Mom: Framingham Students Not In Class For Required Number Of Hours

By Joe Shortsleeve, WBZ-TV

FRAMINGHAM (CBS) – The mother of a first grader claims Framingham school officials are breaking state law when it comes to the number of hours kids are supposed to be in the class room.

Chief Correspondent Joe Shortsleeve says this determined parent has filed a complaint with the State Board of Education, which has now opened an investigation.

Students from the Hemenway Elementary school in Framingham are heading home for the day. How much time did they spend learning during their six hour school day?

Not enough according to Collins Fay-Martin, the mother of a first grader.

WBZ-TV’s Joe Shortsleeve reports.

“My concern is that the kids and specifically my daughter are not getting an adequate education.”

She filed a formal complaint with the State Board of Education claiming the kids are not getting the 900 hours of instruction as required by state law.

She says when you add up recess, lunch, time passing in the hallways, half days, and early dismissal the kids are about 65 hours short of the 900-hour mark or about two to three weeks.

She says with a smile “more recently I have been told that the time spent passing between classes, walking in the halls, counts as behavioral learning.”

The Superintendent of Schools was not available to talk on camera but over the phone Steve Hiersche says he is confident the kids in Framingham’s elementary schools are getting the proper number of hours and he says he is preparing to document it for the State Board of Education.

In a statement to WBZ the State Board of Education says…

“We do have an active complaint regarding a Framingham schools’ compliance with learning time requirements. The department is in the process of conducting an investigation.”

Parents outside the Framingham school say it is an important topic.

“I think they should get the 900 hours. They need to be able to learn and to compete with other children.”

Another mother said “I don’t know about the number of hours but I know we get a quality education here at Hemenway.”

Collins Fay-Martin says she wants nothing short of a longer school day and she wants it this year.

The superintendent tells WBZ seven of the eight elementary schools in Framingham all follow the same schedule.

He has two weeks to answer the complaint and than the state could take 60 days to make a decision.

  • Dave

    This woman obviously does not work, with the amount of private investigating she’s doing. Take a break woman and give it a rest ===>

  • Papa_Barry

    I think her total reasoning is contained in this line
    “Collins Fay-Martin says she wants nothing short of a longer school day and she wants it this year”
    She doesn’t want her kid home. She wants free babysitting

  • B

    I have 2 grown educated children (private schools) but I agree with this woman. Somebody should calculate how much learning these children have had since the first of the year between snow days, professional days and of course parent teacher conferences……all held during the time the children should be in school. My husband and I are part of the private sector often attend similar events in the evening in addition to our normal workday. Our children are the ones missing out on quality education.

  • Cool dude

    Well put, this lady doesn’t want her child at home, so she wastes time and the states money having this investigated. Get a job lady, focus on something else.

  • Nelle

    Hiersche definitely would calculate that he receives the total number of dollars in his salary or the total number of doctorates that Framingham buys for him…..or was that Plymouth?

  • cynic

    Oh… I get it…She doesn’t care how much the Kids are taught… She just wants the School to take longer to do it..

  • FramDad

    I know this mom. She does work AND manages to advocate for the kids. If she’s right on this, and from the talk around town it sounds to me like she is right, then the school is cheating the kids. It’s disappointing that she has be the one to say it, but even more disappointing that when she does say it, some people make it a personal attack on her. Collins, I’m behind you on this. On behalf of my own family, thank you.

    • Janel

      I completely agree. This is my son’s firat year at Hemenway. I work fulltime and I’m a single parent, All i have noticed is NOT enough time in school, He is being sent home because he is sleepy, once i pick him up and we get home he begins to play with his toys like nothing had happended. What kind of school is this to send a kid home all the time. There are to many early realeases and half week’s. This is not to opt out in babysitting, I do not need it, I have family who are willing to take care of my son while im at work. I am only a concerned parent who wants the best education i can provide for my son, FRAMINGHAM is not providing it. I have lived in framingham my WHOLE life, i’m not looking to go any where else just because framingham does not want to do there part. I FULLY support this mom and will take action as well.

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