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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.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Public Hearing #2 On Proposed Amendments To Commissioner’s Regulations Today At 10AM

Our May 18 blog post addressed the first of two public hearings on the proposed amendments to Sections 200.1 and 200.5 of the Commissioner’s regulations relating to special education Impartial Hearing Officers (IHOs) and the special education due process system procedures.  

Public Hearing #2 will occur this morning at 10:00.  Here is the relevant information for anyone who would like to join: 

Public Hearing on the Proposed Amendments to Sections 200.1 and 200.5 of the Commissioner’s Regulations Relating to Special Education Impartial Hearing Officers and the Special Education Due Process System Procedures

  • This communication is to inform you that the public hearing scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on June 11, 2020 on the proposed amendments to sections 200.1 and 200.5 of the Commissioner’s Regulations relating to Special Education Impartial Hearing Officers and the Special Education Due Process System Procedures (see Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, I.D. No. EDU-11-20-00013-P, published in the ­March 18, 2020 State Register) will be held via Webex

  • The June 11, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. meeting can be accessed by Webex with the Meeting number (access code): 804 135 862 Meeting password: 29AYbBVwkA2 or by phone at 1-844-633-8697 (US Toll Free) or 1-518-549-0500 (Local) with the access code 804 135 862.

  • The purpose of this hearing is to obtain public comment on the proposed regulations relating to special education due process and impartial hearing officer qualifications in the New York City special education due process system that were discussed at January 2020 and March 2020 Board of Regents meetings. The hearing is not a training or question and answer session.

  • Data, views or arguments may be submitted until June 16, 2020 to: Christopher Suriano, Office of Special Education, NYS Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, 301M EB, Albany, NY 12234, (518) 473-4818, email:

  • Questions may be directed to the Office of Special Education at 518-473-2878 or