Texas Education Code

Sec. § 29.918
Dropout Prevention Strategies


(a)

Notwithstanding Section 48.104 (Compensatory Education Allotment), a school district or open-enrollment charter school with a high dropout rate, as determined by the commissioner, must submit a plan to the commissioner describing the manner in which the district or charter school intends to use the compensatory education allotment under Section 48.104 (Compensatory Education Allotment) for developing and implementing research-based strategies for dropout prevention. The district or charter school shall submit the plan not later than December 1 of each school year preceding the school year in which the district or charter school will receive the compensatory education allotment to which the plan applies.

(b)

A school district or open-enrollment charter school to which this section applies may not spend or obligate more than 25 percent of the district’s or charter school’s compensatory education allotment unless the commissioner approves the plan submitted under Subsection (a). The commissioner shall complete an initial review of the district’s or charter school’s plan not later than March 1 of the school year preceding the school year in which the district or charter school will receive the compensatory education allotment to which the plan applies.

(c)

The commissioner shall adopt rules to administer this section. The commissioner may impose interventions or sanctions under Subchapter A (Grounds for Commissioner Action), Chapter 39A (Accountability Interventions and Sanctions), or Section 39A.251 (Applicability of Interventions and Sanctions to Open-enrollment Charter School), 39A.252 (Rules), or 39A.253 (Hearing Not Required) if a school district or open-enrollment charter school fails to timely comply with this section.

(d)

A school district or open-enrollment charter school to which this section applies shall, in its plan submitted under Subsection (a):

(1)

design a dropout recovery plan that includes career and technology education courses or technology applications courses that lead to industry or career certification;

(2)

integrate into the dropout recovery plan research-based strategies to assist students in becoming able academically to pursue postsecondary education, including:

(A)

high-quality, college readiness instruction with strong academic and social supports;

(B)

secondary to postsecondary bridging that builds college readiness skills, provides a plan for college completion, and ensures transition counseling; and

(C)

information concerning appropriate supports available in the first year of postsecondary enrollment to ensure postsecondary persistence and success, to the extent funds are available for the purpose; and

(3)

plan to offer advanced academic and transition opportunities, including dual credit courses and college preparatory courses, such as advanced placement courses.

(e)

A school district to which this section applies may enter into a partnership with a public junior college in accordance with Section 29.402 (Partnership) in order to fulfill a plan submitted under Subsection (a).

(f)

Any program designed to fulfill a plan submitted under Subsection (a) must comply with the requirements of Sections 29.081 (Compensatory, Intensive, and Accelerated Instruction)(e) and (f).
Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1058 (H.B. 2237), Sec. 12, eff. June 15, 2007.
Amended by:
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 895 (H.B. 3), Sec. 45, eff. June 19, 2009.
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328 (H.B. 3646), Sec. 24, eff. September 1, 2009.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 324 (S.B. 1488), Sec. 21.003(18), eff. September 1, 2017.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 925 (S.B. 1566), Sec. 10, eff. September 1, 2017.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 943 (H.B. 3), Sec. 3.037, eff. September 1, 2019.
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