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State to Propose New Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities

4.20.2012 | New York Times/SchoolBook | Kim Sweet, the director of Advocates for Children, said that while the proposed options could make a dent in the graduation rate for disabled students, they were too restrictive. “Why do you only get a safety net if you’re a student with a disability?” she said. “There are also general education students who can’t pass certain tests. The difference is one has a label and one doesn’t.” Ms. Sweet’s organization has estimated that if students had been unable to earn a local diploma in 2010, as many as 14,000 would not have graduated within four years, a figure that could do damage to the state’s rising graduation rate... Read article