Tuesday, February 28, 2012

School Reverses Policy

Central Michigan University is changing its policy and will let a deaf student graduate. The school has gotten criticism from around the country for putting a requirement on Kelly Laatsch that you won't find in other elementary education programs. School officials had insisted that she do her student teaching without access to an interpreter. This afternoon, Laatsch told local media that Central informed her that it is changing its policy and will let her have an interpreter for the rest of her time as a student teacher. She is thanking everyone for their support. Since this is her last requirement before graduation, Laatsch will likely walk during graduation ceremonies in May. The University released this statement:
"Central Michigan University remains focused on the success of its students and continues to work with Ms. Laatsch toward her goal of becoming a teacher. CMU has been in communication with Ms. Laatsch related to this matter in hopes of reaching a mutually satisfactory outcome."