Friday, July 16, 2010

Education Research Priorities: Future Fun with Numbers

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We have a wide variety of special education stakeholders who regularly read this blog. Many are professors or academic researchers in the field of education. This group will be very interested to know that the National Board for Education Sciences of the Institute of Education Sciences has announced its new priorities. You can view them here. The Institute of Education Sciences is a part of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) of the U. S. department of Education. The other subparts are the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

The public can comment by September 7, 2010. You may comment by mail, by commercial delivery or over the internet. Internet comments can be made here. Pony Express comments go to: Elizabeth Payer, U.S. Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW., room 602c, Washington, DC 20208.

Why should the rest of us care? Well inasmuch as this is a representative democracy, our taxpayer dollars are being spent on some of these projects. As good citizens, we have a say in how the funds are spent. So, even if like me you have occasional arithmetic issues, take a look at the priorities. If you have a reaction, then let the feds know what you think. Democracy at work!


  1. Am I missing something? Where are the priorities? What I read seemed more like a mission statement liberally salted with notices that the info is available in accessible format and that they are meeting the requirements for inviting public comment... Anyone notice specifics?

  2. Thanks Anon,

    I appreciate your observation.