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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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg Takes Issue With Special Education Students In Special Ed Private Schools

When he recently met with state legislators, Mayor Bloomberg presented a statistic in an attempt to reduce spending on children with special needs - that NYC spends $100 million for 4,000 students with special needs to attend private schools when the public schools are incapable of addressing their needs.  Bloomberg proposes that these students should be required to try the public schools before going to private school and pursuing legal action.  Well, the U.S. Supreme Court does not agree with him.  In a recent decision, the Supreme Court concluded that a student with special education needs does not have to have been enrolled in public school in order to enroll in a special education private school and obtain funding for the cost of the program.  Bloomberg went further, saying "We can provide services to those students at a fraction of that cost."  But he neglects the part about these services having to be appropriate to meet the students needs and if it truly were the case that the public school could meet the needs of the children who are currently in special education private schools, we wouldn't be where we are.  Bloomberg needs to spend the money on reforming the public school system first.  Then let him come back and make this argument.