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

Proposed Amendments To The Regulations Relating To Impartial Hearings

As was indicated in a previous post, the state has come down hard on hearing officers and the manner in which impartial hearings have been conducted.  As part of this firestorm, the state education department has proposed amendments to the regulations relating to special education impartial hearings to address issues of noncompliance.  The areas of focus are: certification and appointment of IHO's; consolidation of multiple due process requests for the same student; pre-hearing conferences; withdrawals of due process requests; and the timeline for rendering a decision.  The proposed effective date is May 16, 2012.  

For a more comprehensive summary, check out:
http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2012Meetings/January2012/112p12d3.pdf