• Most recommended!

    How great is that. "Have SAT accommodations gone too far?" is the MOST RECOMMENDED piece in today's Education Week. It has garnered 13 comments! Thank you all. Check it out and keep reading, sharing, writing. Thanks so much. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/08/25/have-sat-accommodations-gone-too-far.html#comments The comments are fascinating. I wrote the piece because I'm concerned that we are losing the purpose of the test. Why do we have an SAT? What is the WHAT of the SAT: [...]
  • Read my Ed Week Commentary about SAT accommodations…. and validity!

    http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/08/25/have-sat-accommodations-gone-too-far.html I hope it gets us talking about validity... the WHAT before the WHO. More to come!
  • Have we gotten special education all wrong? Great article by Marc Tucker

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/have-we-got-special-education-all-wrong_us_5991daf5e4b0ed1f464c0cde I invite you to read this piece. It's excellent--and tracks several ideas and proposals in my book. Marc Tucker comes at the issue from a data perspective and international comparisons. He asks if we are really helping kids learn or just labeling them with a disability and setting up systems that, sadly, don't get the job done. He's the executive director of NCEE and a blogger at [...]
  • Fixing California’s special education funding?

    https://edsource.org/2017/parents-strongly-object-to-report-calling-for-local-funding-of-special-education/579265 Here's an interesting story--of attempts at reform. I've made a comment, as you can see. It's all become so complex--and we can't lose sight of the need to serve all students and to finally target the system that requires parents to be enforcers of the law. Your thoughts?
  • Today’s book interview has just been published on Educationviews.org.Check it out!

    http://www.educationviews.org/miriam-kurtzig-freedman-special-education-2-0/ I hope you'll have a chance to check it out. All the best, Miriam
  • Depersonalized learning? Is that what’s coming? Eek! Or is learning like processed food?

    https://edexcellence.net/articles/dont-let-personalized-learning-become-the-processed-food-of-education Here's an excellent piece by my friend, Mike Petrilli. He's right to be concerned. It's been picked up by Diane Ravitch's blog. I urge you to read both. https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/15c88039d0270b23?compose=15c87da9a56933d0 I agree with the concerns expressed by both Mike and Diane. To which I’d like to add the following. My question is about the motives we have and [...]
  • 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