From Bev Johns, Chair of the Illinois Special Education Coalition.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
took NO action today on the proposal to
eliminate all State rules on special education
class size, and on the 30 percent limit on students
with IEPs in a general education classroom.
Action could have been taken at their June meeting,
or August meeting, but Board members had
State Superintendent of Education, Chris Koch,
had stated on Monday that the Board would
consider final action today because
“Our current rules go beyond federal law and,
I believe, interfere with decisions for students that
would best be made at the local level.”
However today the Chairman of the Board, Gery Chico,
announced that the proposal would be removed
from the Board’s Agenda.
While this proposal is now almost certainly dead,
the school administrator groups, including the
special ed administrators IAASE, and the school
board group favor the elimination of these State rules.
Everyone else testifying, special ed groups, disability
organizations, parents, the IEA, IFT and CTU, other
teachers, etc. were ALL opposed.
There may be an attempt to bring forth a
very different proposal so we need to continue
to have contact with ISBE Board members.
Thank you for all your efforts. YOU made the difference.