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Letter: Some need an alternative diploma

This is a first-grade classroom at Branch Brook

This is a first-grade classroom at Branch Brook Elementary School in Smithtown at the end of the day Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

I was very disappointed to read “Pitch to simplify graduation” [News, Nov. 15], about how the state Board of Regents is considering a recommendation to make a Regents diploma the sole credential awarded to high school graduates.

I don’t know what the board is thinking. Awarding a Regents diploma as the sole credential would leave out a large number of students who are in special education.

My children are no longer in school. My son had a documented learning disability and received a school-level diploma. It didn’t matter that he took sequential math three times, even with a two-period remediation class. He just couldn’t pass that class.

What is the Board of Regents saying about these students? Not issuing an alternative to a Regents diploma would be disgraceful and discriminatory. I hope this governing board rethinks this proposal.

Helene Finkelstein, Baldwin

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