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Utah school district pulls special needs program, parents start petition



More than 6,500 people have signed a petition calling out Jordan School District for moving its Life Skills program out of two high schools.

Students with intellectual disabilities are currently allowed to attend any major high school in the district. But next year, students in the program at Herriman will go to Mountain Ridge and Bingham students can either go to Riverton or West Jordan.

A group of parents were outraged at the change, saying “all students deserve and need the opportunity to associate with, and learn from, children with special needs.”

“Diversity is something to be celebrated, and children with special needs have a unique way of helping all to understand that,” the petition on states.

Jordan District spokesperson Sandra Riesgraf said they’re not eliminating the program, just moving some students to other high schools that have more students in the program.

She said Bingham High School has five special needs students and Herriman has seven. Other schools in the district with the program have more than 20 special needs students enrolled.