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NY education officials schedule public meetings to talk about graduation requirements

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New York state education officials have announced a series of regional meetings to get feedback on what should go into a high school diploma.

The announcement comes from the New York State Education Department, and the Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s educational system.

Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa says they want to make sure that every child has equitable access to the highest educational opportunities and services. “By asking parents, educators, students, community members, business organizations and others for input during every step of the graduation measure review process, we will ensure we hear diverse viewpoints from every region of the state,” Rosa said.

Among the questions that state officials would like to see local residents discuss, are what do they want students to know before they graduate and how should students have to demonstrate that knowledge?

The state also wants to know how measures of achievement accurately reflect the knowledge and skills of special populations, including students with disabilities and English language learners.

Among the local meetings that will be held is one on February 13th at Monroe-2 Orleans Boces in Spencerport and another on March 5th at East High School in Rochester. Both sessions run from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Those meetings will also be conferenced in with a satellite connection to other locations in the area.  You can get more information about the meetings here.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.