Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 students who have significant disabilities will not start middle school one year early after an outcry by parents who said it would undo years of efforts to integrate their children into mainstream classes.

Superintendent Laurie Heinz said she spent much of the last month digging into the district's special education programs by speaking to teachers, staff members and principals after several parents urged the District 64 board to reverse the proposal they said would threaten the social and emotional well-being of their children.

"You don't have to worry about next year," Heinz told the nearly 100 parents who came to the Dec. 13 meeting of the District 64 board at Jefferson School.

Board President Anthony Borrelli said he was "glad no one is going to be forced" to start middle school one year early.

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Source : http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/park-ridge/news/ct-prh-special-education-park-ridge-tl-1221-20171214-story.html

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