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Parents seek more say in special education plans

Providing parents more involvement is great. With the great reception this bill received in the Education Committee, I hope it is able to continue through the legislative process without too much tugging and pulling, which often winds up diluting proposed legislation from whence it began.


Connecticut legislators are being asked to give parents more input in the way schools create education plans for students with special needs.

The legislature’s education committee voted 28-4 this month to endorse a bill giving parents more information in the early stages of creating federally mandated Individualized Education Programs (IEP).

Parents seek more say in special education plans – Courant.com.

Digital technologies must change failed public education model – Local Columns – GoErie.com/Erie Times-News

More on Technology and Public Education: I know some parents who still think their child (children) need not be acquainted with computers until they are “older.” The fear of the Internet, exposure to pornography and child predators has many parents resolved to “hold off” on allowing younger (K-12) full access to the power of the web.

I’m a parent (grandparent and great-grandparent) and I fully appreciate the concern. But waiting, in my opinion, is not the best option. I believe that early instruction is the way to go.

Some computers come with monitoring chips similar to cable television monitoring chips. I think its better to go this route and guide young children through their usage instead of an all-or-nothing approach.

That being said, this article is an excellent read on technology and education.


Only a break with the past and an embrace of the present will give us the public education system we all need and want — and our children deserve.

As local, state and national headlines remind us daily, our current model of public education is in a steep decline. Developed in response to the needs of the Industrial Revolution, it served our nation well through most of the 20th century. In recent decades, however, it has grown increasingly outmoded. Despite extraordinary reform measures, which have proved extraordinarily expensive yet exasperatingly ineffective, we merely have been prolonging the inevitable: public education, as we have known it, cannot be sustained.

Digital technologies must change failed public education model – Local Columns – GoErie.com/Erie Times-News.

Idaho Mountain Express: Education reform nears finish – March 30, 2011

While GOP 2012 presidential hopefuls stomp in Iowa focusing on home-schooling claiming public schools are brainwashing enclaves run by liberals, Idaho elected officials address education budget shortfalls looking to make running schools more inefficient.

Part of Idaho’s plan is to bring technology into the classroom, phasing in laptops for every student. No doubt, machines — no matter how fast they operate — can’t replace that special human element found in the teacher we remember for because they inspired us to be more and challenged our ability to go further. Hopefully, Idaho, despite its budget woes, will find a balance.


The purpose of the bill, Luna said, is to stabilize the public education budget in the “new normal economy,” in which less state funding is available for programs across the board.

“We cannot continue to cut more and hope for better days,” he said during the hearing on Tuesday. “We have to create better days.”

Luna and other supporters of the bill say it would make classrooms more efficient while addressing the problem of a potential $13 million shortfall in the education budget by fiscal 2013. Luna said much of the efficiency would come through the laptops and other technology to be implemented in Idaho classrooms, including the laptops given to every high school student by 2015.

Idaho Mountain Express: Education reform nears finish – March 30, 2011.

Tavis Smiley Discuses Alleged Inflated Test Scores with Michelle Rhee

Is this another attempt to simply attack Michelle Rhee or is there any truth to the allegations as laid out in USA Today’s article?

In an interview Tuesday with PBS’ Tavis Smiley, Rhee dismissed the USA Today article, saying that most of it focuses on one school that the investigating firm said required no further inquiry.

“We followed all the right protocol,” she said. “What I think is the unfortunate piece is often times, when the academic achievement rates of a district like D.C. go up, people assume that it can’t be because kids are actually attaining higher gains in student achievement but that it’s because of something like cheating, which in this case was absolutely not the case.”

Pushout. The Underside of High School Dropout.

The film that has us all a buzz over the past couple of months is “Waiting for Superman.” There’s another group of film-makers producing films about the plight they face as high school students in an urban center.

Nestled the heart of distinguished institutions of higher learning that include Yale UniversityAlbertus Magnus,University of New Haven and Southern Connecticut State University are high school students with little hope of success stacked up against a mountain of failure-expectation. They began their own quest to encourage each other and tell their story,Youth Rights Media.

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