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Jordan School District to keep special-needs education program at all high schools

Bingham High School
Posted at 6:35 PM, Apr 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-16 07:17:21-04

WEST JORDAN, Utah — The Jordan School District announced Thursday it would reverse its decision to relocate the special-needs education program from two high schools within the district.

The original proposal would have relocated the Life Skills/peer mentoring program from both Herriman and Bingham High Schools, forcing the students who participated in the program at those locations to move schools in order to continue.

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The decision was made earlier in April and faced harsh criticism from parents who said their children would be negatively impacted by the change and that they deserved to attend school with siblings and friends in their zoned areas.

A petition had the support of over 54,000 community members who were against the consolidation.

In a press conference Thursday, district spokeswoman Sandra Riesgraf announced the change would be reversed, and the Life Skills and peer mentoring programs would continue at all High Schools within the district.