Monday, November 02, 2009

Special-needs students in Nashville, Tenn., take mainstream classes

Seven-year-old Isaac Nelson, left, leaves for school with his brother, Kobe Nelson, 8, and mother, Amy Biggs-Nelson. Isaac, who has autism, spends most of his school day in a regular second-grade class. (MANDY LUNN / THE TENNESSEAN)

Schools in Nashville, Tenn., are transitioning their 8,200 students with special needs into mainstream classes. The students are largely educated with their peers and are offered some special instructional time away from the class. The district has hired additional teachers and trained educators on how to "mesh general-education and special-education initiatives together to benefit all students," an official said. The Tennessean (Nashville)

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