• Public schools need to tell a positive (not defensive) story. Public is better!

    I attended the AASA (American Association of School Administrators) Conference in New Orleans this week. Alas, it was right after Mardi Gras! Fun city! That the annual conference of superintendents of schools. I believe there were about 2000 attendees. Why was I invited? After all, I’m a lawyer, not a superintendent. I was invited to speak about my new book, Special Education 2.0—Breaking Taboos to Build a NEW Education Law. My session went well (more on that later). This [...]
  • The New York Times, “Have We Lost Sight of the Promise of Public Education?” and my old writing….

    I just read the New York Times piece, “Have we Lost Sight of the Promise of Public Education.” AND, it made me realize that it’s time to bring out my piece years ago, “One Radical Idea to Fix Public Schools.” It appeared in many TABs in the Boston area and again in Education News in 2011. How so? First, the Times piece that has garnered much response, been picked up by Diane Ravitch’s Blog—and here! The piece argues that the Betsy Devos confirmation and push for vouchers and what’s [...]
  • Amazon now carries Special Education 2.0!

    I am thrilled to report that the book is now for sale.  It was published yesterday and is already on Amazon.  I just ordered my very own copy which should arrive by Saturday. Please visit Amazon.com, buy the book, Special Education 2.0--Breaking Taboos to Build a NEW Education Law. If you like what you see, please write a review at Amazon.  That will help us get on the path of systemic reform for all students.
  • Sneak previews of the front and back covers.

    Dear readers, friends and colleagues,  I’m very excited to let you know that…. my newest book, Special Education 2.0—Breaking Taboos to Build a NEW Education Law, will be published on February 22. Stay tuned for more information. The book will be available on Amazon (including Kindle), ed311.com,  and on my website, schoollawpro.com. Thanks for your continuing interest and support for reforming education--especially special education.   Here's the book's front cover! ....and [...]
  • Just in time! Now that special education and the IDEA on the front pages, here’s my new book!

    Amazing!  Recently, special education has been on the front pages.... given Betsy DeVos confusion about the IDEA-- the special education law, http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/speced/2017/01/betsy_devos_faces_sharp_questi.html Timing is everything!  Now, it's time for my book -- a call for a national conversation for a major fix of our broken special education system! My new book, Special Education 2.0--Breaking Taboos to Build a NEW Education Law  will be published on February 22, [...]
  • All means all

    I read with great interest (and some concern) the February 4, 2017 The New York Times op-ed by Maggie Hassan, a Democratic senator from New Hampshire, explaining why she won’t vote for Betsy DeVos. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/03/opinion/why-i-wont-vote-for-betsy-devos.html The op-ed starts off well, echoing deep beliefs I share—that public schools are vital for our nation; a necessary foundation for our democracy; a reverence for schools should be held by public officials. Focusing [...]
  • Nominee Judge Gorsuch and the special education case at the Supreme Court

    HMMM. This might be interesting. Maybe you wondered about this, as did I. As you know, President Trump has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/us/politics/supreme-court-nominee-trump.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=span-ab-top-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0 The nomination fight begins. But this post is not about that. Meanwhile, back at the special education [...]
  • What do I think of Betsy DeVos?

    As someone who has benefitted from and worked in public education all my life--as a teacher, hearing officer, lawyer, author, student, and parent--and is currently working to transform special education by creating a new law, I am asked this question a lot.   I don't know much about her and look forward to learning more. What I know that she has worked as a philanthropist, favoring parental choice through vouchers and charter schools. HMMM. For me the interesting question is, How did we [...]
  • Briefly noted–the GAO report on special ed’s paperwork burdens.

    QUICK  RESPONSE TO GAO REPORT ABOUT SPECIAL EDUCATION’S ADMINISTRATIVE AND COMPLIANCE BURDENS February 19, 2016   Well, what do you know! In January 2016, the GAO issued a report about the special education administrative burdens imposed by federal, state and local governments, “SPECIAL EDUCATION—State and Local Imposed  Requirements Complicate Federal Efforts to Reduce Administrative Burdens.”  The GAO studied federal and state/local paperwork and compliance requirements that [...]
  • FAPE in a Dear Colleague Letter. Read my new blog on the AASA website!

    Administrators in public schools are well aware of the fact that the Department of Education issues "Dear Colleague" letters on many issues from time to time. While these letters don't have the force of law, they often create controversy and confusion. One of these, the November 16  Letter about a free appropriate public education, is discussed below.   http://www.aasa.org/aasablog.aspx?id=38814&blogid=286 6, “   November 16, 2015; Dear colleague” Letter by the US [...]