Archive for October, 2009

Parent Participation, Partnerships, Politics, and Power

October 30, 2009

David BloomfieldOctober 29, 2009

What is the appropriate role for parents in New York City’s public school system? Parents often feel intimidated or marginalized by those in charge of their children’s education. Educators (and many students!) are oppressed by parents’ disinterest and over-interest. Politicians and policymakers, forever straddling the divide, have created myriad structure for parent inclusion, leading to complaints from all sides about pandering and bureaucratization.

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October 16, 2009

Special Education: Initiative or Inertia

October 1, 2009

Questioning the need for a special ed czar and special education district at the DOE

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein was wrong to create a top-level position in his administration dedicated to students with special needs, Brooklyn College professor David Bloomfield writes in the GothamSchools community section. His latest post asks whether the long-awaited special education recommendations made to Klein this summer represent “Initiative or Inertia” at the Department of Education.

Bloomfield writes:

Special education is a continuum within the broad spectrum of public school instruction.  … To separate these and other students with and without IEPs from the responsibility of all top DOE managers is to continue the marginalization of these students and their parents.

Philissa Cramer