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For special education students, diplomas, jobs increasingly elusive

Mississippi is one of three states where more students with a learning disability graduate with an alternate diploma than a regular one. That poses a serious problem for many students leaving the state’s special education programs.

According to the Hechinger Report, many colleges and employers don’t recognize the alternative diplomas.

“As a result, thousands of capable students leave high school with few career and education options in a state with one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates.”

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