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.
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.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 561 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (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 PROVIDESEXPLANATION--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.