Sec. 39.117. SPECIAL STUDENT RECOVERY PROGRAM. (a) This section applies only to a school district with a student enrollment of at least 60,000 that is located in a county on the international border with a population of 800,000 or more.
(b) The commissioner may require a school district to which this section applies to operate a special student recovery program if the commissioner has imposed a sanction under Section 39.102 based on a determination that the district has, for the purpose of affecting the performance rating under Section 39.054 or former Section 39.072 or a distinction designation under Section 39.202 or 39.203 of the district or a campus in the district:
(1) assigned a student to a grade level to which the student would not otherwise be assigned, in violation of local policy;
(2) retained a student at a grade level at which the student would not otherwise be retained, in violation of local policy;
(3) declined to admit to the schools of the district a student with limited English proficiency who was eligible for admission; or
(4) encouraged a student who was eligible for admission to the district to enroll in another district or drop out of school.
(c) The commissioner shall require a school district to which this section applies to operate a special student recovery program if the superintendent or assistant superintendent of the district or a principal or assistant principal of a campus in the district is convicted of or receives a grant of deferred adjudication community supervision for an offense associated with conduct described by Subsection (b).
(d) A special student recovery program must include:
(1) identification of students affected by conduct described by Subsection (b), with an emphasis on identifying and obtaining current addresses for students who dropped out of school after the conduct;
(2) notification of students identified under Subdivision (1) of the availability of educational services provided through the program;
(3) provision of appropriate compensatory, intensive, and accelerated instructional services for students identified under Subdivision (1), including services designed to enable students to obtain high school equivalency certificates under Section 7.111; and
(4) for students identified under Subdivision (1) who are at least 21 years of age and under 26 years of age, the offer of admission to the schools of the district for the purpose of completing the requirements for a high school diploma, as authorized by Section 25.001.
(e) A student who is at least 21 years of age and is admitted to the schools of the district under Subsection (d)(4) is subject to the placement restrictions described by Section 25.001(b-2) if the student has not attended school in the three preceding school years.
(f) In addition to any other available funds, a school district may use funds provided to the district under Section 42.152 to pay the costs of the program. Instructional services may be provided to students identified under Subsection (d)(1) who are under 26 years of age using funds provided under Section 42.152 or other Foundation School Program funds, notwithstanding Section 42.003.
(g) This section requires a school district to provide instructional services only to a student who is a resident of this state and is eligible for admission to the schools of the district under Section 25.001, including eligibility described by that section for students who are under 26 years of age.
(h) The commissioner shall determine the duration of a special student recovery program, provided that the program must have a duration of at least two years. Before a program may be concluded, the district must conduct a public hearing in the community served by the school district to solicit comments from students, parents, and other members of the community regarding whether there is a continuing need for the program.
(i) The commissioner shall adopt rules necessary to implement this section.
(j) This section expires September 1, 2018.
Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 664 (S.B. 119), Sec. 1, eff. June 14, 2013.
Last modified: September 28, 2016