12 May: Sweeney Bill To Help Support Special Education Students Approved By Assembly Education Committee

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Steve Sweeney, which would permit special education students who have attended four years of high school to participate in their class graduation ceremonies was approved today by the Assembly Education Committee.

“Federal law calls for all special education students to follow an individual education plan (IEP) to provide them with the best course of study. Because the IEPs can call for their programs to extend longer than four years, the students sometimes miss out on their formal graduation ceremonies,” said Senator Sweeney, D-Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem. “This legislation would allow special education students, who have gone through four years of high school, to stand with their fellow classmates at graduation.”