Parents of students with profound disabilities are opposing a plan by a suburban Chicago school district to close a special school for those students and include them into general elementary school classrooms, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The idea behind Evanston-Skokie District 65’s inclusion plan is to make special education “a service, not a place,” the article says. But these parents say they have tried inclusive arrangements and they don’t work out well for their children, the article says.
Schools around the nation have moved toward inclusion over the years with different levels of success, the article notes.
What has been your district’s experience? Do you have special schools for students with profound disabilities, or are those students included in general classrooms?
A version of this news article first appeared in the On Special Education blog.