Georgia - Alternative Education for Expelled Students: Programs and Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to operate alternative school programs or to provide educational services to expelled students in an alternative setting.

2017 Georgia Code 20-2-154.1 Alternative education programs; intent; description; funding

(a) It is the policy of this state that the alternative education program shall provide a learning environment that includes the objectives of the content standards and that the instruction in an alternative education program shall enable students to return to a general or career education program as quickly as possible. Course credit shall be earned in an alternative education program in the same manner as in other education programs. It is the policy of this state that it is preferable to reassign disruptive students to an alternative education program rather than suspending or expelling such students from school.

(b) Alternative education programs are intended to meet the education needs of a student who is suspended from his or her regular classroom and also of a student who is eligible to remain in his or her regular classroom but is more likely to succeed in a nontraditional setting such as that provided in an alternative education program.

(c) As part of the process of assigning a student to an alternative education program for academic or nondisciplinary reasons, the school shall assess, through policies and procedures promulgated by the local board of education, the needs of the student and consider options for addressing those needs.

(d) Each local school system shall provide an alternative education program that:

  • (1) Is provided in a setting other than a student's regular classroom;
  • (2) Is located on or off of a regular school campus and may include in-school suspension that provides continued progress on regular classroom assignments;
  • (3) Provides for disruptive students who are assigned to the alternative education program to be separated from nondisruptive students who are assigned to the program;
  • (4) Focuses on English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and self-discipline;
  • (5) Provides for students' educational and behavioral needs; and
  • (6) Provides supervision and counseling.

2017 Georgia Code 20-2-768. Expulsion or suspension of students for felonies; alternative educational system; policy

(c) It is the policy of this state that it is preferable to reassign disruptive students to alternative educational settings rather than to suspend or expel such students from school.

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