Current Status Bill Number:
1330Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 19960404Primary Sponsor: ReeseAll Sponsors: ReeseDrafted Document Number: jic\5381sd.96Residing Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Education Committee 04 SEDSubject: High school diploma, twenty-four units required
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TO AMEND SECTION 59-39-100, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF UNITS REQUIRED FOR A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEGINNING WITH THE SCHOOL YEAR 1999-2000, THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF UNITS REQUIRED FOR A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA IS TWENTY-FOUR UNITS, AND TO SPECIFY THE COMPOSITION OF THE ADDITIONAL UNITS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 59-39-100 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 59-39-100. Diplomas issued to graduates of accredited high schools within this State must be uniform in every respect and particularly as to color, size, lettering, and marking. The number of units required for a state high school diploma is twenty units as prescribed by the State Board of Education. Beginning in the 1986-87 academic year, a minimum of 3 three units must be earned in mathematics and a minimum of 2 two units must be earned in science.
One unit in computer science, if approved by the State Department of Education for this purpose, may be counted toward the mathematics requirement.
Students who earn one unit in science and six or more units in a specific occupational service area will meet the science requirements for a state high school diploma. Vocational programs operating on a 3-2-1 structure may count prevocational education as one of the six required units.
Beginning with school year 1999-2000, the minimum number of units required for a high school diploma is twenty-four units as prescribed by the State Board of Education, with one additional unit required in mathematics, science, and English. One unit of the mathematics requirement must be computer science. Additionally, one unit rather than one-half unit is required in economics and in government."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.