DAEP Assignments for the 2019-2020 School Year May 2019 Principals’ Meeting Pupil Personnel Services
DAEP Considerations “Next Steps” • Days of assignment were effectively doubled to compensate for the “drop dead” date imposed by TEA. Under the previous statute, a student had to be permitted to return to the home campuses after being “separated” from the campus for the period of the DAEP assignment – i.e. a student could register, fail/refuse to attend for the specified length of time (i.e. the “set term”), and be permitted to return to the home campus. A subsequent TEA decision as reflected in Texas Health & Safety Code §103.1201 allows districts to impose DAEP attendance & transition criteria. • Our DAEP days of assignment matrix was last updated in July 2012. • 43 students initially placed for >75 days (1st semester = 78 days) • 27 students currently assigned from 81-127 days. 18 of these assignments involve marijuana infractions. • 69% of students assigned to DAEP in 17-18 SY reflect a district-modified length of assignment (e.g. “early out” criteria). • NEISD spent $97,132.75 for discretionary expulsions thus far in 19-20.
DAEP Considerations “Next Steps” • Student “A”: Initially placed for being under the influence of marijuana during 17-18 school year. Subsequently withdraws without completing original 60 day assignment. Enrolls at NEAC to start 18-19 school year and experiences truancy issues but otherwise has no disciplinary removals. Caught returning to campus under the influence of marijuana after being truant and under the influence of marijuana. Assigned 110 days at DAEP (50 days still owed from original assignment + an additional 60 days for 1st mandatory infraction of 18-19 school year. • Student “B”: Placed at DAEP for 60 days for assault on a student. After serving8 days, self-admits to being under the influence of marijuana. “Recycled” through PPS for a placement of 127 days at DAEP (entire remaining balance of initial offense + an additional 75 days for 2nd mandatory infraction of 18-19 school year).
DAEP Assignment Implications • NEAC capacity and staffing (state-mandated 15:1 ratio) • Academic implications of semester-plus long assignments – exceeding a grading cycle, “Course Connect,” etc. • Recidivism rates and SEL applications • Cumulative effect of automatically adding remaining days from previous assignments for new infractions • Transitions from JJAEP to NEAC/NEAC to home campus • Early review opportunities and criteria
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