Parent Group Concerned with Belvidere School District

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BELVIDERE (WIFR) -- Some parents have complaints with the Belvidere School District when it comes to compliance, communication and consistency.

The organization PASS which stands for Parents Advocating for Students and Staff, is speaking out. Six members of PASS spoke before the school board tonight, revealing the results of a survey sent to the Belvidere Education Association.

Less than half of the BEA members completed the survey, but among the 168 who did, some of their responses are concerning to parents. Like 64 percent of teachers who said they had a student functioning at least two years below grade level without certain help through special learning plans, or the 73 percent who said they had not received district training in student intervention strategies.

"We just want to bring that to the board's attention so that they as our community representatives, as or voice, can start to really focus and take action on what needs to occur," said PASS President Lisa Whitcomb.

"There are some matters that we need to spend some time reviewing and looking into and making plans moving forward," said District 100 Superintendent Michael Houselog.

Part of those plans include a voluntary special education audit to be done by the Illinois State Board of Education. Houselog said he contacted ISBE in May after hearing about some of these concerns. The first mandatory meeting will be held in October with administrators, staff, parents and board members.

The board also appointed board members to the district's existing three committees. The committees are a lower level outlet to help address parental concerns. None of the committees have met individually over the last year.

To see the complete survey results, click on the attached document.
To join PASS's Facebook page, click on the attached link.

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