NY now requiring high schools to publicize AP offerings, have student governments

Posted 7 September 2023 at 3:10 pm

Press Release, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Office

Governor Kathy Hochul today signed legislation to help high school students succeed – both in and out of the classroom.

Legislation (A.514-A/S.5650-A) ensures parents and students receive information on what advanced placement courses are offered, how to enroll in them, and the benefits of participation.

Legislation (S.1732/A.6091) establishes peer selected student governments either in high schools or district-wide where there currently are none.

This is Governor Hochul’s latest commitment to New York’s students as they head back to school, building on multiple announcements this week to expand and support a diverse teacher workforce, expand childcare centers at SUNY campuses, and ensure school districts and BOCES have Covid-19 tests and masks available.

“Education is the great equalizer for young New Yorkers,” Hochul said. “This legislation proves that we’re not just changing policy – we are creating environments where every family has the knowledge to best support their kids on their educational journey and students have the opportunity to practice civic engagement through opportunities in their own classroom.”

Legislation (A.514-A/S.5650-A) amends the education law to require all school districts and charter schools to provide information to parents and students about the availability and benefits of Advanced Placement (AP) courses in the school on an annual basis.

Such notices shall include the benefits of participating in AP courses, a description of the courses offered in the current and following school years by a district or charter school and how to prepare and enroll in them, as well as a description of the academic and non-academic support the district or charter school provides, including financial assistance relating to the cost of participating in AP courses. Such notice must be provided electronically or by mail and be posted on the website of the district or charter school.

Legislation (S.1732/A.6091) amends the education law to require that student governments in high schools or district wide are established where they currently do not exist. The board of education or trustees of every school district serving high school students in grades nine through 12 with no districtwide or school building peer selected student government must establish a student government system.