expense of the students'
learning.
• Removing parents' procedural safe-
guards through a complex maze of chang-
es to how students are evaluated and
determined eligible for special education.
• Removing all transparency from
the ISDs "Alternate Plans" that override
our special ed rules and create inequity
of educational conditions for students
with specialized learning needs and their
teachers across 57-ISDs.
• To be eligible under an Autism
Spectrum Disorder a student will have to
have "marked impairment in the use of
multiple nonverbal behaviors including
eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body
postures, and gestures to regulate social
interaction:'
The motivation is that Gov. Rick Snyder
promised when he took office he would
eliminate all "state rules" that exceed the
minimum required by federal laws.
The majority of students with disabili-
ties can become taxpaying adults and
contributing citizens. Use your voice,
pen, a postage stamp and attend a public
hearing. Say no to the MDE balancing
school districts' budgets on the backs of
students with disabilities.

Iran Maintains Capacity
To Make Bomb Material
This is in response to the letter "ZOA
Misrepresents Iran Negotiations" (Feb. 20,
page 6)
The first point that the author made
is that Iran would halt production of 20
percent enriched uranium, turning it
into oxide and thus, making it inoper-
able. That is a misstatement. The truth is
the oxide is completely reversible, which
means that it can reactivate at any time.
In addition, Iran retains its 3.5 percent
uranium which can be enriched to 20 per-
cent in less than a month.
Besides that, he mentions that Iran
has agreed not to install any more centri-
fuges. As of now, they have 19,000 centri-
fuges, including 3,000 second-generation
machines which are capable of producing
and enriching uranium at five times the
rate. In addition, Iran has been building
centrifuges until the last minute of nego-
tiations. How many more do they need?
According to commentator Charles
Krauthammer, "There is nothing in
the agreement that stops the Iranians
from producing more uranium or from
producing the machines that enrich the
uranium:'
Arak is a city in Iran that has a heavy
water reactor. It produces plutonium,
another path to produce a nuclear weap-
on. The Iranians are not destroying it,
merely inactivating it.
According to Reuters: "'They do not
need a heavy-water reactor at Arak in
order to have a peaceful nuclear program:
Wendy Sherman, the U.S. Undersecretary
of State for Political Affairs, told lawmak-
ers in Washington ..:'
Therefore, I do not believe that Mort
Klein is as uninformed as the author of
the letter implies.

Marcie Lipsitt
Michigan Alliance for Special Education
Franklin

Dr. Edward Goldberg
West Bloomfield

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QUICK CLICK ... Vignettes From The JN Archives

Adam Mosseri
Detroit Jewish News
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Have you heard about the Perfection
Mosaic Lodge No. 530, F. & A. M.? On
Aug. 18, 1989, in the Detroit Jewish
News, Danny Raskin reported in his
column "Listening Post" that two iconic
Michigan lodges, the Perfection and the
Mosaic, would merge.
Perfection Lodge 486, a pre-

dominantly Jewish organization, first
appeared in the Jewish News in 1942 in
an article on the Lodge's past master

Irving Blumberg, declaring him to be
an inspirational community leader.
Mosaic Lodge 530 of the Masonic
Order first appeared in the Detroit
Jewish News in 1945. The topic of dis-
cussion was Women's Club activities
and how the Ladies of Mosaic Lodge
and the men's order held a dinner
meeting. These two fraternal lodges'
merger was considered the "perfect
marriage:'

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