senate Bill S561

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to admission of institutions of higher education for pupils receiving a home instruction education or a non-public school program

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S561 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง312-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S944

S561 - Bill Texts

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Relates to admission of institutions of higher education for pupils receiving home instruction; prohibits the commissioner from requiring pupils who have completed the requirements of a home school education or a non-public school program to obtain or submit proof of having obtained a general education development certificate or any accredited diploma.

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BILL NUMBER:S561

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to admission into institutions
of higher education for pupils receiving home instruction

PURPOSE:
Relates to admission to institutions of higher education for pupils
receiving a home school education or a non-public school program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
This bill amends the education law by adding a new section 312-a which
establishes fair practices for home school applicants.

JUSTIFICATION:
Home schooling restrictions in New York State create many difficulties
for those home schooling parents and their students who wish to
advance to institutions of higher education. In effect, these
restrictions undermine the validity of home schooling and serve to
discrimination against a legitimate educational choice. While there
are other measures which attempt to simplify New York State home
schooling regulations in order to reduce home schooling
administrative burdens, this bill establishes fair practices for
those home schooled applicants who seek admittance into institutions
of higher education.

Recently, a student at the Monroe County Community College -- who was
only a semester away from receiving his degree -- had his admission
revoked because he was home schooled for his high school education.
This bill would ensure that a situation like that would not happen
again, and at the same time it would strengthen the legitimacy of
home schooling.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
01/09/08 REFERRED TO EDUCATION

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first of September next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.

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

                                   561

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ROBACH -- 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 admission into  insti-
  tutions of higher education for pupils receiving home instruction

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

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section  312-a
to read as follows:
  S 312-A. FAIR PRACTICES FOR HOME SCHOOL APPLICANTS. 1. THE COMMISSION-
ER  SHALL  NOT  REQUIRE  A PUPIL WHO HAS COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS OF A
HOME INSTRUCTION EDUCATION OR A NON-PUBLIC SCHOOL PROGRAM, AND  WHO  HAS
SUBMITTED  TEST SCORES AND OTHER ADMISSIONS MATERIAL USED BY POST-SECON-
DARY INSTITUTIONS THAT QUALIFY THE PUPIL FOR ADMISSION TO AN INSTITUTION
OF HIGHER EDUCATION, TO OBTAIN OR SUBMIT  PROOF  OF  HAVING  OBTAINED  A
GENERAL EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE OR ANY ACCREDITED DIPLOMA.
  2.  A  PUPIL  WHO HAS COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS OF A HOME INSTRUCTION
EDUCATION OR NON-PUBLIC PROGRAM SHALL BE REQUIRED TO PRESENT A NOTARIZED
TRANSCRIPT, WHICH DEMONSTRATES COMPLETION OF A HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION  IN
A  HOME  INSTRUCTION  OR  NON-PUBLIC SCHOOL SETTING, FOR ADMISSION TO AN
INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND SUCH TRANSCRIPT  SHALL  BE  ACCEPTED
AND  THE  PUPIL  ADMITTED  ON  AN EQUAL BASIS WITH ALL OTHER APPLICANTS,
REGARDLESS OF EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND.
  3. THE HOME INSTRUCTION OR NON-PUBLIC PROGRAM GRADUATE SHALL BE ELIGI-
BLE TO RECEIVE THEIR EARNED POST-SECONDARY DEGREE OR DIPLOMA  WHEN  THEY
HAVE  FULFILLED THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE POST-SECONDARY DEGREE OR PROGRAM
REQUIREMENTS AND SUCH DEGREE CANNOT BE WITHHELD.
  4. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION "INSTITUTION OF HIGHER  EDUCATION"
SHALL  MEAN  ANY INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION RECOGNIZED AND APPROVED
BY THE REGENTS OR THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK WHICH PROVIDES

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01986-01-1

S. 561                              2

A COURSE OF STUDY LEADING TO THE GRANTING OF A POST-SECONDARY DEGREE  OR
DIPLOMA.
  S  2.  This  act  shall  take  effect  on  the first of September next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law and shall  apply
to  undergraduate admissions to an institution of higher education for a
term or semester that begins on or after such date.

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