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U.s. Dept. Of Education To Louisiana: Law Might Illegally Lower Bar To Allow Students With Disabilities To Get Traditional High School Diploma

Federal officials have renewed their warnings that a state law intended to aid special education students may run afoul of federal laws.

In a letter dated Jan. 12, an official of the U.S. Department of Education said the chief issue is the possibility that Louisiana’s law will illegally lower the bar to allow students with disabilities to get a traditional high school diploma.

The key feature of the 2014 measure allows teachers and parents who advise the students — called Individualized Education Program teams — to craft alternative paths to a diploma, regardless of how students fare on standardized tests that rank-and-file students have to pass.