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Disabling Diplomas: How NYC is Failing Its Special Education Students

Do diplomas count? Not if they're not recognized by colleges, employers, or even the military, argue researchers, policymakers, and education professionals who are concerned about the future of New York City's special education students. Most of the city's special education graduates receive a certificate that signifies only their completion of an Individualized Education program (IEP), and not a real diploma. But, as Beth Fertig reports in this WNYC radio series, such a certificate holds little value in the real world, and offers no guarantee that students can even read when they graduate.

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