Birch School revamps vocational program for intellectually disabled students

INTEGRATED CLASS: Coach Paul Rao, left, and coach Michael Diorio, right, work with students in an integrated physical education class at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence.   
 / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI
INTEGRATED CLASS: Coach Paul Rao, left, and coach Michael Diorio, right, work with students in an integrated physical education class at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence. 
 / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI
Providence officials are hoping a recent court decision puts to rest the tarnished history of the Harold H. Birch Vocational School. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act at the Birch School, located within Mount Pleasant High School in Providence. A Justice Department investigation…

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