A Southern California district has apologized to parents of special education students who were outraged to learn their children had been sorting trash as a school activity.
The activity, which was part of a functional-skills program at Patriot High School in the Jurupa district to teach students general life skills like budgeting and purchasing groceries, had been suspended.
Angry parents sounded off over the program that had special education students sort through campus trash bins for recyclables. They said it was humiliating and exposed the children to germs.
A version of this article appeared in the August 27, 2014 edition of Education Week as District Sorry for Making Spec. Ed. Students Sort Trash