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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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Cuomo Vetoes Special Education Bill

Governor Cuomo has vetoed the special education bill.  I am not surprised by the result for two reasons: (1) It was rushed through the legislature quickly which left some people surprised and others outraged; (2) It gave short shrift to the financial implications of the new law.  Cuomo's main concern was that it "constitutes an overly broad and ambiguous mandate that would result in incalculable significant additional costs to be borne by every school district and taxpayer."  He didn't seem to address the other points in the bill that were aimed at making the special education process less burdensome for parents.