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My daughter Kristin Ranon, who is a student with special needs

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my daughter Kristin Ranon, who is a student with special needs (autism spectrum),is graduating from Waipahu high school a public school in Hawaii at the end of this month along with the other students both regular ed and special ed to be held at the neal blaisdel center. My question is does the school have the right to have the students with special needs sit separately from the rest of the graduating class? the students are to be called in alphabetic order and the graduates with special needs are to be escorted by another student. is it fair for the school to separate the students based on their placement and have separate sections for regular ed and special ed?...concerned parent
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Education Law
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Kristin is a special education student graduating from Waipahu high school, a public school in Hawaii. Please help me to determine if the school is violating any Special Education Laws by having the students sit in separate sections based on if the student is a regular education student or a special education student. The students will be called up to receive their diploma in alphabetical order. I need an answer asap and if it is unlawful how do I go about making a complaint or what options do I have as a parent. thank you Customer
Expert:  Dwayne B. replied 2 years ago.
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