Commencement Rule Questioned
Pa. district eyes change to allow spec. ed. students to 'graduate.'
In the Mount Lebanon, Pa., school district, students have typically been allowed to take part in graduation exercises only when they have completed their studies and are leaving school.
But that means some special education students who plan to continue taking classes until age 21 have been left out of the ceremony staged for their peers.
To Cate Scott, 18, a senior at Mount Lebanon High School, it didn’t seem fair that her friend Meghan MacLeod, also 18, couldn’t take part in graduation. Ms. MacLeod, who has Asperger’s syndrome, won’t leave school until she is 21, as...
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