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, September 27, 2012

Events Happening This Weekend

A few events taking place this weekend are the impetus for this brief post:

1) The release of Won't Back Down
This Hollywood film due to be released on Friday, September 28 depicts the travails of parents fed up with the bureaucracy of the public school system and teachers' unions who buck the system and plan to move toward something better.  Unlike Waiting for Superman, this film is not a documentary, but certainly is timely in light of the current education debate and appears to be sending strong waves through the parent community (if reactions from the limited advanced screenings are any indication). 

http://www.myfoxny.com/story/19541053/wont-back-down-screening-in-new-york-sparks-debate?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=7723511

2) Presidential Debate regarding Disability Issues
Although Barack and Mitt have opted out of appearing at this forum scheduled to take place on Friday, September 28, their respective camps will be represented at this debate regarding a range of disability issues in the U.S. 

For more information: http://www.nfdi.org/

3) City Hall Rally
A rally will take place on Sunday, September 30 at City Hall to fight the city's recent changes in the way that service contracts are awarded and CPSE services are provided with respect to pre-school-aged children with special needs.  As a result of the recent changes, many independent providers who have developed positive educational relationships with their students are finding that they may be out of jobs. 

For more information:

http://www.unyeip.org/announcement.html
http://www.unyeip.org/uploads/4/2/1/6/4216155/cpse_service_disruptions_press_release.doc