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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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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