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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

An Important Announcement from Carroll School


May 30, 2014

Recently, we received the following letter from Carroll School, indicating that, "As of the 2018-2019 school year, Carroll will no longer participate in the public funding program known as Chapter 766." Carroll, in Lincoln, MA, is a leading school for students with language-based learning disabilities.

Here is a link to Carroll's brochure entitled, "Moving Forward Beyond Public Funding," explaining this decision and its practical implications.

Dear Child Advocate,

The purpose of this letter is to inform you of a recent decision made by Carroll's Board of Trustees after careful consideration and deep analysis. As of the 2018-2019 school year, Carroll will no longer participate in the public funding program known as Chapter 766.

This change will enable Carroll to better fulfill our mission of helping children with language-based learning difficulties. Specifically, the change will promote more focused teacher training and student assessments, allow for more efficient implementation of cognitive programs, and develop a greater focus in each student's day on the "dyslexic advantage," which allows our students to realize the hidden potential of their unique mode of thinking.

As a leader in building new curricula and teaching approaches that best fit the particular needs of our students, Carroll has come to recognize that state policies designed for a broader profile of students will increasingly not align with our specialized educational practices. We also recognize the need to work with families every step of the way so they have ample time to adjust to the change.

Carroll is making this transition in a thoughtful and systematic way that continues to support Chapter 766-funded students through the next four academic years. And we are committed to more than doubling need-based financial aid dollars to support students and families after the transition. We are certain this transition will ensure a cohesive educational environment with maximum benefits for each one of our students.

Attached to this letter is an informational pamphlet about our decision. We also want you to feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Every decision we make at Carroll is for the betterment of our students, teaching programs and the overall educational environment. We appreciate your past confidence in the Carroll School, and hope and trust we can count on your continued support in the future.


Stephen M. Wilkins
Head of School

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