Texas - 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.

Texas Statutes 37.008 Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs

(a) Each school district shall provide a disciplinary 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;

  • (3) provides for the students who are assigned to the disciplinary alternative education program to be separated from students who are not assigned to the program;

  • (4) focuses on English language arts, mathematics, science, history, and self-discipline;

  • (5) provides for students’ educational and behavioral needs;

  • (6) provides supervision and counseling; and

  • (7) employs only teachers who meet all certification requirements established under Subchapter B, Chapter 21.

(a-1) The agency shall adopt minimum standards for the operation of disciplinary alternative education programs, including standards relating to:

  • (1) student/teacher ratios;

  • (2) student health and safety;

  • (3) reporting of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of students;

  • (4) training for teachers in behavior management and safety procedures; and

  • (5) planning for a student’s transition from a disciplinary alternative education program to a regular campus.

Texas Statutes Education Code 37.0081 Expulsion and Placement of Certain Students in Alternative Settings

(a-1) The student must be placed in:

  • a juvenile justice alternative education program, if the school district is located in a county that operates a juvenile justice alternative education program or the school district contracts with the juvenile board of another county for the provision of a juvenile justice alternative education program; or

  • (2) a disciplinary alternative education program.

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