Current Status Bill Number:
1031Ratification Number: 295Act Number: 274Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 19980212Primary Sponsor: MartinAll Sponsors: Martin, Alexander, Bryan and WaldrepDrafted Document Number: gjk\21182sd.98Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19980310Date of Last Amendment: 19980305Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19980407Subject: STAR diploma, requirements for high school graduates, honors courses; Schools and School Districts, Curriculum
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 19980423 Act No. A274 ------ 19980407 Signed by Governor ------ 19980401 Ratified R295 House 19980310 Concurred in Senate amendment, enrolled for ratification Senate 19980305 House amendments amended, returned to House with amendment House 19980220 Read third time, returned to Senate with amendment House 19980219 Read second time, unanimous consent for third reading on the next Legislative day House 19980219 Amended House 19980218 Introduced, read first time, placed on Calendar without reference Senate 19980218 Read third time, sent to House Senate 19980217 Read second time Senate 19980212 Introduced, read first time, placed on Calendar without referenceView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A274, R295, S1031)
AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT FOR THE 1997-98 AND 1998-99 SCHOOL YEARS ONLY, GRADUATING SENIORS FROM HIGH SCHOOL WHO HAVE COMPLETED TWENTY-TWO UNITS OF CREDIT SHALL BE GRANTED A WAIVER FROM THE NEW COMPUTER SCIENCE UNIT OR THE FOURTH MATHEMATICS UNIT, OR BOTH, REQUIRED FOR A STAR DIPLOMA, PROVIDED ALL OTHER REQUIREMENTS ARE MET; AND TO AMEND SECTION 59-39-105, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO STAR DIPLOMAS AND THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A STAR DIPLOMA, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT HONORS COURSES SHALL BE INCLUDED, ALONG WITH ADVANCED PLACEMENT AND INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE COURSES, IN THOSE COURSES WHERE GRADE POINT AVERAGES ARE ADJUSTED TO REFLECT GREATER DIFFICULTY.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Waiver of certain requirements
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 59-39-105 of the 1976 Code relating to the requirements for a STAR diploma, for the 1997-98 and 1998-99 school years only, graduating seniors from high school who have completed twenty-two units of credit shall be granted a waiver from the new computer science unit or the fourth mathematics unit, or both, required by Section 59-39-105 for a STAR diploma, provided all other requirements are met. These graduating seniors shall be entitled also to a STAR scholarship as provided in Section 59-39-180.
Honors courses adjusted
SECTION 2. Section 59-39-105 of the 1976 Code, as added by Section 17A, Act 155 of 1997, is amended by adding at the end:
For purposes of this section, honors courses shall be included, along with advanced placement and international baccalaureate courses, in those courses where grade point averages are adjusted to reflect greater difficulty.
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 7th day of April, 1998.