Graduation Ceremonies To Include Students With Disabilities, Under
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 16, 2006
HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA--High school seniors that have disabilities will be able to participate in graduation ceremonies with their own age group under a measure that cleared another hurdle towards passage this week.
Under the bill, high schools would have to develop policies and procedures to allow such students that have completed four years of high school to receive a certificate of attendance, rather than a diploma, and still be entitled to continue receiving special education services through age 21.
The legislation passed the state Senate Education Committee on Tuesday. This means the measure will now go to the full Senate for a vote, then back to the House, where an earlier draft was passed in December.
According to Wednesday's Patriot-News, Senate Education Committee Chairman James Rhoades called the legislation a gesture of "common decency" and said he was dismayed that a law was required in the first place.
Thirty years after the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act became law, many schools across the country still do not allow students who receive special education services past age 18 to participate in the regular graduation activities.
"Committee OKs disability graduation bill" (Patriot-News)
Text of Senate Bill 893 (Pennsylvania Senate)