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, June 13, 2011

Special Education Mandate Relief Proposals

The Board of Regents, recognizing that local school districts are in financial straits and seeking to reduce their financial burden, has proposed changes to New York State law that would narrow parental rights in the special education process and decrease school district's legal obligations to parents.  On May 16, 2011 the Regents indicated its support for the NYS Education Department to seek public comment on various proposals in anticipation of either proposing statutory changes or adopting new regulations.  Three public hearings have been scheduled to allow an opportunity for public comment, as follows:

New York City - June 28, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
Rochester - June 28, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
Albany - June 29, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.  

For more information about these public hearings visit

Details of these proposed changes will be discussed in the next blog post.