Special Education Alert!

14 Sep

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will be voting to eliminate ALL special education class size limits, AND the 30 percent limit of students with IEPs in general education classes on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 201 Broadway Street in Normal (across the street from the AMTRAK Station). 

Public comment is to begin after 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 19. For those wishing to testify you would need to register  by 8:30 a.m.  

What Can You Do?

1.  Send an email to the Chairman of the State Board of Education, Gery Chico, at chairman@isbe.net saying you oppose this elimination – and why you oppose it.

2. Come and testify at the meeting.  We need the personal testimony of PARENTS and TEACHERS and anyone else opposed.  Retired teachers, help our colleagues out who are working during the day and can’t attend.

3.  If you know any of the other ISBE Board members, contact them to discuss this issue:  Steven Gilford–Evanston, James Baumann–Lake Bluff, Andrea Brown– Marion, David Fields–Danville, Melinda LaBarre–Springfield, Curt Bradshaw–Naperville, Vinni Hall–Chicago.

Of the 5,523 written comments ISBE has received, 5,158 were OPPOSED to the elimination of these State rules on special education class size.

ISBE itself stated this number of comments was “unprecedented” and that the
“overwhelming majority” of the comments were opposed.

When 93.4 percent are OPPOSED, and only 6.6 percent want to eliminate these
rules, the Board of ISBE should vote NO – otherwise why get comments from the public if you are going to completely ignore the public?

We must all act.  If we don’t there will be serious harm to students with disabilities.

Bev Johns, Chair
ISELA – Illinois Special Education Coalition

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