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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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

NCLB Waivers Granted To More States, Including New York

U.S. Department of Education
Office of Communications & Outreach, Press Office   
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 28, 2011

CONTACT:
Press Office, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov


Obama Administration Approves Eight More States for NCLB Waivers

19 States Approved So Far; 17 States and Washington, D.C., Currently Under Review; Other States Can Still Apply

The Obama administration approved eight additional states for flexibility from key provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership. Today’s announcement brings the number of states with waivers to 19. Eighteen additional applications are still under review.

At an event in Hartford, Connecticut, with Gov. Dannel Malloy, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro and a host of local, state and federal officials, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced waivers for Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island.

“These eight additional states are getting more flexibility with federal funds and relief from NCLB’s one-size-fits-all federal mandates in order to develop locally-tailored solutions to meet their unique educational challenges,” Duncan said.

Duncan pointed out that many of the new state-created accountability systems capture more students at risk, including low-income students, students with disabilities, and English learners, adding, “States must show they are protecting children in order to get flexibility. These states met that bar.”

Connecticut’s plan, for example, raises the number of schools accountable for the performance of students with disabilities from 276 to 683; free and reduced-price lunch students from 757 to 928; African American students from 280 to 414; Hispanic students from 356 to 548; and English learners from 97 to 209. States previously granted waivers include Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Tennessee.


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Friday, May 11, 2012

Justice Center For The Protection Of People With Special Needs

Governor Cuomo, following up on the creation of the new NY Reform Commission, which seemed heavily focused on the general education side of education, has announced a new special education focused endeavor - the Justice Center For The Protection Of People With Special Needs.  The scope of the project, as described in the below link, will encompass the investigation of abuse and neglect in state-run institutions such as residential programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. 

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Guarding-the-disabled-3541263.php

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. 

http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/4302012EducationReformCommission

http://www.educators4excellence.org/news/2012-04-cuomo-forms-panel-to-make-action-plan-for-education

Controversial Article About Special Education Reform

The Atlantic published a controversial article about special education reform which is creating a stir in the special education community.  I will respond with my own thoughts at a later time.  In the meantime, what do others think?

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/04/4-common-sense-proposals-for-special-education-reform/256435/

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Upcoming Informational Session

Below please find details about an upcoming informational session presented by educational consultant Sarah Birnbaum:

What's the next step after CPSE? Is the mainstream the right setting for my child? If not, what kind of elementary program is the right one? What happens at the Turning 5 meeting, and what are my rights and options? How can I best advocate for my child?

Here is a chance to learn how to answer those questions and get a jump on this stressful process. As always, the presentation will be free of charge.

Kindergarten: The Great Beyond; Or, "You Mean I'm Not Done Yet?"
Date: Thursday, May 24, 6:00-8:00pm
Location: Bankstreet College of Education
610 West 112th Street, main floor auditorium
RSVP: