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Feds warn La law might set HS grad bar too low for disabled

4 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Monday, January 19 2015 Jan 19, 2015 January 19, 2015 5:06 PM January 19, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Federal officials have renewed warnings that a state law to help special education students may violate federal laws.

A letter sent last week says authorities are worried the law will illegally set standards too low for disabled students.

The law lets teachers and parents put together alternative ways to get a high-school diploma, regardless of how a disabled student does on standardized tests that other students must pass.

The head of the Louisiana School Boards Association is a member of a task force set up to monitor a contract to train teachers and parents how to create such agreements. Scott Richard says the letter from acting assistant Secretary Michael Yudin adds a new layer of complication.

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