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

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Federal officials have renewed warnings that a state law to help special education students may violate federal laws.

The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1CtqU4P ) reports that 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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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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