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Welcome back everyone this young man.
Has overcome his autism to excel in the classroom getting eighties and -- and he's ready to graduate high school this week.
But he's fighting for that diploma.
Seventeen year old Sinclair copper has not been able to pass one math tests at the state of Georgia requires the school board won't let him week to -- like other students with disabilities and haven't told the family why.
Joining me now is Sinclair sister -- Good morning to the -- Good morning Gretchen so I know your your fighting for the rights of your younger brother who seventeen.
To be able to walk through graduation upcoming and get a real diploma what's stopping him.
Well what's stopping him it is the fact that he has been unable to pass -- math requirement.
On to graduate.
That's -- part in the state of Georgia.
However he has completed.
Every class that he's been asked to his grades are very -- as you stated before.
A zombies it's just this last component that he's -- able to master.
And now there is a process.
Where you can go to the school board and you can ask for a waiver if you have a disability.
And in some cases they grant that -- so that the kids actually get the real graduation diploma in some cases they don't what do they tell you.
Well they haven't told us anything and I think that's where the frustration comes and because the process seems entirely secretive.
No one from that Georgia Department of Education has reached out to explain the process.
And from a -- my understanding is that that there are other parents just like.
My mom and.
Who have students just like my brother.
Who have no answers.
And it's just this such a frustrating process let me see if this helps clarify -- for you this is the statement from the Georgia school board.
Our state schools superintendent ran on several platforms one being doing away with the Georgia high school graduation test because of situations like this one.
However this student fell under the old rule while this situation is very unfortunate it's not unique many students have weavers turned down.
-- that explain it to that it sounds like he's being grandfathered in in a negative way to the old way of doing business in Georgia.
-- that that's exactly.
Again that that's exactly why we're so dismayed at the -- The decision.
Next year the test is not required and it just happens that Sinclair.
For the year he was -- in the year he inner high school he have to endure this when there will be other students coming just the year after him about.
-- all right so so just to be clear for our viewers he will be able to walk through the graduation process with cap and gown and go up on stage and received a piece of Paper.
But it will not -- the official piece of Paper that says he's graduated from high school correct.
Yet it will either be a certificate of attendance or certificate of completion.
And it's just it's not the same but it is a testament to his accomplishments.
And what I would like for you to now and the state board of -- -- now is that Sinclair is committed.
To taking the test as many times -- he needs to and studying for it that he really does want to pass on his own merits.
Wow well we wish him the best and hopefully get some resolution in your fight -- coffer.
Who is Sinclair is older sister thanks so much for being my -- Thank you.
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