Governor Mary Fallin signs bill aimed at helping special eduation students graduate high school

OKLAHOMA CITY - Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill Monday aimed at making it easier for children in special education programs to receive their high school diploma.

The family of recent Broken Arrow graduate Mary Washer was there to see it signed into law.

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House Bill 1756 allows school districts to award diplomas to disabled students, even if they don't pass key exams.

"House Bill 1756 would have been Mary's saving grace," said Angela Chada, Washer's mother.  "It would have made it regardless of what the state department tried to do, Mary would have got her diploma based on what her real progress was."

The bill was authored by Rep. Jadine Nollan, R-Sand Springs.

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