Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Parents fear larger classes will harm students with disabilities

A Michigan system's proposal to nearly triple the class sizes of students with severe disabilities has angered some parents. Currently, one teacher and two aides are assigned to nine to twelve students, but a budget-cutting proposal would increase class sizes up to 30 students with one teacher and three aides. "The wonderful progress she made would probably come to a screeching halt and learning new life skills wouldn't happen," said parent Pam McLean of her 12-year-old daughter with severe cognitive impairments. "I can't envision how they could educate these children let alone take care of them and keep them safe." The Detroit News
Mainstream parents also concerned with growing class sizes: As education budgets tighten, many schools are increasing class sizes to make ends meet. That's pushed Virginia parent Janice Peterson to consider private school for her second-grader, out of concern he won't get the attention he needs in a classroom of 28 students, including students with disabilities and English-language learners. The Washington Post

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