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ISBE Tables Class Size Protections Vote – For Now

9/19/2013

At today’s meeting in Bloomington, the Illinois State Board of Education announced it would not vote at this time on the proposal to eliminate the Part 226 class size rules in place for all Illinois classrooms. Earlier this year, input from thousands of IFT members was key to slowing down the same harmful ISBE plan. The issue resurfaced last week, and the proposal was expected to receive a Board vote at the meeting today. 

Representatives from the IFT and Chicago Teachers Union joined teachers, parents and other stakeholders to give strong testimony in opposition to the plan. Our message at today's meeting was clear – state protections for special education class size limits MUST be maintained, for the sake of both special and general education students.

At this time, it is uncertain what steps ISBE will take next on this issue, but the IFT is not taking chances. We will continue working with our allies to fight any attempts to eliminate special education class size protections. If this harmful proposal resurfaces, your help will be urgently needed once again to protect all students from its potentially devastating effects. Please watch your inbox and the IFT website for updates on this important issue in the days ahead.
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