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Links and references to Special Education programs in Boston Public Schools

This page collects information on Special Education in Boston Public Schools

Information on BPS Schools

Boston SPED PAC web site This is the definiitive reference to all things SPED in Boston.

Information on Inclusion in BPS

Inclusive Schools Network

Older information

Job description for McKinley Schools, which I believe are full separate pubic schools: McKinley Schools
List of hires and promotions in 2010-2011 school year:
Includes some interesting references to programs like this one:
L/AB Cluster Coordinator at the David A. Ellis School in Roxbury for the past three years. In this capacity, she has led a team of teachers supporting students identified with emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges.
and this one:
Director of Special Education at Boston Community Leadership Academy (BCLA). There she created and implemented inclusion programs, including a co-teaching model and the Learning Center.

Directory of contacts

Asst. Supt. for Special Education & Student Services, John Verre,
Assistant Director, Elementary A - Autism, Melissa Partridge
Director, Counselling and Intervention Center
Home & Hospital, Firesense Program, Kevin Deforge

I think these are central administration people: List of Special Education Department personnel

Page on "problem solving" suggests calling the following people in order:

  • Special Education
  • Teacher
  • Principal or Headmaster
  • School, Family & Community Engagement, 617-635-7750
  • Cluster Assistant Program Director (APD) for Special Education, 617-635-8599
  • Special Education Office, 617-635-8599

Related Web Sites

Links from BPS Web Sites

Main BPS SPED Page
Guide to Alternative Education Programs in BPS, from 2008
2011 Announcement of changes in BPS SPED programs
Review of SPED in Boston
SPED PAC Phone number: 617-635-8600
Anouncement of new management, 2010

Links from Mass Advocates for Children

Boston School Reform Project
Collection of Documents
The link above includes:

  • Transforming the Boston Public Schools - A Roadmap for the New Superintendent
  • BPS MCAS Support
  • Building Parent Participation
  • Estudiantes Latinos
  • MCAS Derechos del Estudiante
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences in the Elementary Schools (link broken)
  • Teaching Our Children To Read
  • The Budget of the BPS

BSEA Hearings Involving Boston

Ruling on Haitian family excluded from their own IEP meeting
Second ruling on same case
This looks like an important case where Boston is trying unsuccessfully to dismiss a claim that there is a systemic denial of access to special education information for people who do not speak english.

Other organizations and resources

Boston Parents Organization Network
Full Service Round Table

Pages collected under SPED namespace

Newton Public Schools
Barnstable Public Schools
Boston Public Schools
Northampton Public Schools
Main page