• ‘Performance grouping’ is back! That’s a good thing!

    There seems to be growing support for ' ability' grouping. I'd much rather it be called 'performance grouping.' How is the child performing now! What are the next steps for that child based on current performance (not some notion of ability or potential). This practice--whatever we call it-- is resurging.  As a former teacher and parent, I believe we should be doing more --rather than less--of this. Thus, I was happy to see these articles in the NY Tiimes. I'd call it 'performance [...]
  • Choice Media on the AASA reform special ed’s dispute resolution system

    For those who like to hear the issues, here's audio! Enjoy!   http://choicemedia.tv/2013/06/10/reforms-proposed-for-special-ed-conflicts/
  • Join us!

    I''l be speaking at LegalForce Book Flip this Wednesday, June 12 at 6 PM. The topic will be Special Education Law---An Introduction to the Basics. It should be lively and fun. Here's the sign up. http://legalforce42.eventbrite.com/    
  • EdSource discussion of the AASA report on reforming special ed due process–and SpedEx

    As loyal readers know, the AASA (American Association of School Administrators) recently wrote a report on reforming special education due process.   I believe they did a great public services in doing so--bringing this issue forward.  It's generated some controversy and discussion. It's been amazing to see the AASA cite our Massachusetts dispute resolution option--based on a jointly selected consultant--SpedEx, as a model going forward!   We in Massachusetts have had success with SpedEx [...]
  • AASA post by Exec. Dir. Dan Domenech …. on SpedEx

  • Education Week: the AASA special ed proposal and our Massachusetts SpedEx!

    Go Massachusetts!  It's great to see that our innovative reform, SpedEx, has gone national! http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/05/08/30iep.h32.html SpedEx is an alternate dispute resolution model for parents and schools. It provides them with a jointly selected consultant who will assist them in resolving their dispute about the child's IEP (Individualized Education Program). SpedEx is child focused, trust-building, free-to-the-parties, and so far, a successful innovation! Please read [...]
  • Special Education lawsuit against California Department of Education proceeds…..

    If you read down to the bottom, you'll see me quoted about SpedEx andthe fact that no one is happy with the current system. This is a lawsuit to watch. http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_23161202/special-education-california-parents-lawsuit-could-force-expansion
  • SpedEx at CADRE–Here’s the video

    In October 2011, CADRE sponsored it's 5th National Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Special Education. I was invited to present about SpeEx.  Since SpedEx has become so timely and national (see my last few blogs), I am happy to provide my material and this video. Enjoy! http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/freedmanvid.cfm In the intervening years, SpedEx has continued to be successful and grow (though it is still a pilot program) in Massachusetts.  For those of us who have been [...]
  • Education Week highlights SpedEx–our Massachusetts reform–in discussing that AASA report!

    http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/speced/2013/04/school_leader_group_proposes_c.html?print=1 I hope you have a chance to read this blog in Education Week. It summarizes the American Association of School Administrators recommendations to fix special education due process.  The AASA recommends four dispute resolution processes, including a consultancy model--and the end of due process hearings. Amazingly, Ed Week reports that the AASA cites our Massachusetts reform effort--SpedEx--as its [...]
  • More thoughts on that AASA report–Rethinking Special Education Due Process

    In the long saga of education reform, with all its talk, writing, and action, special education has been largely absent. It stayed on the back burner. Reformers seemed afraid to touch it. Until now. The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) just issued an important, ground breaking, and controversial report, Rethinking Special Education Due Process.  http://www.aasa.org/headlinecontent.aspx?id=27966&showcontent=1 The AASA, the national organization of general and [...]