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    Subdivision 1. Program focus. (a) The programs and services of a center must focus
on academic and learning skills, applied learning opportunities, trade and vocational skills,
work-based learning opportunities, work experience, youth service to the community, transition
services, and English language and literacy programs for children whose primary language is a
language other than English. Applied learning, work-based learning, and service learning may
best be developed in collaboration with a local education and transitions partnership, culturally
based organizations, mutual assistance associations, or other community resources. In addition
to offering programs, the center shall coordinate the use of other available educational services,
special education services, social services, health services, and postsecondary institutions in
the community and services area.
(b) Consistent with the requirements of sections 121A.40 to 121A.56, a school district may
provide an alternative education program for a student who is within the compulsory attendance
age under section 120A.20, and who is involved in severe or repeated disciplinary action.
    Subd. 2. People to be served. A center shall provide programs for secondary pupils and
adults. A center may also provide programs and services for elementary and secondary pupils
who are not attending the center to assist them in being successful in school. A center shall use
research-based best practices for serving limited English proficient students and their parents. An
individual education plan team may identify a center as an appropriate placement to the extent a
center can provide the student with the appropriate special education services described in the
student's plan. Pupils eligible to be served are those who qualify under the graduation incentives
program in section 124D.68, subdivision 2, those enrolled under section 124D.02, subdivision
2, or those pupils who are eligible to receive special education services under sections 125A.03
to 125A.24, and 125A.65.
    Subd. 3. Hours of instruction exemption. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the
center programs must be available throughout the entire year. A center may petition the state
board under Minnesota Rules, part 3500.1000, for exemption from other rules.
    Subd. 4. Granting a diploma. Upon successful completion of the center program, a pupil is
entitled to receive a high school diploma. The pupil may elect to receive a diploma from either the
district of residence or the district in which the center is located.
History: 1987 c 398 art 8 s 35; 1988 c 718 art 6 s 15; 1993 c 146 art 5 s 16; 1Sp1995 c 3 art
4 s 21; 1Sp1997 c 4 art 3 s 17; art 6 s 14; 1998 c 397 art 5 s 104; art 11 s 3; 1998 c 398 art 2 s
34,35; 1998 c 398 art 5 s 55; 1999 c 241 art 2 s 6,7; 1Sp2003 c 9 art 1 s 1; 2006 c 263 art 1 s 2

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