Illinois studying new regulations for special education

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Decades-old limits on the size of special education classes would disappear along with restrictions on the number of disabled students in traditional classrooms under proposals being pushed by state education leaders.

The proposed changes could affect students both with and without disabilities in virtually every public school in Illinois and open the door for more disabled students in mainstream classes — a key goal of federal special education law, state officials say.

As it stands now, Illinois has one of the worst records in the country for ensuring that special education students get substantial time with their nondisabled peers, a Tribune analysis of federal records shows.

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