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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Friday, May 22, 2020

Comptroller Will Require DOE To Secure Authority Before Starting Settlement Negotiations

The NYC Comptroller's Office will now require the Department of Education (DOE) to obtain comptroller approval for the terms of a settlement before starting settlement negotiations with parents' counsel.  

Previously, the DOE's practice was to negotiate, reach an agreement, and then seek approval from the comptroller for the agreed-upon terms.  This was problematic, however, for a number of reasons and caused significant delays in the legal process.  Some of these reasons are detailed in an April 29, 2020 letter from the Comptroller's office to the DOE Chancellor, accessible here.

As noted in the letter, city agencies, and even the DOE itself in certain types of negotiations, are already following this practice of securing comptroller approval in advance.  

We welcome this change and are optimistic, based on past experience, that this will result in efficiencies in the process of negotiating, settling, and paying parents' claims.