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, May 31, 2011

Special Education Class Sizes Expanding

Mayor Bloomberg's Panel for Education Policy has voted to increase the size of special education classes in NYC.  You might remember that changes were implemented back in late 2010 to modify the maximum allowable number of students in some types of classrooms (see November 26, 2010 blog post).  The rules may be amended again but it's not clear what classrooms will be affected.  The panel voted to increase special ed class sizes from 12 students to 15.  Presumably this applies to self-contained classrooms.  The extent to which this will affect elementary and middle school self-contained classrooms remains to be seen.  It is expected to affect elementary and middle school students in Integrated Co-Teaching classes but it's not clear how it will affect high school students in Integrated Co-Teaching environments.  These changes, which are an attempt to save money by requiring fewer classrooms, are likely to result in special education students receiving less individualized attention than before...which could mean increased litigation.        

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