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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Monday, November 8, 2010

Parentally Placed Continued

School districts continue to push "parentally placed" on parents.  One CSE told a parent that the only way she could get tutoring (SETSS) for her child is if she admits that her child is parentally placed at his current school, meaning that she is paying his tuition, does not need the committee to recommend a program, and will not be filing a claim against the city.  The parent insisted and insisted that she wanted a full IEP with a formal program recommendation to help her determine what might be appropriate for her son, but the committee said they have to make sure she is not going to come back and sue them and said it is simply not possible unless she goes along with "parentally placed."  The parent refused to give in and left the meeting somewhat confused.  A few days later she received a copy of her son's IEP with a formal program recommendation including the tutoring services she was looking for.  Those things they told her at that meeting were just a scare tactic.