The Ivy welcomes Buzzy Hettleman to discuss his new book Mislabeled as Disabled: The Educational Abuse of Struggling Learners and How We Can Fight It.
Kalman “Buzzy” Hettleman has an acclaimed career on the frontlines of national, state and local education policy. In recent years, he has focused on struggling readers and students with disabilities. His new book, Mislabeled as Disabled: The Educational Abuse of Struggling Learners and How We Can Fight It, exposes how public schools violate the law and rights of struggling learners. Advance reviews of the book by experts in the field have included praise like "extraordinary and deeply disturbing" and “a masterpiece." Kirkus Review commends its “cogent case for making changes to the system” and calls it “a useful guidance for parents … and activists.”
He is presently a member of the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (the Kirwan Commission), charged by the governor and state legislature with recommending comprehensive, statewide K-12 school reform. In Baltimore, he has been a member of the school board twice and deputy mayor/executive assistant for education (and other social programs) under two mayors.
His prior book It’s the Classroom, Stupid: A Plan to Save America’s Schoolchildren was published in 2010. Other published articles have appeared in The Nation, Education Week, the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun.
He has further served as Maryland cabinet secretary for social welfare programs, and director of the Baltimore department of social services, taught social policy at several universities, been a public interest attorney, and managed state and local political campaigns.
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