• Check out Dr. Doug Green’s detailed and positive review.

    If you want to know more about my new book, Special Education 2.0, here is Dr. Green's very detailed review. It helps his readers decide whether they want to go out and get the book. http://www.drdouggreen.com/2017/special-education-2-0-breaking-taboos-to-build-a-new-education-law-by-miriam-kurtzig-freedman It's great to see Dr. Green's positive review. I appreciate it very much, especially as he was a school principal for many years and knows what is happening in schools and where [...]
  • More than overdue–Special Education 2.0 is now online!

    https://edexcellence.net/events/more-than-overdue-special-ed-20-a-conversation-with-miriam-kurtzig-freedman If you missed the event at Fordham Institute in Washington on May 4, it's not too late! You can now watch it on line. The event went well. Many questions and answers and still-to-be determined answers. We had a large audience--both at Fordham and streaming live. It's on Twitter at #specialed2pt0. Join the conversation! And let's hope events like this get us talking and [...]
  • Musings about the Supreme Court’s Endrew F. v. Douglas decision…

    This is the unanimous Supreme Court decision about what standard for services schools need to provide to students with disabilities under the federal law, the IDEA. Here are some of my musings..... First, many headlines about this decision seemed to highlight a “win” for students with disabilities. For example, http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/03/22/521094752/the-supreme-court-rules-in-favor-of-a-special-education-student [...]
  • I’ll be speaking in Washington on May 4 at the Fordham Institute

    It'll be a conversation between Chester Finn and myself about my book, opening the long-overdue national conversation, dreaming big, and building a new second-generation special education law. Here's the notice! https://edexcellence.net/events/more-than-overdue-special-ed-20-a-conversation-with-miriam-kurtzig-freedman?utm_source=Fordham+Updates&utm_campaign=1b180d3e70-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_04&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d9e8246adf-1b180d3e70-71520013&mc_cid=1b180d3e70&mc_eid=c3cdf53c06
  • Rebuild it, don’t tweak it! Check out my radio interview!

    https://empireradionow.com/miriam-kurtzig-freedman-4-01-17-attorney/ Let me know what you think! Help spread the word about rebuilding (not just tweaking) special education and education for all students.
  • Want to know what my new book is about? Here’s a summary!

    With the new education administration in Washington, I believe the need to rebuild special education is ever more urgent. Continuing its dysfunction helps feed the push for charters, choice, and vouchers. My new book, SPECIAL EDUCATION 2.0—Breaking Taboos to Build a NEW Education Law, breaks out of the special-education reform mold and invites us to start an honest national conversation without the many taboos that have thwarted innovation. The book is nonpartisan and [...]
  • Charter school concerns in Education Week op-ed–my take on that!

    Here's a piece that caught my attention. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/03/29/why-im-worried-about-the-future-of.html I'm especially interested in the numbers cited. After 25 years of movement, passion, and effort, we now educate some 3 million students in charter schools. Whether these schools are good or bad or great or so-so, that is around 5-6% of students. How does this "movement" ever scale to meet the needs of all students—some 50 million? As a passionate supporter [...]
  • The Supreme Court’s Endrew F. decision–more thoughts

    A few thoughts about the Supreme Court decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County, especially in light of the one-sided reporting about this case; namely, that the student “won” (and by implication, the school district lost). See, for example, http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-scotus-schools-disabled-20170322-story.html; http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/03/22/521094752/the-supreme-court-rules-in-favor-of-a-special-education-student In today's headline blare, the perspective of [...]
  • Check out today’s Joanne Jacobs blog about the Supreme Court decision!

    Jacobs reviews the Supreme Court decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County and asks what will change. It's a good and brief discussion, well worth reading! In her discussion, I was happy to see that Jacobs cites my views, including my belief that the decision seems both workable and reasonable for schools and parents alike and my hope that it'll help get us back to teaching and learning, not litigating and arguing. On that point, I would add that the Supreme Court gave deference [...]
  • Thanks to the Supreme Court, special education is on the front pages again.

    And again, as far too often in our public education system, it's all about that pendulum swing—from one extreme to another. Hopefully, the Supreme Court’s Endrew F v. Douglas County decision yesterday will bring us back to center. The case is about how much benefit or progress a school needs to provide to a child with a disability. The Supreme Court overturned the 10th circuit decision that required too little—a program that is “merely more than de minimis.” Now, the Court [...]