Equity & Advocacy Parent Tool Box

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Parent & Student Toolkit 
Educational Equity is a federally mandated monitoring office for the K-12 public school system at the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) which monitors civil rights compliance in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) regulations.


Referral Process to Special Education

Franklin Discovery Academy is responsible for Child Find Identification and evaluation for all students grades K to 6th, who are current students at Franklin Discovery Academy, who are suspected of having a disability, and are in need of an evaluation for possible special education. 

If your child is having significant difficulty with communication, behavior, academic learning, or fine/gross motor skills, or experiencing delayed development for his/her age, he/she may be a child with a disability that requires specialized instruction through special education. If you suspect that your student at Franklin Discovery Academy may have a disability, even though he or she is advancing from grade to grade, please contact our Special Education Department at (801) 785-6500 or email julie.chacon@franklindiscovery.org.

Note about preschool: If your child, aged 0-21, is not a current student at Franklin Discovery Academy, please contact their current school or the school district you reside in. Franklin Preschool is a private preschool and does not participate in child find. Students in preschool should be evaluated by the school district they reside in or their contracted provider such as kids on the move.

Carson Smith Scholarship information

If you are the parent of a child with an IEP enrolled in a public school, the district is required by Utah Code Section 53A-1a-704 (10) to inform you of the availability of a scholarship to attend a private school through the Carson Smith Scholarship Program. Further information, including applications, can be found here:

Click here for more information on the Carson Smith Scholarship Link

Procedural Safe Guards (IDEA)

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Please contact us for paper versions in the following languages:

  • English
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Public Notice of Records Destruction

Students special education records may be destroyed no sooner than five years after a student last attended Franklin Discovery Academy. First records destruction will begin no sooner then the summer of 2022 for students who last attended in the 2016-2017 school year. 

If your student received special education services through Franklin Discovery Academy during the 2016-2017 school year and want to claim copies of your records before they are destroyed, please contact Franklin Discovery Academy at (801) 785-6500 and ask for the special education department before April of 2021.