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Ga. student fights graduation ceremony rules

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By KATHLEEN FOODY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia school district plans to review its requirements for walking in graduation ceremonies after a special education student learned he won't be able to participate this year.

Christopher Alderidge is a special education student who has brain injuries caused by several strokes. Alderidge says he has earned the credits needed to graduate from Allatoona High School but failed a required state science exam.

The 19-year-old is planning to retake the test this summer to earn his diploma but hoped he would still be allowed to participate in Friday's ceremony.

Cobb County School District officials said they can't discuss specific students but district policies require students to meet all graduation standards in order to be able walk on graduation day. They said they'll review the ceremony participation rules for future students.

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