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An Open Letter to Weston's Selectmen

This letter was submitted to Weston Patch.

I am sending you a series of comments, appended to an article about 2013 New Year's Resolutions on WestonPatch, [regarding] the inferior education currently being provided to some Weston special needs students.

There is also apparently a climate of fear among parents about speaking up on this issue to the School Committee or to the Superintendent of Schools.

I hereby request that you please read these parent remarks carefully and take immediate action to address and to remedy the problem. I hope to attend the next meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall to follow up on this communication.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.                                

Sincerely,
Isabella Jancourtz

Ed Coburn January 07, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Thank you. As you are probably aware, the Board of Selectmen has a strong working relationship with the School Committee and Superintendent but no direct authority over them. I have nonetheless been in touch with the Chair and Superintendent who indicated they were aware of the commenters you refer to. While I believe everyone's goal is to address all reasonable concerns, I don't believe we can conclude, on the basis of two commenters, that there is a "climate of fear." You are of course free to bring this matter up during the public comments portion of the Selectmen's meeting tomorrow night although we would not be able to discuss the issue as a board unless we add it to the agenda for a future meeting. Ed Coburn Member, Weston Board of Selectmen
Isabella Jancourtz January 07, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Thanks, Ed, that will provide plenty of notice to the community to come to the next meeting of the Board of Selectmen with their concerns on this issue. Thanks also for being in touch with the chair of the School Committee and with the Superintendent. I hope they will be responsive to the concerns of these parents, particularly as the families are apparently known to them. I hope too that they will be sensitive to the enormous stresses which these parents have to deal with, and the fact that they are speaking for special needs students who cannot advocate for themselves, and make the extra effort to really come through for these children and their families. I look forward to seeing you and your fellow selectmen at Tuesday night's meeting.

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