PA 11-126—HB 6433

Education Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING ADULT EDUCATION

SUMMARY: By law, a student who has been expelled for the first time and is at least 16 years old may attend adult education as part of an alternative educational opportunity during the expulsion. This act specifies that such a student is not required to withdraw from regular public school to do so. It also expressly allows such an expelled student to enroll in an adult education program without the approval of his or her school principal. That approval is still required for students who have not been expelled.

The act also makes technical changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2011

BACKGROUND

Alternative Education Programs for Expelled Students

With certain exceptions, school districts must offer alternative education programs to students who are expelled. For students between the ages of 16 and 18 who are expelled for the first time, the alternative education program may include placement in an adult education program. Districts are not required to offer an alternative education program to any student between the ages of 16 and 18 who is expelled for possessing a weapon or selling drugs on school property or at a school-sponsored activity.

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