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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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Compton Unified School District v. Addison: Update

I read an article yesterday discussing the U.S. Supreme Court declination to hear the case of Compton Unified School District v. Addison.  Some of you may remember a previous blog post about this case.  It is a case that I discuss when presenting to an audience about the special education process in order to illustrate the IDEA's child find requirement.  That is, a school district has an obligation to identify students who may be in need of special education.  A school district should be responsible where it is in a position to notice obvious signs of a child struggling, even if a parent is not knowledgeable enough to reach out to the appropriate channels.  The facts of the case are somewhat appalling.  The school district passively stood by while the child was struggling in a very serious way.  The ultimate question in the case was whether school districts should be liable if they fail to identify a child's special needs.  The answer in this case was "yes."  So held the administrative law judge and the 9th circuit, and the Supreme Court is not going to upset that determination.