The Michigan School for the deaf once taught and housed more than 500 students in its peak. Now due to mainstreaming, less than 100 students attend. This represents only 3% of the states deaf students and the institution is struggling for survival. They have consolidated, selling many of their buildings. The school and the deaf community are trying to change school of choice regulations and control their own destiny. They'd like deaf students to have the choice to attend rather than their districts wanting to keep their state stipend and them at home.