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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO. 75
POLICY CODE: IKFC
TO: Superintendents of Schools, High School Principals, Headmasters of Select Private Schools, School Board Chairs
FROM: J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner
DATE: May 18, 2001
RE: LD 21, P.L. 2001, Chapter 85, An Act to Allow the Awarding of High School Diplomas to Veterans of World War II and the Korean Conflict
The Legislature has enacted, and the Governor has signed, the above referenced legislation. The provisions of the bill (attached), which became effective immediately upon the Governor’s signature provides that a secondary school may award a high school diploma to a person who:
· Attended the secondary school or attended a secondary school in the geographic area now served by the secondary school.
· Currently resides in the geographic area served by that secondary school no matter where the veteran attended secondary school.
· Left secondary school to serve in the armed forces before or during World War II or the Korean Conflict.
· Did not graduate or receive a high school diploma because of such service.
· Received an honorable discharge or a certificate of honorable service from the Armed Services.
A veteran or the veteran’s family, must apply to the secondary school for the diploma.
The diploma may be awarded posthumously.
This is a wonderful opportunity for high school students to learn and appreciate local veterans and to recognize the contributions they have made and sacrifices they endured in the service and defense of their country.
If you have questions or need further information regarding this matter, please contact Edwin (Buzz) Kastuck at (207) 624-6773.
(Signed by the Governor May 8, 2001)
H.P. 21 - L.D. 21
An Act to Allow the Awarding of High School Diplomas to
Veterans of World War II and the Korean Conflict
Emergency preamble. Whereas, Acts of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, graduation will have passed by the time the Legislature adjourns; and
Whereas, this legislation needs to be an emergency in order to allow diplomas to be awarded before the end of the current school year; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §4722, sub-§6 is enacted to read:
6. Exception for certain veterans. A secondary school may award a high school diploma to a person who meets all of the following requirements. A diploma may be awarded posthumously.
A. The person or the person's family must apply to the secondary school for the diploma.
B. The person must either:
(1) Have attended the secondary school or attended a secondary school in the geographic area now served by the secondary school; or
(2) Currently reside in the geographic area served by the secondary school.
C. The person must have left secondary school either:
(1) Before or during World War II to serve in the Armed Forces during World War II; or
(2) Before or during the Korean Conflict to serve in the Armed Forces in the Korean Conflict.
D. The person did not graduate or receive a high school diploma because of service in the Armed Forces.
E. The person received an honorable discharge or a certificate of honorable service from the Armed Forces.
For purposes of this subsection, "Armed Forces" means the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard; and the Merchant Marines only for the period of December 7, 1941 to August 16, 1945.