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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Friday, November 5, 2010

Post-Paul Kelly Era

Now that former State Review Officer Paul Kelly is gone, Frank Munoz and Robert Bentley (the interim SRO's) have taken over for the time being, and have issued a number of decisions over the last few weeks.  The next couple of blog entries will focus on the decisions so far by Munoz.  In his first decision as an SRO (Appeal No. 10-072, September 23, 2010), SRO Munoz upheld the impartial hearing officer's decision which dismissed the parent's claim for reimbursement for private psychological testing based on the principle of res judicata (discussed more fully in the next blog entry).  In his second decision (Appeal No. 10-066, October 1, 2010), Munoz upheld the determination that the parents were entitled to reimbursement for the Rebecca School.  And in his third and most recent decision (Appeal No. 10-074, October 12, 2010), Munoz upheld the impartial hearing officer's determination that the parents were not entitled to reimbursement for the Aaron School.