Department Proposes Regulations for the

Substantial Equivalency of Instruction in Nonpublic Schools

 

Regulations Would Provide Multiple Pathways to

Nonpublic Schools to Demonstrate Substantial Equivalency of Instruction

Public Comments Accepted Through May 30, 2022

In new draft regulations, the New York State Education Department proposed multiple pathways for nonpublic schools to demonstrate the substantial equivalency of instruction for students to ensure that nonpublic school students receive the education to which they are entitled under the law, Commissioner Betty A. Rosa announced today.  The proposed regulations will be presented to the Board of Regents at its March meeting.

“Our state is rich in diversity, from our cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds to the languages we speak,” Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr. said. “These differences are assets that should be embraced so we can learn from each other. The Board and I are committed to ensuring students who attend school in settings consistent with their religious and cultural beliefs and values receive the education to which they are legally entitled.”

“We have an obligation under the law to ensure all students receive an education that enables them to fulfill their potential and teaches them the skills and knowledge needed to contribute to society and participate in civic life,” Commissioner Rosa said. “Through our robust stakeholder engagement over the past two years, we listened to all parties, and their feedback is reflected in our new proposed regulations.”

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