Illinois - Alternative Education for Expelled Students: Programs and Services

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

Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-13B-10. Purpose.

The purpose of this Article is to specify the requirements for the operation of alternative learning opportunities programs, which are intended to provide students at risk of academic failure with the education and support services needed to meet Illinois Learning Standards and to complete their education in an orderly, safe, and secure learning environment. Services provided under this Article should be provided in a manner that addresses individual learning styles, career development, and social needs to enable students to successfully complete their education.

Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-13B-25. Requirements for the district plan.

The district plan must be consistent with the school district’s overall mission and goals and aligned with the local school improvement plans of each participating school. The district plan must include all of the following:

  • (1) A description of the program, including the students at risk of academic failure to be served, evidence of need, program goals, objectives, and measurable outcomes.
  • (2) A staffing plan, including the experiences, competency, and qualifications of certified and non-certificated staff and emphasizing their individual and collective abilities to work with students at risk of academic failure.
  • (3) A description and schedule of support services that will be available to students as part of their instructional program, including procedures for accessing services required for students on an as-needed basis.
  • (4) How the district will use grant funds to improve the educational achievement of students at risk of academic failure.
  • (5) A detailed program budget that includes sources of funding to be used in conjunction with alternative learning opportunities grant funds and a plan for allocating costs to those funds.
  • (6) A plan that outlines how funding for alternative learning opportunities will be coordinated with other State and federal funds to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of the program.
  • (7) A description of other sources of revenue the district will allocate to the program.
  • (8) An estimate of the total cost per student for the program and an estimate of any gap between existing revenue available for the program and the total cost of the program.
  • (9) A description of how parents and community members will be involved in the program.
  • (10) Policies and procedures used by the district to grant credit for student work satisfactorily completed in the program.
  • (11) How the district will assess students enrolled in the program, including how statewide testing for students in alternative learning opportunities settings will be addressed.
  • (12) How students will be admitted to the program and how students will make an effective transition back to the regular school program, as appropriate.
  • (13) All cooperative and intergovernmental agreements and subcontracts with eligible entities.

Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-10-22.6 Suspension of expulsion of pupils; school searches.

(g) A school district may adopt a policy providing that if a student is suspended or expelled for any reason from any public or private school in this or any other state, the student must complete the entire term of the suspension or expulsion in an alternative school program under Article 13A of this Code or an alternative learning opportunities program under Article 13B of this Code before being admitted into the school district if there is no threat to the safety of students or staff in the alternative program.

(h) School officials shall not advise or encourage students to drop out voluntarily due to behavioral or academic difficulties.

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