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Governor Cuomo’s Department of Finance has issued an “emergency” rule finding that will not recognize the credentials of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) for insurance billing purposes, so unless your behavior analyst also has a New York license as a physician, psychologist or other licensed professional, they will no be allowed to bill insurance companies. This interpretation reflects neither the letter nor intent of the law Governor Cuomo signed with much media attention and fanfare at the end of 2011.
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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.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Attention parents and guardians of students who receive yellow bus service: Beginning Wednesday, January 16, there will be a strike by bus drivers who provide school bus services to the majority of NYC's public and non-public school students and school bus service for most or all school-age students is not operating.
This should not impact Early Intervention or pre-K bus services, but there may be some disruption to those services as well. Note: Field trips using yellow bus service are canceled. After-school programs may remain open, but no busing will be provided.
Get information about whether there is disruption on your child's route on this page which will be updated beginning at 7:00 am and throughout the day as needed.
Public Transportation OptionsMetroCards for students: If your child currently uses school bus service to get to school, your child will receive a MetroCard at school.
- Using the subway: You can use the MetroCard beginning Wednesday, January 16.
- Traveling on an MTA bus: You can use the MetroCard beginning Thursday, January 17.
- If your MetroCard does not work, please bring it back to your school so it can be replaced.
- If you have a child in third, fourth, fifth, or sixth grade, and are concerned about your child using the subway or bus alone and you do not have your own MetroCard, request a MetroCard from your child’s school. We will reimburse your fare until you receive the MetroCard. Note: these MetroCards should be available for pick up on Tuesday, January 22.
Private Transportation Options
- Note: Please coordinate transportation with neighbors and classmates whenever possible.
- If you drive your child to school during the strike, you will be reimbursed at a rate of $0.55 per mile. Here are the reimbursement forms.
- If you take your child to school in a taxi or car service, you will be reimbursed for the trip after you submit a reimbursement form along with receipts. Please note that students should be accompanied by an adult when using a taxi or car service. Here are the reimbursement forms.
- Request a New York City wheelchair-accessible taxi for trips originating in Manhattan and ending anywhere in the five boroughs, Westchester and Nassau counties.
- Get a list of Taxi and Limousine Commission licensed bases by borough and by zip code.
Student Attendance and Learning at HomeOur goal is to have minimal disruption to student learning. Students affected by the strike will be excused for up to two hours of delayed travel time. If a student is unable to make it to school due to the strike, educational materials for every grade and core subject are posted here so that students can continue learning at home.
Get answers to frequently asked questions, which will be updated as more information becomes available.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
- Genuine collaboration between teachers' unions and city officials to resolve local education issues of dispute not for political reasons but because it is in the best interest of our country to improve the state of education across the nation
- Compelling comparative research on the educational models of other countries ranking high in education, including a thorough review of why those approaches have worked in those countries and whether/how those approaches can be adapted to the U.S.
- Better oversight of the administration of preschool special education services to eliminate fraudulent activity and preserve critical dollars which would otherwise be spent on important services for children with special needs
- Assurance that early intervention providers who have been crucial for the provision of early childhood special education services are not put out of work solely because of economic considersations that would save the city money but seriously jeopardize the development of the children who are meant to benefit from those services
- Aggressive education and campaigning targeted to the issue of childhood obesity to educate children and their parents about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, overhauling school food programs (more than just a few pro forma tweaks to the menu here and there) to help children stay healthy, and increasing the role of meaningful physical activity throughout the school day
- Continued research in the area of autism to better understand the factors that contribute to the birth of a child with autism, to improve the quality of available therapies, services, and medications for those who are most severely impaired, and to move closer to finding an eventual cure if one exists