"If Edison becomes a part of Wheaton, that's going to be a problem," said Laura Swerdlin, co-chairwoman of the county's Special Education Advisory Committee and the parent of a former Edison student. "The worry is they'll make it so high-tech that it will require higher-level courses at which these students won't be able to succeed." Swerdlin spoke for many parents long frustrated with what they perceive as Superintendent Jerry Weast's laser focus on college-bound students at the expense of those not able to or simply not interested in pursuing traditional higher education. "Our kids will be swept under the rug," Swerdlin said.
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