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Central Oregon schools fall below special ed graduation goal

Posted April 10

— State officials say less than 75 percent of special education students at the five largest central Oregon school districts are graduating within four years.

The Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/2ok4Mdj ) data from the 2014-15 school year shows Sisters School District has a 64 percent graduation rate for its special education programs, followed by Bend-La Pine school at 63 percent and Redmond School District at 48 percent. Crook County and Jefferson County had the lowest rates, with 35 percent and 29 percent.

The Oregon Department of Education released the numbers last week. Special education students are defined as students with an individualized education plan.

Executive Director of special programs for Bend-La Pine Schools Sean Rinehart say the state's report cards do not factor in students who earn GEDs or alternative certificates.

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