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, January 17, 2011

United States vs. Nobel Learning Communities, Inc.

On Friday, the United States Department of Justice announced a settlement agreement in a pending lawsuit based on the Americans with Disabilities Act against Nobel Learning Communities, Inc., a private for-profit organization that runs a group of preschools, elementary schools, and secondary schools around the country (although not in NY).  The allegations were basically that this organization excluded children with disabilities from their learning programs.  Private schools are not immune from the responsibility of providing equal access to education free of discrimination and the settlement reached here is an aknowledgment of that obligation.  As a result, Nobel Learning Communities has agreed to pay $215,000 to the affected children (which really doesn't seem like a whole lot of money); implement a formal policy to conduct its programs in a non-discriminatory way; establish a means of considering parents' requests for reasonable modifcations to the program to address a child's disabilities; as well as other tasks of spreading awareness and monitoring compliance.  These provisions are somewhat airy but it's a step in the right direction and the DOJ will keep a close eye on the situation, as the company is required to track and report its progress over the next couple of years.