I was just googling on a lovely Sunday morning and came upon this 2004 article I wrote…. Perhaps you have not read it. Here it is! Even back then in 2004, we were seeing games going on in some states with graduation tests… and how they choose to get students ‘through.’ These tests were designed to make diplomas meaningful again. Yet, some policies invalidate testing and will not tell us if students actually can read and write and do math at high school levels. Again, let us ask: with these policies, are we doing the right thing for kids and for our country? I have my doubts. And you? Would love to hear!
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.