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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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.