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August 21, 2019
To get a high school equivalency diploma, NYC forces students to give up special education services
“If you don’t have this degree there are very few options for you.”
June 24, 2019
‘I have to make a change’: 2,000 students use growing city program as an alternative path to a high school diploma
Carrillo gave school one more shot — a city program called Pathways to Graduation that prepares adults for the high school equivalency exam.
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March 10, 2019
New York Board of Regents to discuss students with disabilities, arts pathway to graduation
Details are scarce in the New York Board of Regents’ agenda for its March meeting, except that staff will give an overview of “New York State performance in serving students with disabilities and discuss initiatives intended to improve outcomes.”
a new path
February 15, 2017
Legislators join chorus of calls for new graduation options in New York state
Several legislators who latched onto an issue the State Education Department is currently tackling: How to find new, legitimate ways for students to graduate.
October 7, 2016
New York City students talk about voting — and Donald Trump
In the onslaught of campaign TV ads this presidential election season, you may have seen this one: children sit in front of a TV screen watching Donald Trump deliver divisive comments about immigrants, women and people with disabilities. The ad wraps up with a message: “Our children are watching.” Apparently, so are New York City teenagers. Chalkbeat caught up with a handful of students this week as they registered to vote for the first time at an event organized by the New York Immigration Coalition. The group visited schools across the five boroughs, making sure teens didn’t miss out on the chance to cast their first ballot. Here’s what three teens at Pathways to Graduation at Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, an alternative school for older students working toward a high school equivalency degree, had to say about registering to vote, presidential politics and their hopes for the future. Tyrone Alexis, 19, Canarsie Tyrone Alexis wasn’t planning to vote. Then he got a crash course in civics from the New York Immigration Coalition. “They just said that basically the world gave us opportunity,” he said. “That’s the only power we get towards the government.” That was enough to convince him. Now that he’s registered, Alexis said he feels empowered -- and plans to make voting a social affair. “My friends, they plan to vote. We’re going to go together,” he said. The first ballot he’ll cast will be for Hillary Clinton, Alexis said. He was swayed by revelations that Trump may have avoided paying federal income taxes for almost two decades, as reported by the New York Times. “Hillary thinks that people that make a lot of money should pay more taxes than the people who don’t make a lot of money,” he said. Also on his mind as he heads to the ballot box: what kinds of work will be available once he and his friends enter the labor market. “We should get more jobs,” Alexis said. “That’s a big impact on the generation now." Kevin Narcisse, 19, Brooklyn Kevin Narcisse was born in the U.S., but his parents are from Haiti. Though he described his mom as a regular voter, Narcisse himself has yet to cast a ballot. Trump's stance on immigration convinced him to change that. “He wants our people, our moms and dads, to go back to their country. And that’s why I’m voting for Hillary," he said. "I don’t want to see my mom and dad to go back to their country."
getting to graduation
January 11, 2016
Regents offer support for new diploma paths, with tweaks
New York education officials agreed Monday that they want to offer more ways to earn a high school diploma — but not on exactly how those new options should work.
January 10, 2016
Should a failed Regents exam mean a project-based second chance? Officials set to discuss
The Board of Regents will consider a series of measures on Monday that could shake up the way students across New York State earn a high school diploma.
December 5, 2013
GED hubs renamed, reflecting new test and upcoming deadline
Student Malik Peterson unveils the new name for the city's GED Plus centers, behind Chancellor Dennis Walcott. As a huge shift approaches for students who are looking to earn GEDs, Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced Thursday a few smaller changes to the system designed to help them. GED Plus, the name given to the city's preparation programs for students, was about to become an awkward moniker when the GED stops being administered in New York next year. Though that exam that has long been synonymous with a high school equivalency credential, the state will begin giving a new Common Core-aligned exam with a different name in 2014. So starting January 1, the student centers will be known as Pathways to Graduation, Walcott announced today. Five of those 62 locations will also host staff members from the Office of Adult and Continuing Education, allowing at least some of the students who age out of the Pathways to Graduation centers the chance to stay put as they continue trying to pass the exam. For the thousands of students enrolled right now, the name change also reflects their deadline for passing all of the GED's five component tests before the January switch to a new exam. At that point, students who had already passed portions of the GED exam will have to start from scratch.
May 23, 2012
Advocates seek last-minute extension of less rigorous diploma
Tougher graduation requirements almost two decades in coming are putting thousands of city students at risk of not earning a diploma this year. Advocates are asking the state to give more students more time before fully implementing more stringent graduation requirements, but city officials say educators and students have had plenty of time to prepare. For the first time, students in New York State will only be able to graduate with a Regents diploma, requiring they receive a 65 or above on at least five Regents exams. In the past, students could graduate with a local diploma, allowing them to receive a 55 on at least five exams. In the 1990s, state officials initiated a change to make requirements for the local diploma increasingly stringent, until it could be phased out. Last year, students were able to receive a local diploma by passing four Regents exams with a 65, and one with a 55. It's impossible to know how many students will be affected, but the Department of Education estimates that 10 percent of the city’s class of 2011— almost 8,000 students — received a local diploma.
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