Chicago Public Schools placed LymanTrumbull Elementary on the list for recommended closure due to their small class sizes. Maria Jordan, the primary coordinator of kindergarten special education at Lyman Trumbull Elementary School, argues that this recommendation is unfair due to the schools large special education program that demands smaller class sizes.
The proposed school closings are based on a formula that demands an average minimum of 30 kids per class. Supporters of Trumbull are relying on the Chicago Board of Education to make an exception to their formula.
“General education offer roughly 30 students per adult, the special education program requires roughly 15 students per one adult,” Mari Jordan said. “Their (special ed. students) education and development will suffer in larger classes.”
Trumbull’s student population is 37 percent special education, and Jordan says that the possible school closure will be unfair in more than one way.
“General education students have…
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