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Media Contacts:
Gracemarie Rozea, President
Kyle McCauley Belokopitsky, Esq., Executive Director
518-452-8808 (office)
518-817-3017 (cell)

December 11, 2017 (Albany) – We are highly pleased that the State Education Department has recognized that we need more and different pathways to graduations and success for our students.

Today’s announcement that the Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential can be used to seek a superintendent determination for graduation is a big step forward for many of our students with disabilities.

“This is a great step forward to ensuring each and every child receives a meaningful diploma option that leads to a successful career or college experience,” Gracemarie Rozea, President of NYS PTA, offered.

“We look forward to working with our state education department and other stakeholders to make every child’s potential a reality, and are pleased to see this movement forward to support ALL children,” added Kyle Belokopitsky, Executive Director of NYS PTA.

NYS PTA will comment in favor of this regulation, and hopes that the final regulation and future work on this issue continues to support children.

Find the full message from the State Education Department here.