The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) "Rules Governing the Distribution of Student Special Needs Funding and the Determination of Allowable Expenditures of those Funds" requires Arkansas school districts to provide one (1) or more alternative learning environments for eligible students.
On or before March 31, 2021, select districts must complete and submit a program description for approval. Those districts include:
- all districts in cohort 2 (see attached cohort list),
- districts proposing significant changes to an existing ALE program, and
- districts establishing a new ALE program.
The 2021-2022 ALE Program Description Submission Form is attached. The ALE Program Description Form Rubric can be found at the DESE Alternative Education website. Additionally, all districts must update contact information annually at https://goo.gl/forms/IDWc7yJLluw4dixA3. Programs approved during the current submission cycle (cohort 2) will receive a three-year approval and will resubmit in the spring of 2024. Districts outside cohort 2 submitting to establish a new program or those submitting for a significant change to an existing program will remain within the district's predetermined cohort. District cohort assignments are included as an attachment.
Please email the completed 2021-2022 ALE Program Description Form to the Alternative Education Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org and contact the Alternative Education Unit with any questions at 501-324-9660.