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Public Law Chapter 451: Chapter 451
H.P. 1296 - L.D. 1860
An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force To Engage Maine's Youth Regarding Successful School Completion
4. Department of Education diploma. The commissioner shall issue a Department of Education diploma as defined in section 5161, subsection 2 to a student who is unable to obtain a locally awarded diploma due to disruption of education resulting from homelessness, unplanned psychiatric hospitalization, unplanned hospitalization for a medical emergency, foster care placement, youth development center placement or some other out-of-district placement that is not otherwise authorized by either an individualized education plan or other education plan or a superintendent's agreement developed in accordance with section 5205, subsection 2.
Sec. 2. 20-A MRSA §4722, sub-§3, as amended by PL 2005, c. 662, Pt. A, §9, is further amended to read:
3. Satisfactory completion. A diploma may be awarded to secondary school students who have satisfactorily completed all diploma requirements in accordance with the academic standards of the school administrative unit and this chapter. All secondary school students must work toward achievement of the content standards of the system of learning results established pursuant to section 6209. Children with disabilities, as defined in section 7001, subsection 1-A, who successfully meet the content standards of the system of learning results in addition to any other diploma requirements applicable to all secondary school students, as specified by the goals and objectives of their individualized education plans, may be awarded a high school diploma. Career and technical students may, with the approval of the commissioner, satisfy the 2nd-year math and science, the 2nd-year social studies and the fine arts requirements of subsection 2 through separate or integrated study within the career and technical school curriculum.
Students who experience education disruption, as defined in section 5001-A, subsection 4, paragraph F, who successfully demonstrate achievement of the content standards of the system of learning results in addition to any other diploma requirements applicable to secondary school students as set forth in their school work recognition plans as defined in section 5161, subsection 6 must, with the approval of the commissioner, be awarded a Department of Education diploma as defined in section 5161, subsection 2.
Sec. 3. 20-A MRSA §5001-A, sub-§4, D, as enacted by PL 1983, c. 806, §49, is amended to read:
Sec. 4. 20-A MRSA §5001-A, sub-§4, E, as enacted by PL 1983, c. 806, §49, is amended to read:
Sec. 5. 20-A MRSA §5001-A, sub-§4, F is enacted to read:
Sec. 6. 20-A MRSA c. 211, sub-c. 5 is enacted to read:
§ 5162. School work recognition plan
Individual educational materials such as curricula and assignments must be made available to the interim placement as soon as possible but no later than 5 school days after the interim placement of the student; otherwise, an academic programming waiver must be signed by the sending school in which the sending school agrees to accept the academic programming implemented at the interim placement and to document on the student's transcript the credits earned by the student at the receiving school.
For every student who experiences education disruption, receiving school professional staff must be assigned to ensure the complete transfer of all records, grades and credits and all academic material, including an academic programming waiver, if applicable, from the sending school to the receiving school no later than 5 school days after the student enrolls in the receiving school.
Sec. 7. 20-A MRSA §6001-B, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2001, c. 452, §14, is further amended to read:
Students with I.E.P.’s: A “school work recognition plan” is not necessary for a child whose transition plan in their I.E.P. clearly identifies their requirements for graduation.
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