New Mission

New Mission

My mission is to explore how other countries around the world are dealing with education and special education issues.

I would like to visit and observe different types of schools that have proven records of success, wherever those schools may be. I would like to meet with school directors and administrators, government officials, leaders in the business world, and others who are responsible for implementing education systems or otherwise connected to education to learn more about how education is being addressed in their communities.

If you know of any remarkable schools in other parts of the world (especially special needs schools), please let me know about them. If you know of any education experts who are engaged in remarkable work in this field, please introduce me to them.

Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts or ideas regarding the above. Read more about my mission here.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

More Layoffs At Department Of Education

Mayor Bloomberg announced more layoffs at the NYCDOE in response to the city's $3.3 billion budget deficit.  It is not yet clear who specifically will be laid off -- teachers, administrators, principals?  In any event, it is not good news for the many many people relying on the DOE to educate their children.  The DOE is understaffed as it is and they already don't pick up their phones.  They've already cut special education services in the public schools and they lack enough related service providers to work with the students who demand these services.  The DOE is giving parents hell at IEP meetings even where the need for services is pressing.  Bloomberg says we're going to have to "do more with less" but how deep can you cut in an agency that is already bleeding.