Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Parents decry easy classes for students with disabilities

Two days after Michael Bredemeyer graduated, his parents sent his diploma back, saying teachers inflated his grades and accepted poor work. Some teachers say administrators have insisted that students with special needs pass despite failing work. The Wall Street Journal (free content)


• The Issue: Some parents of students with learning disabilities say their children are graduating too easily.
• The Background: Federal laws raised school standards, but left loopholes. Increasingly, special-education students get special help to pass tests.
• The Problem: If schools game the system, those students move on without the skills they need.

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