Focused Monitoring Public Forum

Focused Monitoring Public Forum


Our district has been selected by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for a focused monitoring review of the educational placement decisions for students with disabilities.  The selection of our district was based on district data that we submitted to ISBE. 


The purpose of focused monitoring is to investigate compliance with federal and state special education laws and regulations. This monitoring process additionally seeks to ensure that the district is following appropriate procedures in making educational placement decisions for students with disabilities.  Educational placement is the location where a student with a disability receives his/her education. 


The purpose of the public forum is to allow parents and/or guardians the opportunity to share their experiences about the process of determining the educational placement for their child.  The ISBE team leader will lead the public forum along with a parent member from the focused monitoring team who has the experience of also being the parent of a child with a disability. 


The meeting agenda includes:

  • An explanation of how the district is selected for focused monitoring by ISBE and what the process includes, and
  • A discussion will occur on how the district collaborates with parents on determining the educational placement, the location where a student with a disability receives his/her education. 


All information gathered during the focused monitoring forum is confidential, and those who contribute information remain anonymous. Verbal or written comments are encouraged at the public forum. The information collected during the forum will be reviewed by the ISBE team leader.  The team leader will complete a written report that may include recommendations to administration regarding the procedures and practices for making educational placement decisions for students with disabilities.


ISBE has respectfully requested that district staff and administration do not attend the forum.  Opportunities are provided at the district and school levels for the staff and administration to contribute information to this process also.


We hope you will be able to attend the public forum.

When:  Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Time:    5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Where:  Administrative Building, 7600 South Central Avenue, Burbank, IL


If you require special accommodations to attend the forum, (e.g., translator), please contact Madeline Cruz at 708-496-0500 ext. 10362.  Additionally, if you are unable to attend the forum you may contribute to this process by completing our parent survey at the following link


Best regards,

Jill Wallace

Director of Student Services

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