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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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.