City of Hartford Posts Request for Response for Independent Monitor for Hartford Public Schools in Response to the OCA Report
In February of 2017, the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) released an investigative report of Hartford Public Schools’ (HPS) compliance with state laws regarding mandated reporting of child abuse and neglect both as defined by state law, as well as compliance with federal Title IX obligations. At its February 21, 2017 regular meeting, the Board of Education for Hartford Public Schools approved an Action Plan in Response to the Report of the Child Advocate. This Action Plan outlines nine areas of concern flagged in the report, along with corresponding action steps to address each concern.
One of these concerns is around Hartford Public Schools’ capacity to implement and monitor the actions outlined in the plan: Concern # 8: The Hartford Public Schools may currently lack the internal capacity to implement and monitor this action plan. In addition to securing support from a number of outside entities that are experts in the fields of education, student safety, protections for students with disabilities and Title IX compliance, the action plan also calls for the district to secure an Independent Monitor to oversee the implementation of the action plan. The Independent Monitor will hold Hartford Public Schools accountable for changing practices and procedures to assure that all students are safe in our schools, with special regard for the most vulnerable students who have special needs. This monitor will oversee progress in implementing the Action Plan and will provide periodic public progress reports to the Board of Education, the State Department of Education, the Department of Children and Families and to our families and community partners.