I read with interest the article, "School's in," by Joseph Stender. It states that this particular program has been offered for more than 20 years but only to students with an IEP. Average students get no special, extended-year study.
There is no legislation for average students. Hopefully, these are the students who stay in the County for a lifetime supporting its schools by paying taxes.
But more interesting is:
"Students are broken up by disability and age group. Groups include elementary, middle, secondary and functional academics. Campman-Ruble said it creates a better learning environment for the students if they all are working with the same disability."
For the past 30 years, most school districts have integrated all students. Classes have broad ranges of abilities and disabilities.
It is interesting that the Intermediate Unit not only caters to a select group of students but also groups them to insure a similar educational background/ability/disability. Perhaps schools should follow the I.U.'s lead.