Special ed overhaul triggers new arguments
BATON ROUGE - A task force has voted to form yet another panel to try to resolve problems plaguing a state law aimed at making it easier for students with disabilities to get a high school diploma.
Thursday's decision followed nearly four hours of often pointed exchanges on who bears the blame for troubles surrounding a law that took effect in August.
Some backers of the overhaul contend the state education department has fallen short on providing educators with crucial guidance.
But Jamie Wong, director of special education policy, said her agency has supplied districts with a wide array of information and more is coming next week.
According to the Louisana Department of Education, the state has one of the nation's lowest graduation rates for students with disabilities with a population of about 80,000 special education students in the system.