• Petitioned The Rhode Island Department Of Elementary And Secondary Education

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The Rhode Island Department Of Elementary And Secondary Education

Stop the new guidelines so special needs students can earn a diploma!

    1. Nicholas Lamperelli
    2. Petition by

      Nicholas Lamperelli

      Westerly, RI

This is important because these new guidelines will hurt all students that are classified as "special needs". These students will not receive a diploma like their peers, instead they will be given a "certificate" which will set them apart as different. This new way of earning your diploma is not fair or equal and in the end will only destroy the progress made to move special needs children forward in life. 

"These guidelines are just wrong. These kids work very hard to get through school and deserve appropriate recognition for it. These kids are people, they are very intelligent and have emotions...just like the rest of us. Many of them go on to lead productive adult lives, and having a high school diploma plays a very large role in that. They deserve to be awarded the degree that they work to achieve." - Ashley Ellis


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Elizabeth Jarvis WESTERLY, RI
      • about 2 years ago

      My granddaugher is currently in a transitional kindergarten class because she is in the autism spectrum but highly functional. I want her to feel the accomplishment of a high school diploma and not just a certificate. She works very hard and has an excellent teacher and family support behind her.

    • Richard Murphy JAMESTOWN, RI
      • about 2 years ago

      It is important to make significant distinctions among the special needs students; not all of them have serious educational problems beyond difficulty of focus. We need to teach those who can move up the educational ladder.

    • Jessica Pierre CRANSTON, RI
      • about 2 years ago

      As an educator and advocate for children, I believe all children have the right to equal opportunity in education. Therefore, I do not think students who receive special education services should be marginalized in regard to receiving a diploma like all other students. Having a "certificate" would not look favorable to colleges and even some employers. Let's keep education equal for all.

    • Margaret Reid BARRINGTON, RI
      • about 2 years ago

      Special needs students work harder than anyone else to get up every day and go to school. To create a system where some portion of them will be denied diplomas, on the basis of wrongfully used *assessment measures* designed to assess school systems rather than individuals is both discriminatory and cruel.

    • Gina Allen WARWICK, RI
      • about 2 years ago

      Because my son is in a special needs class and he deserves a diploma for working so hard


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