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State of Arkansas

84th General Assembly A Bill

Regular Session, 2003 HOUSE BILL 1886
By: Representatives Judy, Green, AgeeBy: Senator Whitaker

For An Act To Be Entitled

AN ACT AUTHORIZING SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO GRANT A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA TO VETERANS OF THE KOREAN WAR OR THE VIETNAM WAR WHO MEET ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.


Subtitle

AN ACT AUTHORIZING SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO

GRANT A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA TO VETERANS

OF THE KOREAN WAR OR THE VIETNAM WAR WHO

MEET ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS:


SECTION 1. Arkansas Code Title 6, Chapter 16, Subchapter 1, is amended to add an additional section to read as follows:

6-16-133. Veterans Diplomas.

(a) In recognition of and tribute to veterans who left high school before graduation to serve in the Korean War or the Vietnam War, a board of directors of any school district in Arkansas may grant a diploma of graduation to any veteran meeting the requirements of subsection (c) of this section.

(b) School districts are encouraged to present the diploma in conjunction with appropriate Veteran’s Day programs.

(c) To be eligible for a high school diploma under this section, a veteran shall:

(1) Have been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States of America;

(2) Be a resident of the State of Arkansas; and

(3) Between the dates of June 1, 1950 and January 1, 1954, if a veteran of the Korean War or between the dates of July 3, 1965 to May 15, 1975, if a veteran of the Vietnam War:

(A) Have served a minimum of eighteen (18) consecutive months' active duty; or

(B) Have been discharged with a service connected disability.

(b)(1) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this section.

(2) The State Board of Education shall consult with the Department of Veterans Affairs in developing rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this section.





02272003KAS1140.VJF136


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