Bill S7355-2013

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

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

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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 experience 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 education. 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 legislation 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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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7355 IN SENATE 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.

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