Parents, advocates and legislators met Wed. 5/26 to develop strategies to support these students. Assembly Members Abinanti and Miller led the group, sharing conversations that they had that day with Education Commissioner Rosa on NYSED's responsibility to increase action on the direction that they clearly shared with all superintendents in New York State. NYS PTA Executive Director Kyle Belokopitsky expressed strong support for this action, and promised to continue her conversations with Commissioner Rosa in order to help parents and students.
The NYSED 4/13/2021 to NYS Superintendents memo regarding 21+ exiting students states:
"We must do everything possible to continue to support our most vulnerable students and their families through these incredibly challenging times. As we stressed to you last school year, giving these young adults that have worked so hard for so long the opportunity to complete their schooling and transition to the next step in their lives will benefit them, their families, and the communities in which they live and work – this is what they deserve and again we urge you to offer them this opportunity."