Special Diploma Bill Passes Senate

Feb 2, 2012

A bill that would grant special-needs students a diploma instead of a certificate of completion for graduating high school unanimously passed the Senate on Wednesday. The alternative high school diploma is mainly an honorary gesture and wouldn’t change the students’ graduation requirements, and employers will still be able to tell that a graduate has certain limitations, said Senate Bill 43 sponsor Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown. However, Parrett said calling the accolade a diploma instead of certificate will help improve special-needs students’ self-esteem.