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Sam Crane
Interests: Chinese philosophy, Chinese politics, East Asian international relations, international relations, international political economy, disability studies, old New York teams (Yankees, Knicks, Giants, Rangers).
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Sam Crane On Monday, November 7th, the Superintendent responsible for the Williamstown Elementary School (WES) was forced to resign. The various School Committees that make up the Tri-District administrative arrangement agreed with the Principals of all the affected schools, including WES, that “…he was not fit for the role of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Save Side by Side
The infamous letter Fern Murtagh received on May 25th has been superseded. With that turn of events, I am taking my critique of this matter off-line so as to focus on the longer term goal of restoring full day Side by Side. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Save Side by Side
Last week, 76% of the people attending Williamstown's Town Meeting voted in favor of restoring the full day Side by Side classroom. They agreed that the current school budget, which cut the full day class, did not reflect the values of the community. The week before, Joe Bergeron, a leading... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at Save Side by Side
by Sam Crane Let's start with a question to the Superintendent and School Committee of the Williamstown Elementary School: what research or studies support the notion that the "ideal" ratio of children with disabilities to children without disabilities in an inclusive special education preschool classroom is 1:1? This is an... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at Save Side by Side
by Sam Crane As the debate about preserving the full day Side by Side class unfolds, one point that emerges is: why can't we just have two half day classrooms? If a student has needs that require a full day curriculum, he or she could simply do two half days.... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Save Side by Side
by Sam Crane There is something we can do. We can vote, next Tuesday, May 10th, for School Committee candidates who have publicly supported Side by Side: Joe Bergeron, Maury McCarthy Lawson, and Liam J. Brody. If we can vote out incumbents, we can change the politics and, with some... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Save Side by Side
by Sam Crane We all make mistakes. When we do, the best course of action is to recognize the error and do what can be done to mitigate the problem. The worst kind of response is to deny the misstep and, by doing so, exacerbate its negative consequences. Unfortunately, the... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Save Side by Side