Special ed revamp sparks debate

Article By: Will Sentell | June 30, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a bill that backers say will offer special education students a vital new route to a high school diploma.

“It is a good thing that we are providing this pathway, and it is not a worthless or a symbolic diploma,” said state Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, one of the chief sponsors of the legislation.

The key change would allow a special education student’s advisory team to hammer out an alternative way to graduation, regardless of how the student fares on standardized tests.

But two national groups have issued a report that denounces the measure.

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