Texas
Education Code
 
Section 37.0081:

Expulsion And Placement Of Certain Students In Alternative Settings

(a) Subject to Subsection (h), but notwithstanding any other provision of this subchapter, the board of trustees of a school district, or the board's designee, after an opportunity for a hearing may expel a student and elect to place the student in an alternative setting as provided by Subsection (a-1) if:

(1)

the student:

(A)

has received deferred prosecution under Section 53.03, Family Code, for conduct defined as:

(i)

a felony offense in Title 5, Penal Code; or

(ii)

the felony offense of aggravated robbery under Section 29.03, Penal Code;

(B)

has been found by a court or jury to have engaged in delinquent conduct under Section 54.03, Family Code, for conduct defined as:

(i)

a felony offense in Title 5, Penal Code; or

(ii)

the felony offense of aggravated robbery under Section 29.03, Penal Code;

(C)

is charged with engaging in conduct defined as:

(i)

a felony offense in Title 5, Penal Code; or

(ii)

the felony offense of aggravated robbery under Section 29.03, Penal Code;

(D)

has been referred to a juvenile court for allegedly engaging in delinquent conduct under Section 54.03, Family Code, for conduct defined as:

(i)

a felony offense in Title 5, Penal Code; or

(ii)

the felony offense of aggravated robbery under Section 29.03, Penal Code;

(E)

has received probation or deferred adjudication for a felony offense under Title 5, Penal Code, or the felony offense of aggravated robbery under Section 29.03, Penal Code;

(F)

has been convicted of a felony offense under Title 5, Penal Code, or the felony offense of aggravated robbery under Section 29.03, Penal Code; or

(G)

has been arrested for or charged with a felony offense under Title 5, Penal Code, or the felony offense of aggravated robbery under Section 29.03, Penal Code; and

(2)

the board or the board's designee determines that the student's presence in the regular classroom:

(A)

threatens the safety of other students or teachers;

(B)

will be detrimental to the educational process; or

(C)

is not in the best interests of the district's students.

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

(1)

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.

(b)

Any decision of the board of trustees or the board's designee under this section is final and may not be appealed.

(c)

The board of trustees or the board's designee may expel the student and order placement in accordance with this section regardless of:

(1)

the date on which the student's conduct occurred;

(2)

the location at which the conduct occurred;

(3)

whether the conduct occurred while the student was enrolled in the district; or

(4)

whether the student has successfully completed any court disposition requirements imposed in connection with the conduct.

(d)

Notwithstanding Section 37.009(c) or (d) or any other provision of this subchapter, a student expelled and ordered placed in an alternative setting by the board of trustees or the board's designee is subject to that placement until:

(1)

the student graduates from high school;

(2)

the charges described by Subsection (a)(1) are dismissed or reduced to a misdemeanor offense; or

(3)

the student completes the term of the placement or is assigned to another program.

(e)

A student placed in an alternative setting in accordance with this section is entitled to the periodic review prescribed by Section 37.009(e).

(f)

Subsection (d) continues to apply to the student if the student transfers to another school district in the state.

(g)

The board of trustees shall reimburse a juvenile justice alternative education program in which a student is placed under this section for the actual cost incurred each day for the student while the student is enrolled in the program. For purposes of this subsection:

(1)

the actual cost incurred each day for the student is determined by the juvenile board of the county operating the program; and

(2)

the juvenile board shall determine the actual cost each day of the program based on the board's annual audit.

(h)

To the extent of a conflict between this section and Section 37.007, Section 37.007 prevails.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1055, Sec. 12, eff. June 20, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1240, Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 948, Sec. 3, eff. June 17, 2011.

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