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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Monday, April 6, 2020

Stimulus Bill Threatens To Alter The Rights Of Special Needs Children

The stimulus bill provision that was reported by COPAA to have been withdrawn as per our 3/23 blog post found its way back into the bill.  The provision threatens to alter the rights of special needs children and parents during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

You may have seen the 4/4 NY Times article summarizing the issue and what's at stake.  I am enclosing a link to the NY Times article here

The passage of the new federal law with this problematic provision could result in U.S. Secretary Betsy DeVos waiving special education rules (particularly those under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) as school districts struggle to educate children during the ongoing crisis. 

Secretary DeVos has 30 days from the law's passage to ask Congress for the authority for waivers from the IDEA. 

We are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide further updates soon.