As a parent of a special education student and a one that is not this effects both children equally.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has voted to propose elimination of its rule, Section 226.730, which limits the number of special education students which can be placed in both general education and special education classrooms. If ISBE’s proposal becomes law, it would mean there would be no state limit on the number of students with disabilities that school districts could place in either type of classroom.
IEA opposes the elimination of the Section for at least the following reasons:
The current rule should not be changed because the existing rule serves as a parameter for class size ratios.
The IEA and I also believe that the current 70/30 ratio helps to ensure that all students receive the appropriate support and accommodations to achieve academic success.
We all know that class size matters most for those students who have special needs. One of our biggest concerns is that students continue to receive the necessary support to be successful.
We and the IEA believe that the current 70/30 ratio helps to ensure that all students receive the appropriate support and accommodations to achieve academic success.