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, October 24, 2011

Proposed Changes To No Child Left Behind (AKA "Elementary And Secondary Education Act (ESEA)"

The Senate education committee has approved a bill that would involve significant changes to the current version of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law.  The bill proposes loosening accountability requirements and absolving states of having to set annual, measurable goals.  Has accountability become less of a priority in striving for academic success?  No, not really.  My best guess is that people in Congress are disillusioned by the previous failure to meet the accountability standards in the last version of the law and, this time around, they're feeling a bit gun-shy.  The bill would also reduce the federal government's role in education, including consolidating a number of federal programs. 

Read more about it, including the implications for President Obama's waiver plan, by following these links:

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/10/20/09eseahearing.h31.html?tkn=VXRFkgNd3qcKcq5EFXq9%2FfjuoVS1v0lUukRR&cmp=clp-edweek

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/