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Substantial Equivalency

The New York State Education Department will hold regional stakeholder engagement meetings to gather input from the religious and independent school community, as well as their counterparts in public schools, to inform policy decisions related to the substantial equivalence of instruction in nonpublic schools as required by Education Law Section 3204(2). The Department’s goal is to develop a culturally-sensitive and efficient process by which local school authorities and the Commissioner, where required, can determine that children are receiving the education to which they are entitled within the diverse school settings in New York State.

Regional Meetings
The New York State Education Department conducted five virtual regional meetings, in addition to other forms of outreach to communities that may not utilize the internet. A sixth virtual meeting engaged current nonpublic students, parents, and alumni from across the state.