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July 28, 2006

TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:

SUBJECT: School Safety Choice Option (SSCO)

Section 9532 of the No Child Left Behind Act requires the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to identify campuses that demonstrate patterns in student behavior which warrant a transfer option for students attending that campus as Persistently Dangerous Schools. Additionally, TEA must ensure that students who are victims of a violent criminal act in or on the grounds of school property have the option to transfer to a safe elementary or secondary school within the local educational agency (LEA). In Texas, this option is designated as the School Safety Choice Option (SSCO).

Identification of persistently dangerous campuses required to implement the SSCO occurs annually. Campuses that have been identified as persistently dangerous and required to implement the SSCO in the 2006-07 school year have been notified prior to the release of this letter. All campuses must ensure that any victims of violent criminal acts are offered school choice under this policy.

As specified in the Texas Consolidated State Application for the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), each LEA is required to adopt a local policy that provides guidelines for the transfer of students who are victims of violent criminal acts. This local policy will be monitored via the Texas Education Agency’s NCLB program compliance component of the Performance Based Monitoring (PBM) system for 2006-07.

The following information and guidance documents are available on the NCLB web site at: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/nclb/ssco.html:

School officials are encouraged to review current-year PEIMS data to identify trends that indicate identification as a campus required to implement the SSCO for future years.

If you have questions regarding this issue, please contact Carolyn Smyrl in the Division of NCLB Program Coordination at 512-463-9374.

Sincerely,

Gene Lenz
Deputy Associate Commissioner
for Special Programs, Monitoring, and Interventions

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