Board of Education

Committee on Special Populations


It was originally established as an ad hoc committee of the Board of Education Resolution 80-03.  By Board of Education Resolution No. 152-08, it was established as a standing committee.

Text of Resolution No. 152-08

WHEREAS, Over the past ten years demographic changes in race, ethnicity, and socioeconomics have reshaped the population of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) from a homogeneous population to one that is rich in diversity; and

WHEREAS, The Board of Education has responded to these demographic shifts by working to ensure that the appropriate instructional programs are in place to address the needs of all MCPS students as reflected in the strategic plan, Our Call to Action: Pursuit of Excellence; and

WHEREAS, The Board seeks to ensure that resources are sufficiently and efficiently allocated to meet the needs of all MCPS students; and

WHEREAS, These needs include areas in special needs populations, for students receiving special education programs, alternative programs, gifted and talented education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and students who need multilingual support in order to be successful in the classroom; and

WHEREAS, The Special Education Ad Hoc Committee was originally established in 2003 to engage in dialogue with individuals and groups concerned about children with disabilities, to gather input on concerns and issues relating to the delivery of special education services, report to the Board of Education, no later than December 2003, outlining its findings and recommendations for further action; and

WHEREAS, In the course of the committee’s work, it has become apparent that a standing committee is absolutely essential to address the needs of children with disabilities and students of other populations who need appropriate supports in order to be successful in the general education environment; now therefore be it

Resolved, That effective immediately, the Board reconstitutes the Special Education Ad Hoc Committee into a standing committee that shall be named the Committee on Special Populations charged specifically with reviewing issues and instructional programs designed to meet the needs of special populations that require special education services, gifted and talented instruction, alternative programs, ESOL services, and multilingual supports.

The Policy Subcommittee was created on November 13, 2001. It consists of four Board members. When the need for a new or revised policy is recognized, the subcommittee meets with appropriate staff to develop a draft policy. The committee then presents the proposed policy item to the Board for discussion and tentative action.

Policy is defined as principles adopted by resolution of the Board of Education to guide the development and implementation of educational programs and/or for management of the school system.

It was established by Board of Education Resolution No. 615-01

Text of Resolution No. 615-01

On recommendation of the Superintendent and on motion of Mr. Abrams seconded by Mr. Felton, the following resolution was adopted unanimously by members present:

WHEREAS, Policy BFA, Policysetting, establishes the process for development, revision, and review of policies in Montgomery County Public Schools; and

WHEREAS, The process has changed to allow greater involvement by the Board of Education earlier in the process; and

WHEREAS, The new process permits more efficient use of the full Board°s time by eliminating the need for three Board meetings to consider one policy; and

WHEREAS, On July 2, 2001, the Board of Education took tentative action to adopt a draft Policy BFA, Policysetting, and request that it be sent out for public comment; and

WHEREAS, Nineteen comments have been received and recommendations for changes have been made; now therefore be it

Resolved, That the Board of Education take final action to adopt the attached Policy BFA, Policysetting, with the accompanying recommendation.

(The full text of the policy is accessible on the MCPS Policy web site.)