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, January 20, 2011

LIFO Layoffs

"LIFO," a term generally understood in the context of accounting, is also used in the context of teacher layoffs.  This is because, under current state law, a policy of "Last In First Out" prevails:  the more senior teachers are protected from being fired and the newer teachers with the least time on the job must be fired first.  It makes no sense to have this as an absolute rule.  That would mean that even where the newer teachers are more effective than the more senior teachers, the newer/younger ones must be fired first.  It is horrifying to see the fury with which people like Randi Weingarten have stood firmly by this principle.  I understand how this policy came into being but I cannot understand how it continues to operate as an absolute.  Neither can Mayor Bloomberg, as evidenced by his announcing his intention to rectify this problem.  Kudos.