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Tell NYS how it should change graduation requirements

New York State Education Commissioner David Steiner is headed to the Buffalo area this week -- and he wants to hear from you.

Specifically, he wants to hear what you think about how the state should change its high school graduation requirements.

Steiner and King You're invited to a forum at 5 p.m. Thursday at Erie 1 BOCES, 355 Harlem Road, West Seneca, to hear a brief presentation from Steiner and then break into small groups to tackle questions about what students should be required to do to get a diploma.

(The folks at BOCES ask that you call ahead to register with Denise Polanski at 716-821-7002, so they can have appropriate materials ready that evening.)

Update, as of Tuesday evening: All the available seats for the forum have been reserved. But you can still share your opinions through the online survey (details below).

Some questions to get you started thinking:

How many credits should be required for graduation?

Should students be able to use credits from a career and technical course to count toward their graduation requirements?

What should the passing grade be on Regents exams?

Should students be able to exercise some choice regarding which courses they take that count toward filling graduation requirements?

What allowances should be made for students with disabilities?

Thursday's session is the sixth of eight such regional forums across the state. Over the coming months, the Board of Regents will use the information it collects from these forums as it begins making decisions about how to revamp graduation requirements for high school students across the Empire State.

Can't make it to the forum? Take a few minutes to fill out this online survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R. (You have until midnight Feb. 18 to submit the online survey.)

- Mary Pasciak

E-mail me at mpasciak@buffnews.com or follow me on Follow  SchoolZoneBlog on Twitter Twitter. Check out the Buffalo News' education page at www.buffalonews.com/schools.

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