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, May 16, 2011

New York Has A New Education Commissioner

The Gotham Gazette reports that the Board of Regents has named Deputy Commissioner John King to replace David Steiner as the Commissioner of the New York State Education Department.  Mr. King's childhood was one marked by turmoil as he lost both of his parents before reaching his teenage years and was later expelled from school for bad behavior, but he turned things around and completed degrees at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia.  He holds a law degree and a doctorate in education.  Both of his parents were educators.  Professionally, he has been active in the charter school movement, the bid for Race to the Top funds, and efforts to make testing more rigorous.  Also interesting to note: when he was named Commissioner, he had his own salary reduced from $255,000 to $212,500 in light of New York's fiscal problems. 

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