New Mission

New Mission

My idea is to explore how other countries around the world are dealing with education and special education issues. I’d like to see different successful schools, wherever they may be, up close. I’d like to sit down with directors and administrators. I’d like to speak with government officials who keep a pulse on the education affairs of their communities. I want to learn more about education around the globe through speaking with locals, seeing the schools, and shaking hands with the people responsible for implementing the systems. If you know of any outstanding (public or private) special needs schools in other parts of the world, I’d love to hear about them. If you know any education experts from around the world, I’d love to be introduced to them. Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts or ideas. Read more about my mission.

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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.