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