Former students who were denied graduation because they failed to pass the Georgia High School Graduation Test, may now petition the board of education for eligibility to receive their diploma.
This morning, several organizations- including the Savannah Chatham County Public School System, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, and the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce- met on the steps of the school board to talk about the passage of GA House Bill 91 and its impact on our community.
Savannah Chatham County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas B. Lockamy says this is an opportunity for students to get their high school diploma so they can move on to potentially brighter futures.
“It’s very difficult to get a job or to do anything without a high school diploma,” Lockamy says. “So, this gives many of our families an opportunity to go to the world of work because now they can get better jobs because they can have their diploma and present it to their employer.”
The law retroactively eliminates the GHSGT as a graduation requirement for students who took the test.
In 2011, The State Board of Education eliminated the test as a requirement for graduation, but it did not extend to students prior to that time.
Dr. Lockamy says as many as 14,000 former Chatham County students maybe impacted.
So far, of the 1,000 applications already submitted, 739 have been processed and approved.