LI parents press Regents chancellor on diploma changes – New York News

ALBANY — The state Board of Regents chancellor, confronted Monday by anxious Long Island parents at the panel’s meeting, assured them she will look into complaints that more teenagers are at risk of leaving high school without diplomas.

Chancellor Betty Rosa of the Bronx, in a brief exchange with mothers from more than a half-dozen Island school districts, said the board is preparing to launch discussions of a revamped statewide diploma system.

“Just know that tomorrow we are absolutely starting discussion of the diploma issue,” Rosa, a former bilingual instructor and community superintendent, told them. “And we are absolutely going to address that.”

The group of about 25 that traveled to Albany to press their case included residents of the Bellmore-Merrick, East Islip, East Meadow, North Babylon, Oceanside, Patchogue-Medford and Rockville Centre systems.

A major concern for parents of students struggling with the state’s recently strengthened Regents exams is that they will fail to meet minimum scoring requirements and receive high school “commencement credentials” rather than traditional diplomas.

The number of those students is relatively…

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