In full transparency, the following is a press release from the Framingham Public Schools submitted to SOURCE media.
FRAMINGHAM – During the week of January 31, 2022, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a routine Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Framingham Public Schools.
The Office of Public School Monitoring conducts a review in each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations.
Areas of review related to special education include:
- student assessments
- determination of eligibility
- the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and
- IEP development and implementation
Areas of review related to civil rights include:
- student discipline
- physical restraint, and
- equal access to school programs for all students
In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process.
The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report.
During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairperson(s) of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations.
Parents and other individuals may call Michael McDonald, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at 781-338-3746 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.
Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the district with a report with information about areas in which the district meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the district requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/.
This information will be shared with all FPS Families and is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese on the FPS Website.