What were the main obstacles for ISD?
Several staff members were worried about how this change would effect
their positions and their teaching. While class
sizes were reduced for classroom teachers, ESL, Art, Music and Physical Education teachers
now had many more class sections. Click here for more
Teacher Union resistance
Several ESL teachers filed union grievances. The union argued the ESL program was a statutory requirement and
that ISD sought to unfairly reassign ESL teachers.
The union claimed eliminating pullout programs would not provide students with the instruction they deserved. Click here for more
remained skeptical because ISD sounded like distributing resources away
from deserving students. Community members accustomed to pullout programs felt that
ISD would rob deserving students of vital services. Parents expressed their
dissatisfaction with ISD at school meetings and in local newspapers.
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The Madison Metropolitan School District were initially uncertain
about the value of ISD, and some district leaders acted to block key steps at the
beginning of the design process before district officers intervened on Franklin's behalf. Click here for more