• Just got back from NAGB 20th Anniversary Conference. www.nagb.org

    Dear friends of education,I just got back from Washington DC, where I had the opportunity to participate on a panel at the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) 20th Anniversary Conference. Check it out at www.nagb.org. The conference dealt with the nation's test, often called The Nation's Report Card, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).Once on the site, www.nagb.org, go to "The Governing Board Commemorates 20 Years." There, you can click on "Conference Papers" [...]
  • Excellent new report from the PPIC–www.ppic.org

    I just read Stephen Lipscomb's new report (January 2009), "Students with Disabilities and California's Special Education Program," found it very useful, and wanted to share it with you. Research support was provided by Karina Jaquet.The report discusses both programming and funding for special education in California. One thing I really like about it is that the report clearly separates out the (a) costs for special education from the (b) costs of educating students with disabilities--as [...]
  • Legal Digest now carries my little books of laws!

    Friends and colleagues--I thought you'd like to know that my little books of laws--Grades, Report Cards, Etc...and the Law, andIEP and Section 504 Team Meetings... and the Laware now also available through the Legal Digest. Check it out! www.legaldigest.com.You might find other books and products of interest to you. Of course, you can also buy them directly through School Law Pro. www.schoollawpro.com
  • Hot off the press! The OBAMA Education Plan

    Great news! Hot off the press!Miriam's advice (along with 23 other experts) to President Obama is included in Education Week's new book, The OBAMA Education Plan: An Education Week Guide. Published by Jossey-Bass, http://www.josseybass.com/. More information can be obtained also at http://www.edweek.org/ and http://www.epe.org/.She's among quite a heady crowd, as experts include our new Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, Wendy Kopp, Phillip Howard, Mike Feinberg, Rick Hanushek, Andrew [...]
  • Life without Lawyers cites Miriam’s little books of laws!

    Philip K. Howard's provocative new book is thought-provoking and excellent. Life without Lawyers: Liberating Americans from Too Much Law. www.lifewithoutlawyers.com.For those of us interested in reforming education--and specifically, special education, it has great insight. Imagine my delight to see among Mr. Howard's references my little book of law about grades and report cards! Grades, Report Cards, Etc.... and the Law. Available at www.schoollawpro.com.Mr. Howard has started a [...]
  • Special Education and its Ethical Dilemmas… at Stanford

    Miriam's lunch time seminar at the Ethics at Noon seminars at Stanford this Friday--in fact, Friday the 13th!If you are around, do join us. Here's the link: http://events.stanford.edu/events/174/17455.
  • Speaker Magazine recognizes Special Education Day

    "Why do you want a holiday? First, decided what you want to accomplish. Miriam Freedman, JD, MA,[with colleagues in SPEDCO--the Special Education Day Committee] started Special Education Day to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the signing of the first fedearl special education law in 1975. Freedman writes, 'Our holiday has been a huge success. It has helped us focus our efforts and gain a community of reformers. We are now launching SpedEx, an alternate dispute resolution model, which the [...]
  • More! It’s about time!

    There's more to add to the last blog! We take inspiration from Bill Cosby, Dr. Alvin Poussaint, and, most notably, our new president, Barack Obama.These leaders tell us some truths-- that it's time for parents, as well as schools, to work to improve outcomes for children. This week's Education Gadfly picked up on the President's inaugural speech in calling for a new "Era of responsibility." www.edexcellence.net/gadfly.Our President is certainly on to something many of us have felt and known [...]
  • It’s about time!I loved hearing Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint describing their book, Come On, People—On the Path from Victims to Victors on today’s Meet the Press. They are on to something! Parents need to parent.It's about time! President- elect Barak Obama told parents the same thing--turn off TVs, be present, not MIA, and support their children’s education. Poussaint suggested a national conference on parenting. [...]
  • Following up on the last blog about advice to the new president, once you get on the site, click on "Listen to it here," and then "Hear advice."The website is: http://www.merrow.org/ed_advice.There's some good stuff on it. Altogether, 76 voices. I was happy to be included and hope that changes will be a-coming in special education!Miriam