The Framingham Public School district is trying to find out why students are leaving the district.
The Framingham Public Schools mailed a survey to parents of sixth grade students at the Christa McAuliffe Regional Public Charter School in Framingham and possible other parents as well, this week.
Letters began arriving this afternoon and several parents from the Charter School contacted Framingham Patch.
The survey asks parents why they chose to remove their child from the Framingham Public Schools and to fill out a checklist survey.
The survey says "Framingham Public Schools is committed to excellence as well as being a model of continuous improvement. Our goal is to provide a high quality education in our pursuit of the district's mission to educate each student to learn and live productively as a critical thinking responsible citizen in a multicultural, democratic society."
The survey then states "according to our records, your child is eligible to attend the Framingham Public Schools, but he or she is not. We would appreciate your input in understanding why..."
The survey then has parents check off boxes that apply:
* Religious Reasons/family preference * Concern About Academic Standards * Enrichment Possibilities in New School * Overcrowded Schools in Framingham * Class Sizes Too Large in Framingham * Convenience for Childcare * Quality of Teaching Instruction in New School * Concern About Framingham Curriculum * Concern About Safety & Well-Being in Framingham Schools * Lack of Communication Between Schools and Parents * Concern about Administration, Teacher or Other
Parents of seventh and eighth grade students at the Framingham-based Charter school did not receive the survey. (Editor's Note: My child is a seventh grade student at the McAuliffe Charter School.)
Framingham Patch contacted Framingham Superintendent of Schools Stacy Scott and newly-hired Assistant Superintendent of Schools Mark Prince about the survey to see if it was sent to just parents of the public charter school or all sixth grade students who left the Framingham Public Schools. As of this post, neither contacted Patch.