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To get a high school equivalency diploma, NYC forces students to give up special education services

08.21.2019 | Chalkbeat New York | City officials have asked the state to drop its request to provide a full range of services in the Pathways program, arguing it is not required by law and would pose big logistical challenges. But advocates contend that the city is shortchanging students who need services most: Those who have struggled in traditional high schools, or new arrivals to the country, whose chance at applying to college, joining the military, or getting on a path to higher wages hinges on earning an equivalency diploma. “Students with disabilities should have the same access,” said Ashley Grant, an attorney at Advocates for Children, an organization that works with special needs families. “Right now, they don’t.” Read article