Episode 938

FM #938 - Franklin SEPAC discussion & call to action - 02/07/23

Published on: 10th February, 2023

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with two Franklin Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC) board members; Arielle Shearer and Patty Middelmann

We discuss the creation of SEPAC which dates back to the education reform efforts in the early 1990’s where each community getting special education funding in MA needs to have this committee to work with the School District.

Our wide ranging discussion centers around education and accommodations for special needs kiddos, some of the many ways on how the support group helps other parents, and that the group is also open to the entire community as we are “interested parties.”

The audio recording runs about 36 minutes. Let’s listen to my conversation with Arielle and Patty about SEPAC and how you might get involved.


Franklin SEPAC links & information

Website -> http://www.franklinsepac.org/ 

Facebook ->  https://www.facebook.com/franklinsepac 

Mailing List and Survey -> https://forms.gle/TYuAJLeqvLzKNbNb8 

SEPAC September Flyer https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cEFAFNI_Cwg7uz45nFCwPYy6kunR8c0I/view?usp=share_link 

Franklin SEPAC Spring Letter  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qcis7TW6uxBML1xkEUI_t-tu2AxRSYz5/view?usp=share_link 

Contact Email: FranklinSEPAC@gmail.com 

504 plan info -> https://www.understood.org/en/articles/504-plans-a-guide-for-teachers 

Federal IDEA legislation  ->  https://sites.ed.gov/idea/about-idea/ 

MA Behavioral Help Hotline -> https://www.masshelpline.com/

Steve Sherlock referred to this book during the conversation: 

Steven Johnson - Where do Good Ideas Come from (TED Talk) -> https://www.ted.com/talks/steven_johnson_where_good_ideas_come_from 

Where do Good Ideas Come from Book link -> https://www.amazon.com/Where-Good-Ideas-Come-Innovation-ebook/dp/B0046ZRZ30


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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

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Stephen Sherlock

I volunteer as the Community Information Director for Franklin, MA (USA)*. I have been providing accurate and timely information about what matters in Franklin since 2007. Currently working in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Radio (wfpr.fm) since October 2019.

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