senate Bill S7355

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires that academic credit toward a high school diploma be given for practical experience gained outside of school during high school

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May 14, 2014 referred to education

S7355 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง305, Ed L

S7355 - Bill Texts

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Requires that academic credit toward a high school diploma be given for practical experience gained outside of school during high school.

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BILL NUMBER:S7355

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
providing academic credit toward a high school diploma for practical
experience

PURPOSE:

To allow high school students interested in gaining outside work experi-
ence the opportunity to do so while earning credit towards graduation.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1. of the bill amends sections 305 of the education law by
adding a new subdivision 52 that provides for the commissioner to create
rules for earning academic credit for practical experience toward all
types of high school diplomas. These credits shall include internships
and other learning experiences that occur outside of school that relate
to experience and knowledge in an academic discipline or trade.

JUSTIFICATION:

In the current job market, employers want experienced applicants.
However, many high school graduates are not provided or given credit for
any type of training or hands-on experience during their primary educa-
tion. Currently, NYS high schools have a focus on college readiness, but
students who are interested in other career paths are not always given
an opportunity or incentive to acquire practical experience. This legis-
lation will compliment the current job market by allowing high school
students to earn credits for meaningful work experience in hopes of
better preparing them to enter the workforce.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Undetermined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the first September next succeeding the
date on which it shall have become law.

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

                                  7355

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 14, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  FELDER -- 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  providing  academic
  credit toward a high school diploma for practical experience

  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 52 to read as follows:
  52. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY RULE OF  THE  REGENTS  TO  THE  CONTRARY,  THE
COMMISSIONER  SHALL  PROMULGATE  RULES  PROVIDING ACADEMIC CREDIT, WHICH
SHALL BE UTILIZED IN THE AWARDING OF ALL TYPES OF HIGH SCHOOL  DIPLOMAS,
FOR  PRACTICAL  EXPERIENCE  RECEIVED  BY  STUDENTS WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL.
SUBJECT TO THE RULES OF THE COMMISSIONER, PRACTICAL  EXPERIENCE  MAY  BE
DEEMED  TO SATISFY REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF AN ACADEMIC
COURSE OF INSTRUCTION, RELATED TO SUCH EXPERIENCE,  WHICH  IS  NECESSARY
FOR  THE  AWARDING OF A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA.  PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE SHALL
INCLUDE INTERNSHIPS AND OTHER LEARNING EXPERIENCES WHICH  OCCUR  OUTSIDE
OF  SCHOOL,  AND  WHICH  PROVIDE EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE IN AN ACADEMIC
DISCIPLINE OR A TRADE.
  S 2. This act shall  take  effect  on  the  first  of  September  next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13944-02-4

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