Synopsis As Introduced Amends the School Code. Requires alternative and optional education programs for truants, the IHOPE Program, and graduation incentives programs to accept dropouts under the age of 24 (currently, under 20 for the graduation incentives programs and through the age of 21 for the IHOPE Program and the alternative and optional education programs for truants). Provides that a school district shall deny reenrollment in its secondary schools to any child 19 years of age or above who has dropped out of school and who could not attend classes during the normal school year and graduate before his or her twenty-fourth birthday (currently, his or her twenty-first birthday). Effective immediately.
With respect to alternative and optional education programs for truants and the IHOPE Program, provides that a project or program must not be conducted in the same public school facility as the regular education program in order to accept dropouts under the age of 24. Removes the provisions concerning enrolled pupils not of compulsory school age and the provisions concerning a graduation incentives program.