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, May 20, 2011

Difficulty Dealing With Your School District?

Although this New York Times story discusses a special needs family in San Francisco, it will strike a chord with parents in New York going through the special education process.  The story illustrates the tension between parents and school districts resulting from school districts needing to cut costs and parents wanting the full level of services that their special needs children require.  Parents that I speak with frequently express these sentiments: "It's hard enough dealing with my child's diagnosis, but now we have the additional burden of fighting with the school district to worry about" or "It feels like the district is trying to make the process as difficult and expensive as possible to encourage parents to just give up."  You will see these sentiments reflected in this article as well.   

Read article at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/20/education/20bcspecialneeds.html?_r=1