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 13, 2020

Take Action Against Stimulus Bill That Threatens To Alter The Rights Of Special Needs Children

In our April 6 blog post we wrote about the stimulus bill (CARES Act) provision that threatens to alter the rights of special needs children and parents during the pandemic.

Some areas that could be affected if waivers are granted pursuant to this provision include a school district's "child find" obligation, procedural timelines, what constitutes a valid IEP meeting, a child's right to a timely IEP meeting and impartial hearing, and compensatory education for this period.

We are writing to emphasize the importance of taking action now to oppose these waivers and speak up about protecting the rights of children with special needs.

You can take action by contacting Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as your representative in the House of Representatives, to tell them to protect the civil rights of children with disabilities.

Your message should state the following:
  1. No waivers are needed to IDEA (as IDEA already contains significant flexibility)
  2. Congress needs to provide additional funding to states so that they can meet the needs of students with disabilities during this pandemic.
For your reference, I am including a message from the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) here. You can use similar language in your email or write your own.



Below are links for you to follow to contact the appropriate individuals:
Ask your relatives, friends, and colleagues to contact Congress as well to maximize the impact of our efforts to protect the rights of children with special needs.