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, 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.   

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