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 25, 2012

Controller John Liu Blasts The DOE For Failure To Deliver Special Ed Services

An audit of the services delivered by the DOE during the 2009-2010 school year revealed that special education students were grossly underserved where they were entitled to services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, etc.  Although I am not surprised by the findings (the DOE is woefully understaffed), I am surprised that results from an audit regarding 09-10 are first being released now.  Or is that a normal amount of time for this kind of audit?  I'm not sure.  But the city was clearly neglecting to provide a big chunk of the services it was obligated to provide.  This continues to be a problem today.  Any suggestions about how we go about fixing it?

The story is available at:
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/controller-audit-city-fails-provide-individual-special-ed-services-72-306-students-2009-10-article-1.1011359?localLinksEnabled=false

A copy of the audit report is available here:
http://www.comptroller.nyc.gov/bureaus/audit/audits_2012/1-24-12_FK10-147A.shtm