Our president gave an honest answer. We understand that. But as long as people can walk away from the public schools, they will continue to be for other people’s children. I wrote an essay many years ago that the only way to fix our public schools is to CLOSE all the private schools! Nutty? I don’t think so. By doing that, we would force all players to the same table and I do believe that improvements would come fast. Very fast. In fact, it’s really the only way.
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.