Illinois districts urged to reduce special-education numbers

01/15/2009 | Journal Star (Peoria, Ill.)

The Illinois state education board wants about a dozen school districts with abnormally large special-education populations to work to reduce their overall numbers and increase the number of students in mainstream classes. Nearly one in four Peoria, Ill., students have IEPs, but Mary O'Brian, who heads the district's special services, says the district will update paperwork and improve monitoring of students' progress in an effort to reduce the rate.

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Journal Star (Peoria, Ill.)

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