I was just reading about this! How amazing– a state law that actually encourages schools to develop programs to improve student outcomes–and to obtain waivers from policies that would get in the way of innovation! Wow. It’s about time! Schools that are drowning in paperwork have a reprieve when they design effective programs for student learning.

That is exactly what we need in special education.
(Colorado’s Innovation Schools Act)

For example, Procedures Lite, a Massachusetts program, should be expanded to schools nationwide! For information about Procedures Lite, please visit (Special Education Day)

Maybe there is hope. Let’s hope.

About Miriam

Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, JD, MA—an expert in public education, focused on special education law— is a lawyer, author, speaker, consultant, and reformer. For more than 35 years, Miriam worked with educators, parents, policy makers, and citizens to translate complex legalese into plain English and focus on good practices for children. Now, she focuses her passion on reforming special education, with her new book, Special Education 2.0—Breaking Taboos to Build a NEW Education Law. Presentations include those at the AASA Conference, Orange County (CA), Boston College (MA), CADRE (OR), and the Fordham Institute (DC). Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Education Week, Education Next, Hoover Digest, The University of Chicago Law Review on line, DianeRavitch.net, and The Atlantic Monthly on line.

3 Responses to “Innovation Schools Act of 2008 in Colorado”

  1. Dan Callahan

    Procedures Lite sounds phenomenal! I'm a Special Ed teacher who's moving to Massachusetts this coming year. Are all districts a part of Procedures Lite, or, since it's a pilot, is it only a few districts right now? Being freed from the burdens of paperwork would actually free more time for me to focus on my students!

  2. Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, M.A., J.D.

    Hello Dan,

    Welcome to Massachusetts! We need good teachers!

    Procedures Lite it being used in some districts–not statewide. It's still a pilot. The goal is exaclty what you write–freeing teachers to teach!

    Good luck with your move.



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