Bill S3957-2013

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

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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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • Feb 28, 2013: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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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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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3957 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE 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.

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