Charleston schools want special education diploma

Charleston, SC (AP) - Charleston County school leaders want students in special education classes to be able to receive high school diplomas, but right now that can't happen.

According to media reports, South Carolina currently lacks an alternative diploma for students with special needs.

County school leaders are now working to change that.

Charleston educators have discussed the issue with local lawmakers, and they plan to make a formal proposal for changes after the winter break.

They also want to see a greater range of testing options for students with disabilities. Most special needs students currently take the same tests as other students, and advocates say that's not a good measure of their progress.

Students with disabilities make up nearly 10 percent of Charleston County's student enrollment.

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