Special ed overhaul still sparks controversy in state
BATON ROUGE - Seven months after the Legislature overhauled the way special education students can earn a traditional high school diploma state leaders are still grappling with how to do so.
The law was touted as a way to help some of the state's 83,000 students with disabilities, and start trimming Louisiana's dismal graduation rate for those children.
Doing so, backers said, would help the state by increasing the number of educated residents, and arm more students with a degree that is often needed for even the most basic jobs.
But the 2014 law has triggered two letters from federal officials questioning its legality, persistent worries from local educators on how it should be implemented and months of finger pointing on why the rollout has been so rocky.
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