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Senate Bill 0191


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Senate Bill 0191

ARCHIVE (2009)

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DIGEST OF SB191 (Updated April 15, 2009 9:18 pm - DI 84)

Alternative placements for certain students. Allows a student in a public school who has disruptive behavior to be placed in another setting including certain nonpublic schools and alternative schools operated by the juvenile court in that county. Provides that if the other setting is: (1) a public school in another school corporation, or (2) a certain school operated by a juvenile court within a certain county having certain characteristics, the school corporation in which the student has legal settlement must pay the student's tuition. Sets a cap on the amount that the school corporation may expend for tuition for the student. Requires the consent of the superintendent or administrative authority of the school where the student is placed. Allows school personnel of a school who has a disruptive student to take any reasonable disciplinary action to maintain a safe and disciplined learning environment. Provides that placement for a student who is a child with a disability must be done in accordance with the student's individualized education program and in compliance with state and federal law. Provides that, until July 1, 2010, the Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home (children's home): (1) must continue to offer services to eligible children in need of residential care; and (2) must not reduce staffing levels and job classifications below those in effect at the home on January 1, 2009. Prohibits the state health commissioner, prior to July 1, 2010, from removing, selling, or destroying certain property maintained at the children's home. Establishes the Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home commission (commission). Provides that members of the commission are not entitled to per diem. Provides that members of the commission who are state employees, not including a member of the general assembly, are entitled to reimbursement for traveling expenses from the member's state agency. Provides that the commission is required to meet at least once a month. Requires the legislative services agency to provide staffing and administrative support for the commission. Requires the commission, before January 1, 2010, to submit a report to the governor and the general assembly. Requires the commission to make recommendations as to whether it is economically feasible to continue operation of the children's home after June 30, 2010, in an effective and efficient manner. Provides that a juvenile court may enter a dispositional decree concerning a child in need of services ordering the department of child services to place the child in the children's home after the juvenile court considers: (1) the best interests of the child; and (2) the desirability of keeping the child with the child's siblings. Requires a school corporation, during a student's withdrawal exit interview, to advise the student's parent of services offered at the children's home. Requires a school corporation to deliver information describing services offered by the children's home to a student's parent along with a notice of the right to appear at an expulsion meeting. Requires the department of child services, in consultation with the department of administration and the department of homeland security, to determine what modifications or repairs would be necessary in order to license a private entity to operate the children's home under a public-private agreement as a residential child care establishment. Requires the department of child services to provide a report on this subject to the commission before August 1, 2009.
    Current Status:
     In Conference Committee
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