Special-education students failed by the state of Mississippi

Matthew Zalaznick's picture
Monday, February 3, 2014

One in 10 Mississippi public school students has a disability, yet despite federal laws guaranteeing them the same chance at academic success as their nondisabled peers, most never graduate.

One quarter of special-needs students leave Mississippi public schools with a traditional diploma, according to statistics from the state Department of Education. The rest drop out or get an alternative recognition like an attendance certificate or an occupational diploma, neither of which counts as a regular diploma nor guarantees access to college or a career.

In fact, Mississippi graduates the smallest percentage of special-needs students nationwide.

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