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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Friday, April 6, 2012

SRO 12-002

SRO Appeal No. 12-002 concerns a child with Down's syndrome who was placed at an independent private school as a result of the school district's failure to provide an appropriate program.  The private school did not employ its own related services providers, instead, relying on the district to provide services to those kids whose IEP's recommended it.  The State attempts to clarify the district's obligation to provide services to a private school student, but after a discussion about the history behind N.Y.'s "dual enrollment" statute, and the proportional funding provisions of the IDEA, the answer was still unclear.

* Note: The school district accused the IHO of incompetence but the SRO declined to find it.