Framingham School Reorganization Petition
We, the undersigned, oppose the proposal to reconfigure Framingham Elementary Schools as K-2/3-5. K-2/3-5 schools have some significant disadvantages over the current K-5 configuration. Research shows that there is significant achievement loss during each transition year. A lack of continuity lessens a child’s stability, comfort and sense of community. Additionally, each time a student switches schools, their feelings of anonymity increase. The K-2/3-5 configuration would decrease opportunities for interaction between age groups. 5th graders would no longer have the opportunity to be kindergarten readers, bus monitors or buddies. It would cause additional stress to families who would be rushing to get their children to and from multiple locations every morning and afternoon (or waiting for multiple buses). Communication across grades would be complicated and disrupted. Performance on standardized tests is higher when schools are responsible for scores.
The proposed configuration also poses risks for children with special needs. They often have more difficulty with transitions and are more at risk of falling behind with this configuration. A school develops institutionalized knowledge of a child. Although, teachers change yearly the child often has the same SLP, OT, guidance counselor, and principal. In a K-5 school, teachers can consult with a child’s previous teachers more easily; and have an understanding of what resources are available when writing an IEP.
For all of the above reasons, and many others, we feel strongly that the Framingham Public Schools should stay with a K-5 Elementary School configuration.
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