DHarvin at cases.org
Tue Feb 14 15:16:56 EST 2012
This is from www.insideschools.org, the Advocates for Children's website. In the past, we've referred our IEP graduates to Co-op Tech or VR-ACCES, formerly VESID if we think they are cannot earn a GED or regular/Regents diploma, but can work.
"An IEP diploma is not as useful as a regular diploma; for example, you cannot try to enlist in the military services or attend even a two-year college with an IEP diploma. An IEP diploma certifies merely that a student attended school and completed IEP goals. An IEP diploma should not be a goal for students with the potential to meet graduation standards. Students who get IEP diplomas are entitled to stay in school to work toward a regular diploma or GED until the age of 21. Students with disabilities can also be prepared for the GED but cannot be forced to pursue that degree instead of a regular diploma.
If you are not sure whether your child is being prepared for a local, Regents, IEP, or GED diploma, look on page 9 of his IEP. If the IEP says he is tracked for a local or Regent's diploma, talk to the supervisor or assistant principal of special education to make sure he is earning the credits he needs and being prepared for the graduation exams. If the IEP says he is tracked for an IEP diploma, but you think your child should be able to earn a regular diploma, you can request a review meeting and/or use your due process rights. It might help to seek the advice of an advocate or attorney."
>>> Jamilah Clark <JClark at palnyc.org> 2/14/2012 2:36 PM >>>
Can anyone tell me if a kid with an IEP HS diploma is eligible for college? If so, is it only community colleges or is it 4 year schools as well?
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