September 1, 2009
Parents Right-to-Know 2009-2010
Dear Parents/Guardians of the Rose L. MacDonald and Howard School Students:
Your child is attending a school receiving Title I federal funds through the No Child Left Behind Act (referred to as NCLB). This Federal law requires that parents be notified of their right to know the professional qualifications of their child's teacher(s) in core academic subject areas, including the following:
1. The type of state credential or license that the teacher holds. Some teachers will have a credential in a particular subject area, such as English or mathematics, and others will have a multiple subject credential, which allows them to teach a variety of subjects, such as in elementary schools.
2. The education level and subject area of the teacher’s college degree(s). All teachers have a bachelor’s degree, and many teachers have graduate degrees beyond the bachelor’s, such as a masters or doctoral degree.
In addition to the qualifications of the teacher, if a paraprofessional (teacher’s aide) provides your child services, you may also request information about his or her qualifications. Many paraprofessionals have two years of college, and others have passed a test that verifies their qualifications.
If you would like this information, please contact Mrs. Linda Dubin at (508) 894-1240 at the Rose L. MacDonald School or Mr. Mark Bodwell at (508) 894-1250 at the Howard School.
Patricia W. Oakley
Patricia W. Oakley, Ed. D., Superintendent of Schools