An Illinois school is its district's test for including more students with special needs in mainstream classrooms. At Orrington School, 22 students with special needs from first to fifth grade are included in six classrooms. A special-education teacher is in the classroom during math and language-arts instruction, while paraprofessionals are in the classroom the rest of the time. Educators say the biggest challenge has been to find enough planning time for co-teachers to collaborate.
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