senate Bill S3957

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Authorizes and requires the board of regents to set acceptable standards for the issuance of diplomas to students who are homeschooled

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S3957 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5544
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
A9680A

S3957 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes and requires the board of regents to set acceptable standards for the issuance of diplomas to students who are homeschooled.

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BILL NUMBER:S3957

TITLE OF BILL: An act relating to authorizing and requiring the board
of regents to set acceptable standards for the issuance of diplomas to
students who are homeschooled

PURPOSE: To authorize and require the Board of Regents to set
standards for the issuance of high school diplomas to home schooled
students who complete a high school curriculum, and meet all of the
preset standards for high school graduation by the local high school
diploma granting authority.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Notwithstanding any law, rule or regulation,
the Board of Regents is authorized and required to set acceptable
standards for the issuance of high school diplomas to students who are
home schooled. The Board of Regents must insure and shall require that
high school diplomas granted to students who are home schooled are
acceptable Proof to all higher education institutions licensed and
accredited to operate in New York State, of the successful completion
of an approved course of learning up to the twelfth grade level.

JUSTIFICATION: For all students who work hard and fulfill the required
courses of study to complete a high school curriculum, a high school
diploma is a universally accepted symbol of this achievement. To the
student and his or her family, a high school diploma is much more than
a document. It is an educational accomplishment that says a student
has met the standards set by our state in order to be recognized as
having completed a high school education.

For students who complete their education in traditional public or
private schools, a high school diploma is presented to them at annual
graduation ceremonies. However, home schooled students, even though
they must meet and complete equivalent high school educational
standards set by their local school boards or other appropriate local
authorities, do not receive a high school diploma or an acceptable
equivalent as proof of their successful completion of high school.
Home schooled students who do not receive a high school diploma must
take and pass a General Equivalency Exam in order to receive a
Certificate of High School Equivalency for use in gaining acceptance
into college.

Home schooling is recognized and allowed by our state laws and
Constitution. Parents who choose home schooling for their children
should not be subjected to the denial of a high school diploma for
their children even though they have met the curriculum standards set
by local authorities for the completion of a high school education.

Enactment of this bill will remove this discriminatory practice and
allow students who are home schooled the same reward for their
educational achievements as students who have successfully completed
public and private school, a high school diploma that provides access
to a higher education.

LEGISLATIVE; HISTORY: 2011-2012 A.9680A

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.


EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

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

                                  3957

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 28, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT relating to authorizing and requiring the board of regents to set
  acceptable standards for the issuance of diplomas to students who  are
  homeschooled

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

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as  "The  Home-
schooled Graduate High School Diploma Act".
  S  2. Notwithstanding any law, rule or regulation to the contrary, the
board of regents of the state of  New  York  is  hereby  authorized  and
required  to  set  acceptable  standards for the issuance of high school
diplomas to students who are homeschooled. The  board  of  regents  must
insure  and  shall require that such diplomas are acceptable as proof of
completion of an approved course of learning up  to  the  twelfth  grade
level  by  all  higher education institutions licensed and accredited to
operate in the state of New York.  All diplomas issued pursuant to  this
act  shall  be  equivalent in all regards to the generally-accepted high
school diploma issued pursuant to the authority of the board of regents.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00013-01-3

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