Nathan Levenson, Managing Director, District and Community Partners. www.dmcouncil.org.
Fixing Special Education is far reaching, yet practical. The analysis convincingly challenges conventional practice and lays out a road for reform. It is the intersection of out of the box thinking and a life time of in the trenches experience.
Fordham Institution’s Education Gadfly review in the “recommended reading section
This little flipbook takes a critical look at special education in America and offers twelve suggestions to improve it. The author argues forcefully that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is no longer adequate (though it has played an important role heretofore) and that special ed itself needs an overhaul. She contends that IDEA has become too inclusive, now covering many children for whom it wasn’t meant and who don’t necessarily need special education. (Just 30 percent of kids currently covered by IDEA are estimated to have severe disabilities.) Moreover, today’s special ed regime serves to hold capable kids to lower standards, costs a lot of money, and encourages schools to give extra attention only to kids with diagnosed disabilities, which can mean less attention for others. Besides all that, the bureaucracy that has sprung up around IDEA has become overwhelming, as has the litigation, which further serves to pit parents against schools. Powerful stuff, and available for purchase here.
California grandmother: “If anyone asks you about this book, I can recommend it. My children used it as a powerful tool in helping them get their first California grandmother, “If any parents want to know about this book and whether it is helpful, I can personally IEP for their child.”
“Miriam, many thanks for the IEP Team Meetings book. The layout, the simplicity, and the explanations were all great! Your book helped us achieve a better IEP for our daughter.”
Massachusetts special education director: “I attended your seminar yesterday and got this book. I have to tell you, I am LOVING your little orange book. I read it last night. I cannot fully express what a find it is for me. I want to buy it for my entire staff and all the administrators. It is informative, it cuts to the chase, and it’s entertaining!!! Who would ever think a book about special education law could be funny! Really, I was talking about it all day today at another conference I went to! I really do want to order more than 35 of your little orange books. I ‘d like to keep some on my shelf for parents too!”
Virginia Department of Education:
“I found your book (Grades, Report Cards, etc…and the Law) lying on a co-worker’s desk and thought I’d glance at it. Well, I couldn’t put it down! It’s a wonderful, straightforward guide. How do I get a copy?”
-May 2005, Virginia Department of Education.
Tennessee school district.
“I am ordering more books. The book is wonderful.”
– Tennessee school district