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.
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 eligible 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 dedication 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 Vietnam War to avail themselves of this opportunity. With the veterans unemployment approaching 20% in New York State, it is imperative that veteran' 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 civilian life.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S. 6741 - Referred to Education
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3399 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE 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