• The SAT’s long, sad, & predictable slide.

    The SAT will now be all digital. It’ll be a shorter (two hours instead of three), simpler and, “perhaps easier test.” (Wall Street Journal, January 25, 2022). Its reading passages will be shorter. Calculators will be allowed for all math tests.Watching this formerly purpose-driven, standardized test become ever more compromised and irrelevant has been sad, though predictable.In the 1950’, the SAT did its job magnificently for my family. My brother and I were elementary school immigrants to [...]
  • Here’s Tuesday Tip # 3 — Get rid of those acronyms! Use PLAIN ENGLISH!

    Here’s Tuesday Tip # 3 — Get rid of those acronyms! Use PLAIN ENGLISH!Here’s the First Set’s third Tuesday Tip — taken from my book, IEP and Section 504 Team Meetings… and the Law (available on Amazon and at Corwin).Enjoy!As a teacher, administrator, or other service provider, you have a choice! Either abandon those acronyms and initialisms outside the meeting door or provide a list like this FREE one, with explanations.This was originally posted on Medium
  • Here’s Tuesday Tip # 2 — Why do we have 504 meetings? What is their purpose?

    Here’s Tuesday Tip # 2 — Why do we have 504 meetings? What is their purpose?These Tips are taken from my book, IEP and Section 504 Team Meetings… and the Law (available on Amazon and at Corwin).Enjoy! CorwinTuesday Tip #2Why do we have 504 team meetings? What is their purpose?Please see Tip #1 about the IDEA’s meetings!This was originally posted on Medium
  • Tuesday Tips!

    Hello friends and colleagues,I created Tuesday Tips in 2021 and emailed them to subscribers each Tuesday for 13 weeks through MailerLite.com. If you’d like to subscribe (it’s FREE!), please let me know at miriam@schoollawpro.com.The Tips are designed for special and general educators, administrators, parents, and others who may be interested. They are practical and provide guidance for our schools.Because they’ve been very popular — especially during these challenging COVID times, I’ll [...]
  • Social distancing — the birds sure know how!

    Are there lessons for us here? For my naked eye (I’m not an ornothologist, biologist or environmental scientist). This is what I see!Birds share. If a bird arrives and there’s no room, another bird may leave to make room.Birds take turns. Or, the bird looking to land may leave.This was originally posted on Medium
  • Build TRUST — Lessons learned during COVID for Special Educators

    Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, JD, MA12 hours ago·5 min readYears ago, when my Boston law firm hired me, Bob, the hiring partner, gave me a piece of advice: Return phone calls the same day, even if just to say that you got the call and will be in touch later.This was originally posted on Medium
  • “General education students with IEPs” — an unwise oxymoron

    A term I heard, new to me, during COVID upended my view about special education: “General education students with IEPs.” Really? Who are these students? Do you know any?Labeling students as disabled because they struggle is wrong, especially if our goal is to educate them better. Such mislabeling has even been called abusive! Mislabeled as Disabled: The Educational Abuse of Struggling Learners and How WE Can Fight It: Hettleman, Kalman R.: 9781635766394: Amazon.com: BooksInstead of plugging [...]
  • President Biden’s $220,000,000,000 “American Family Plan” should also pivot home

    Miriam Kurtzig Freedman6.4.2021Here’s my story just published in Fordham Institute’s Flypaper.Sitting on a Boston city bus, I watched a mother with a young child. For the twenty-five-minute ride, they didn’t speak a word. No “Look at that little girl on the bicycle” or “We’re having pizza for dinner!” When you’re with a young child for that long, do you talk to her?The dearth of language is where critical learning gaps begin for many poor and disadvantaged children — gaps that often don’t [...]
  • TRUST — Build trust for schools, students, and parents because trust is the coin of the realm!

    TRUST — Build trust for schools, students, and parents because trust is the coin of the realm!I believe that TRUST is necessary for excellent education — trust among players — students, teachers, parents, administrators, tax payers, and others.Excellent education means that students learn all they can to become all they can be! That is the WHY of schools; it’s where our discussion should start — with the WHY. Schools should focus on student competence every day, all the time. Yet, they [...]
  • Open the schools! And here’s why they are closed.

    How to curb the power of public employee unions (usatoday.com) Here's Philip Howard's piece about the unintended consequences of strong public employee unions.... and their power over our democracy. Scary.