2017 Arkansas Code
Title 6 - Education
Subtitle 3 - Special Educational Programs
Chapter 48 - Alternative Learning Environments
§ 6-48-104. Department of Education responsibilities

Universal Citation: AR Code § 6-48-104 (2017)
  • (a) The Department of Education shall promulgate rules to implement this chapter, including without limitation rules that establish:
    • (1)
      • (A) The criteria for distributing state funding for alternative learning environment programs.
      • (B) The criteria shall identify the characteristics of students who may be counted for the purpose of funding an alternative learning environment program including without limitation that a student is educated in the alternative learning environment for a minimum of twenty (20) consecutive days.
      • (C) If a student is educated in the alternative learning environment for fewer than twenty (20) days, the department may provide funding to a school district based on the actual number of days the student is educated in the alternative learning environment if the student:
        • (i) Leaves the school district to transfer to another alternative learning environment; or
        • (ii) Is placed in a residential treatment program;
    • (2) (A) The criteria for teacher training for teachers in alternative learning environments, including without limitation:
      • (i) In-service training in classroom management; and
      • (ii) Training in additional areas related to the specific needs and characteristics of students who are educated in alternative learning environments.
        • (B) The department shall award professional development credit for the training under this subdivision (a)(2); and
    • (3) Measures of effectiveness for alternative learning environments that measure:
      • (A) For the students educated in the alternative learning environment the effect on the students':
        • (i) School performance;
        • (ii) Need for intervention; and
        • (iii) School attendance and dropout rate; and
      • (B) Any other characteristic of alternative learning environments deemed necessary by the department.
  • (b) (1) As part of the department's accreditation review of a school district under § 6-15-202, the department shall evaluate each alternative learning environment to ensure that the alternative learning environment is:
    • (A) Established and operated in compliance with this chapter; and
    • (B) Effective under the measurements established by the department under this section.
      • (2) The department shall identify a school district's noncompliance with this chapter on the school district's annual report card.
  • (c) The department shall identify information concerning best practices for educating students in alternative learning environments and disseminate that information to teachers and administrators working in alternative learning environments.
  • (d) Annually by September 15 the department shall provide to the House Committee on Education and the Senate Committee on Education a report on:
    • (1) The information reported to it under § 6-48-102; and
    • (2) The effectiveness of alternative learning environments evaluated under this chapter.
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