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Low graduation rate for disabled students haunts Mississippi educators

from McClatchy DC

It took five years for Dawlton McMillan to finish high school in Holly Springs, Mississippi. The former special education student had learning disabilities in reading and writing that required her to take extra courses, outside speech therapy and alternative exit exams in order to complete high school. Along the way, her mother, Debbey McMillan, battled school officials to get her daughter the instruction and services she felt she needed. When Dawlton finally graduated in 2014, she not only fulfilled her mother’s dream but also became somewhat of a rarity in Mississippi: a special education student with a standard high school diploma. more

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