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Skokie, IL: "District has also seen more students with autism in recent years"

June 30, 2017, Chicago Tribune: Niles Township special ed district plans for increase in satellite classes next year http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-skr-school-district-68-special-education-program-tl-0629-2-20170630-story.html When school begins this August at Skokie School District 68, the district will be home to four satellite special education classes, double the number it had only a couple years ago, educators say. Other districts tell a similar story. Skokie School District 73.5 is scheduled to host five satellite classes next year, up from just one in 2016-17, which is possible because of a building expansion at Elizabeth Meyer School. Last year, District 68 increased the number of NTDSE special education satellite classes from two to three and next year it will add one more, said District 68 Director of Special Services Peg Lasiewicki. "We're definitely seeing an increase in the program," she said. Next year, Kendrick said, NTDSE satellite classes are scheduled to increase from 12 to 17 throughout the township. In addition to the one added class at District 68 and the four at District 73.5 because of the Meyer expansion, Morton Grove's Golf School District 67 is scheduled to pick up a class as well. Nine school districts in Niles Township form a co-op that make up NTDSE, Kendrick said. Niles Township High School District 219 is not part of the group, having decided to go on its own for special education several years ago. According to Kendrick, the number of children with special education needs who come through the district has ebbed and flowed over the years, but now is definitely a time of flow. For whatever reason, she said, there has been a spike in children with intellectual and other "low incidence disabilities," those that occur less frequently in the general population than others. The special education district has also seen more students with autism in recent years, she said. ...