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TITLE 19EDUCATION
PART 2TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY
CHAPTER 103HEALTH AND SAFETY
SUBCHAPTER CCCOMMISSIONER'S RULES CONCERNING SAFE SCHOOLS
RULE §103.1205Pilot Program for Placement of Students in Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) Program

(a) Purpose. Texas Education Code (TEC), §37.031, establishes a pilot program in which Texas Education Agency (TEA) designates two high schools to offer Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) program placement as an alternative to placement in disciplinary alternative education programs (DAEPs) or juvenile justice alternative education programs (JJAEPs).

(b) Eligible applicants. TEA will solicit applications and make designations of high schools for the establishment of the pilot program based on applicants that meet the statutory eligibility criteria described in the TEC, §37.031(b), and demonstrate the promotion of positive student educational outcomes for their pilot program as described by subsection (c) of this section.

(c) Requirements for application. Applicants must meet the requirements of the TEC, §37.031(b), and also demonstrate in the application the ability to satisfy the following criteria that promote positive student educational outcomes pursuant to the TEC, §37.031(c):

  (1) a plan to support the JROTC educator to successfully engage the student in meeting the goals of the JROTC program, including participation in all JROTC-sponsored activities and promotion of leadership, social responsibility, and character development;

  (2) identification of the root causes of the student's disciplinary actions and steps necessary to address the causes;

  (3) a plan to engage community resources, including the establishment of partnerships with mental health professionals for screening, consultation, and services when requested by the parent of a student assigned to the JROTC program as an alternative placement in a DAEP or JJAEP or when needed to support the student's positive educational outcomes;

  (4) a plan for the coordination of academic, social, and emotional supports for each student assigned to the JROTC program as an alternative placement in a DAEP or JJAEP. The plan should reflect best practices in educational research that promote positive education, including, but not limited to:

    (A) individual or group counseling sessions;

    (B) parent and family outreach;

    (C) a review with both the student and student's parent of:

      (i) the student's personal graduation plan, endorsement, and college and career goals to ensure that the student is on track toward high school completion; and

      (ii) opportunities to earn dual credit and technical certification and participate in additional curricular or extracurricular programs to support the student's goals;

    (D) a review of academic, social, and emotional interventions to promote successful course completion in all courses in which the student is enrolled in the student's course of study, including tutoring programs and services;

    (E) a plan to provide credit recovery and academic supports for students who need acceleration to be on track for high school graduation, including monitoring a student's grades, attendance, and academic performance in all courses using an early warning data system and engaging the student in strategies for self-monitoring;

    (F) a plan for ensuring continuity in programming for the student such as participation in a full semester of the JROTC program and a description of eligibility for continued participation in the program during the following school year; and

    (G) a plan describing the process and documentation to be followed for entering the JROTC program, including the applicable student code of conduct, types of offenses, and the need for a conference or hearing, as well as definitions of a successful and an unsuccessful exit process for transition out of the JROTC program.

(d) Truancy prevention measures. Designated schools must follow the minimum standards and best practices for truancy prevention measures as outlined in the TEC, §25.0915, for students whose disciplinary placements are the result of truancy.

(e) Data reporting. Schools designated for this pilot program must comply with the data reporting required under the TEC, §37.020(d).


Source Note: The provisions of this §103.1205 adopted to be effective January 8, 2018, 43 TexReg 94

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