SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

SENATE, No. 3240

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED: †NOVEMBER 16, 2015

 

††††† The Senate Education Committee favorably reports Senate Bill No. 3240.

††††† This bill authorizes a school district to establish alternative education programs, including recovery high school alternative education programs, upon the approval of the board of education.† A recovery high school alternative education program is defined as an alternative education program that serves students diagnosed with substance use disorder or dependency as defined by the most recent Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and that provides a comprehensive four-year high school education in an alternative public school setting and a structured plan of recovery that is aligned with the national framework of evidence-based practices for recovery high schools.

††††† Under the billís provisions, a sending district may enter into an agreement with a school district that has established a recovery high school alternative education program for the provision of services to a student who is currently enrolled in the sending district.† If the student is admitted to the recovery high school alternative education program, the sending district will pay tuition to that district.