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Article - Education


    (a)    In this section, “homeless youth” has the meaning stated in the McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

    (b)    The promotion of students in a public school and graduation from a public high school shall be in accordance with:

        (1)    Except as provided in subsection (d) of this section, policies established by the county board; and

        (2)    The rules and regulations of the State Board.

    (c)    (1)    Each student who graduates from a public high school shall receive the same type of diploma or certificate, regardless of the high school attended or the course taken.

        (2)    The diploma or certificate shall state that the student has completed a program of studies satisfactorily in accordance with the requirements of the State Board.

    (d)    (1)    Subject to paragraph (2) of this subsection, a county board shall waive all high school graduation requirements, including required coursework, established by the county board that are in addition to the high school graduation requirements established by the State Board for a student in foster care or who is a homeless youth, if the student while in grade 11 or 12 transfers into the local school system from a different local school system in the State.

        (2)    A county board may not waive the requirements under paragraph (1) of this subsection if the county board makes a finding that the student is reasonably able to complete the county high school graduation requirements in time to graduate from high school while the student remains eligible for foster care benefits.

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