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Alternative Education Laws and Rules

Oregon Law defines Alternative Education as a school or separate class group designed to best serve students' educational needs and interests and assist students in achieving the academic standards of the school district and the state ORS 336.615 

Districts annually assure that they are in compliance with and implementing Chapter 581, Division 22, of the Oregon Administrative Rules. This page provides guidance to districts for amending the assurance when necessary to include a plan for compliance with OAR 581-022-1350, Alternative Education Programs. 

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) - Alternative Education

The Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS), created by the legislature, are presently being updated. Please Google the ORS number to gain the information needed.

ORS 181.537 
Authority of Teachers Standards and Practices Commission and Department of Education to require fingerprints. 

ORS 326.051 (1), (2), (3) 
State Administration of Education: Board functions with rules. 

ORS 326.603 and 607 
Authority of school districts and schools to obtain criminal records check of employees, contractors, volunteers and applicants for employment; fee. 

ORS 327.125 
Superintendent to administer ORS 327.006 to 327.133, 327.348, 327.355, 327.357, 327.360 and 327.731; board rules. 

ORS 329-485 
Statewide assessment system: types of assessments; subjects; additional services or alternative educational options. (Information on alternative programs for students who have not met or who have exceeded all academic content standards.) 

ORS 336.615-655 
Alternative Education Programs. (Basic information regarding Alternative Programs. For more see Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) below.) 

ORS 336.625 (1), (2), (3), and (4) 
State Administration of Education: Goals; district responsibility; registration; rules. 

ORS 336.631 
Private alternative programs; requirements; applicability of laws; placement of students. 

ORS 336.645 
State Administration of Education: Notification of availability of program rules; regarding school district notification to parents and students of the availability of alternative education programs, the law regarding alternative education programs and the procedures for requesting district school boards to establish alternative education programs. 

ORS 339.030 
School attendance; admission; discipline; safety: Exemptions from compulsory school attendance; rules. 

ORS 339.115 
School attendance; admission; discipline; safety: Admission of students. 

ORS 339.250 (6), (9), and (10) 
Duty of student to comply with rules; discipline, suspension, expulsion, removal and counseling; written information on alternative programs required (information on alternative programs for students who may be or who are expelled). 

ORS 343.232 
Teachers and other school personnel: Employment pending result of (criminal background) check. 


Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) - Alternative Education

Oregon Administrative Rules are created by the State Board of Education as authorized by the legislature. Click a link below and scroll down to find OAR listed. 

Standards for approval of private schools as contractors with public agencies (specifically 581-05-02265(6)). 

OAR 581-021-0019 
Implements and clarifies what constitutes adequate written consent between school districts when claiming non-resident students.

School governance and student conduct: District information for parents and students regarding the availability of alternative education programs. 

School governance and student conduct: Registration of private alternative programs/schools. 

School governance and student conduct: Denial, suspension, or revocation of registration of private alternative program/school. 

School and District Performance Report Criteria (Annual School and District Performance Report based on data collected from schools and school districts on student performance, student behavior and school characteristics). 

Alternative education programs. 

Fingerprinting of subject individuals in positions not requiring licensure as teachers, administrators, personnel specialists, school nurses. Also consistent with ORS 336.631 (2), 181.539, 326.603, 326.607, 342.232 and OAR 581-022-1350. 

School finance: Accountable activities for alternative education programs (for school funding purposes). 
 

Authority of Teachers Standards and Practices Commission and Department of Education to require fingerprints. 

The Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS), created by the legislature, are presently being updated. Please Google the ORS number to gain the information needed.

ORS 326.051 (1), (2), (3) 
State Administration of Education: Board functions with rules. 

ORS 326.603 and 607 
Authority of school districts and schools to obtain criminal records check of employees, contractors, volunteers and applicants for employment; fee. 

ORS 327.125 
Superintendent to administer ORS 327.006 to 327.133, 327.348, 327.355, 327.357, 327.360 and 327.731; board rules. 

ORS 329-485 
Statewide assessment system: types of assessments; subjects; additional services or alternative educational options. (Information on alternative programs for students who have not met or who have exceeded all academic content standards.) 

ORS 336.615-655 
Alternative Education Programs. (Basic information regarding Alternative Programs. For more see Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) below.) 

ORS 336.625 (1), (2), (3), and (4) 
State Administration of Education: Goals; district responsibility; registration; rules. 

ORS 336.631 
Private alternative programs; requirements; applicability of laws; placement of students. 

ORS 336.645 
State Administration of Education: Notification of availability of program rules; regarding school district notification to parents and students of the availability of alternative education programs, the law regarding alternative education programs and the procedures for requesting district school boards to establish alternative education programs. 

ORS 339.030 
School attendance; admission; discipline; safety: Exemptions from compulsory school attendance; rules. 

ORS 339.115 
School attendance; admission; discipline; safety: Admission of students. 

ORS 339.250 (6), (9), and (10) 
Duty of student to comply with rules; discipline, suspension, expulsion, removal and counseling; written information on alternative programs required (information on alternative programs for students who may be or who are expelled). 

ORS 343.232 
Teachers and other school personnel: Employment pending result of (criminal background) check. 

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