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updated: 3/11/2013 3:54 PM

District 41 ready to vote on controversial education plan

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The Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 school board is scheduled to vote Monday night on a controversial proposal that would combine some grade levels and allow teachers to specialize in certain subjects.

District officials have proposed the combination of second- and third-grade classes, and fourth- and fifth-grade classes, and recommended that teachers specialize as either instructors in literacy/social studies or STEAM, an acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

The district is proposing a partial implementation plan for the 2013-14 school year, where only Lincoln School would implement both teacher specialization and grade groupings in full for grades two through five.

Churchill School would only implement the plan for fourth and fifth grades.

Forest Glen and Benjamin Franklin schools would have teacher specialization and grade groupings for only fourth and fifth grades, while second and third grades would only have teacher specialization.

The scheduled vote follows a community forum with board members on Saturday in which many parents continued to express concerns with the plans.

The board meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the library of Hadley Junior High School, 240 Hawthorne Blvd.

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