The New York State Blue Ribbon Commission on Graduation Measures invites you to respond to a new ThoughtExchange question:

“Foundational skills, like initiative, time management, and collaboration, are shown to prepare students for school, college, career, civic engagement, and life, and are priorities of the business world. How can these skills be fostered and encouraged in K-12 education?”

Participate in the discussion via ThoughtExchange.

The deadline to respond is March 17, 2023. Thank you for your participation!

For those who are unfamiliar with the Commission, the NYS Education Department and the Board of Regents set up a Graduation Measures Blue Ribbon Commission to reevaluate the graduation requirements for public and registered private high schools in New York.  Homeschool New York applied to be part of this Commission, and Rob Snyder (President) was accepted by the Board of Regents to be one of the sixty-four members.  While the Commission’s work will purportedly not impact what we as homeschool families do to prepare our students for graduation, we felt it was an important opportunity to get involved, influence policy, bring our perspective to the conversation, and perhaps have a greater impact for homeschool freedom. 

As a Commission member, Rob Snyder has been asked to share the above link with his constituents (that’s you!) to collect feedback. It starts with questions about where you live and whether or not you “work” in education. You can answer this however you’d like, but they think that those who work in education have professional training to do a job. After that, you can indicate the various ways you work, including Parent and Other – feel free to elaborate in the Other box! Next comes the actual question, where you can share both what your idea is and why it is important.  You can share several ideas, if you’d like (as homeschoolers, you have thought more creatively about this question than most families, so please take a few minutes, click on the link above, and share your ideas!). After that, you can rate the ideas that others have shared already. Thanks in advance for your help!

A further explanation about why we think it’s important to participate:

  • This Commission has a potential impact on college admissions, which is already a challenging area for homeschoolers.
  • We strive to stay civically engaged as taxpaying residents of this state – our opinions should be represented and respected.
  • The NYS Education Department is moving in a direction of flexible and customizable graduation pathways – something homeschoolers have already been doing successfully. Our suggestions may actually be helpful!

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