Monday, March 13, 2006

Chicago Requires Blind Student to Pass Driver’s Ed Exam

High school graduation requirements for some Chicago public school students are unbelievable – the school district expects blind students to pass driver's education classes.
Illinois state law requires that all districts offer driver's education, but does not mandate it as a graduation requirement. Hundreds of Illinois school districts require students to pass the class, although the state only requires districts to offer it. A spokeswoman for the state Board of Education tells the Chicago Tribune, "It defies logic to require blind students to take this course." By law, any parent can request a change in a disabled student's education plan, but that is rarely explained to blind students who are told that they must take the class to graduate.