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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Monday, June 25, 2012

Charter Schools & Special Needs Students

As the influence of charter schools continues to grow, there is greater scrutiny about the extent to which they accept and accommodate children with special needs.  The word on the street is that charter schools who do accept children with learning disabilities, commonly "counsel them out."  This way, their acceptance numbers of such students are higher but their test scores and graduation rates are not lower.  I haven't personally undertaken an empirical study on the issue, but the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has:

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-543