senate Bill S3399

Authorizes and directs the commissioner of education to develop a program for certain veterans to receive high school diplomas

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  • 01 / Feb / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Authorizes and directs the commissioner of education to develop a program for veterans who served on or after January 1, 1973 to receive high school diplomas.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2081
Versions:
S3399
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง305, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S6741, A9872

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BILL NUMBER:S3399

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
authorizing and directing the commissioner of education to develop a
program for certain veterans to receive high school diplomas

PURPOSE: This legislation would extend the program Operation Recognition
to provide the opportunity to receive high school diplomas for certain
veterans not currently covered under current law.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends Section 305 of the education law by adding
a new subdivision 29-c which directs the commissioner of education to
develop a program whereby any veteran who joined the armed forces after
January 1st of 1973 prior to graduation from high school would be eligi-
ble to receive a high school diploma based on their military service.
The legislation would require a veteran to produce a form DD-214 or
other proof of honorable discharge.

EXISTING LAW: Under Section 305 of the education law there is a
provision known as Operation Recognition, which recognizes the dedi-
cation and sacrifice of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam veterans who joined
military service prior to graduation from high school by awarding them a
high school diploma. The applicant must be a resident of New York State
and must have received an honorable discharge.

JUSTIFICATION: Very often, individuals enlist in the armed forces prior
to graduating from high school. This legislation seeks to also include
all veterans who enlisted in military service after the end of the Viet-
nam War to avail themselves of this opportunity. With the veterans unem-
ployment approaching 20% in New York State, it is imperative that veter-
an' be given every opportunity to become eligible for college or
training programs or to seek employment. The expansion of this important
program would honor their service and sacrifice while assisting them to
prepare to become economically self sufficient as they return to civil-
ian life.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S. 6741 - Referred to Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3399

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. ADDABBO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN ACT to amend the  education  law,  in  relation  to  authorizing  and
  directing  the  commissioner  of  education  to  develop a program for
  certain veterans to receive high school diplomas

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 305 of the education law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 29-c to read as follows:
  29-C.  THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DEVELOP A PROGRAM WHEREBY ANY VETERAN OF
THE ARMED FORCES WHO SERVED ON OR AFTER JANUARY FIRST, NINETEEN  HUNDRED
SEVENTY-THREE  AND WHO WAS UNABLE, FOR ANY REASON, TO COMPLETE A SECOND-
ARY EDUCATION, MAY BE AWARDED A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA BASED  ON  KNOWLEDGE
AND EXPERIENCE GAINED WHILE IN SERVICE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00025-01-3

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