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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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Cuomo's New Commission

Governor's NY Education Reform Commission:
Education advisor out.  Citibank corporate bigwig in. 

Nothing on special education other than a brief reference to "approaches to improving special education programs and outcomes while also reducing costs."

What's this "blueprint" going to look like? 

"An action plan to make this state's education system the best on the globe" - Great let's do it!

"How do you make excellence systemic reality across the board, as opposed to the exception?" - Excellent question

Frightening statistics feed of the day -
  • NYS spends more money per student than any other state in the nation
  • NYS but ranks 38th in high school graduation rates
  • 73% of NY's students graduate from high school but only 37% are college ready
I am pleased to see Chancellor Goldstein on the commission.  He is a visionary with a proven track record for education reform.