AN ACT TO EXPAND THE DROPOUT PREVENTION AND RECOVERY PILOT PROGRAM.
Expands the current Dropout Prevention and Recovery Pilot Program (Program) created in SL 2014-104 by requiring the State Board of Education (SBE) to establish a three-year program (previously, program was to be two-years) and select one charter school in 2014 and one in 2015, both meeting specified criteria, to participate in the Program (previously, only one charter school was to be selected for the Program).
Makes conforming changes.
Provides that the application deadline for approved charter schools to apply to participate in the Program beginning in the 2015-16 school year is July 1, 2015, with the SBE required to select the participant by August 1, 2015.
Directs the SBE to submit an interim report by February 15, 2016, and a final report by November 15, 2017, to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee regarding specified outcomes (previously, required the SBE to submit a report to the committee by March 15, 2016).
Requires the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee to provide an interim report to the 2016 Regular Session of the 2015 General Assembly, with a final report regarding recommendations concerning the Program and outcomes to be submitted to the 2018 Regular Session of the 2017 General Assembly.
Makes conforming changes providing that the Program will begin with the 2014-15 school year and conclude with the 2016-17 school year.
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