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Testing Makes McKay Scholarships Accountable to Parents – a post from the redefinED Blog

2012-06-22T14:19:40+00:00

In Robyn Rennick’s post on Florida’s McKay Scholarships for Students With Disabilities last week, she argued that standardized testing measures are “inappropriate,” even “cruel,” for disabled children due to their diverse levels of achievement and in some cases immeasurable levels of progress. But this assumes that standardized testing is a “one size fits all” accountability measure. In reality, there are dozens, even hundreds, of standardized assessments that are designed for every segment of the student population – whether children are learning self-care or calculus.  The choice of test can be left to the private school, not the state. More importantly, standardized testing is perhaps the only way to [...]

Testing Makes McKay Scholarships Accountable to Parents – a post from the redefinED Blog 2012-06-22T14:19:40+00:00

BREAKING NEWS – FL Will Pay for Private PreK Therapies

2010-06-06T21:40:40+00:00

Yesterday Governor Crist signed into law what appears to be an extraordinary program for disabled prekindergarten children beginning with the 2012-13 school year.  The details are not clear yet, but here's the deal in brief. If your disabled child will be 4 years old by September 1, 2012 and he or she gets an Individualized Education Plan ("IEP"), which includes "specialized instructional services" (For example, ABA therapy, speech-language therapy, occupational therapy), Florida will reimburse the private therapy provider for a set number of therapy hours.  In other words, beginning in 2012 the State of Florida will reimburse certain therapists for a [...]

BREAKING NEWS – FL Will Pay for Private PreK Therapies 2010-06-06T21:40:40+00:00

Are You an Extreme Chooser? (How Far Would You Go to Find the Right School?)

2010-05-03T13:52:52+00:00

Most parents are advocates of school choice -whether we identify ourselves that way or not.  We would choose to send our children to the best school in our neighborhood over the one which was just simply around the corner, that is, if we could.  Upper middle class parents routinely choose to buy homes in neighborhoods where the schools are superior - that was the earliest, and is still the most common, form of school choice. Parents of children with special needs have been called "extreme choosers" when it comes to finding the right school for their child.  That's because their children's [...]

Are You an Extreme Chooser? (How Far Would You Go to Find the Right School?) 2010-05-03T13:52:52+00:00