SUBJECT: Alteration and/or Curtailment of Programs
24 P.S. Section 11-1124

DATE OF ISSUE: September 1, 1997
DATE OF EXPIRATION: June 30, 2002


Section 1124 of the School Code provides that:

Any board of school directors may suspend the necessary
number of professional employes, for any of the causes
herein enumerated: ...(1) Substantial decrease in
pupil enrollment in the school district; (2)
curtailment or alteration of the educational program on
recommendation of the superintendent, concurred in by
the board of school directors, approved by the
Department of Public Instruction, as, a result of
substantial decline in class or course enrollments or
to conform with standards of organization or
educational activities required by law or recommended
by the Department of Public Instruction; . . .

The Pennsylvania Department of Education will review
requests for curtailment or alteration of the educational
program of a school district using the following criteria:

1. All requests must include a copy of the Board
Action as recorded in the Board minutes as evidence
of approval by the school district's board of
school directors.

2. The Department will approve a school district's
request to curtail or alter an educational program
if the district establishes that the curtailment or
alteration is the result of a substantial decline
in class or course enrollments. To establish that
the curtailment or alteration is the result of a
substantial decline in class or course enrollments,
the school district must submit enrollment data,
certified by the district Superintendent, which
demonstrates the following:

a. that enrollment in the class or course has
decreased at least 20% from the school year five
years prior; or

b. that enrollment for the class or course is less
than ten students.

3. The Department will approve a school district's
request to curtail or alter an educational program
if the district establishes that the curtailment or
alteration is necessary to conform with standards
of organization. To establish that a curtailment
or alteration is necessary to conform with
standards of organization, the school district,
through information certified by the district
Superintendent, must demonstrate that the requested
curtailment or alteration will effect a change in
the school or school district's organization or
curriculum that results in a more effective
educational program.

4. The Department will approve a school district's
request to curtail or alter an educational program
if the district establishes that the curtailment or
alteration is necessary to conform with educational
activities recommended by the Department. To
establish that a curtailment or alteration is
necessary to conform with educational activities
recommended by the Department, the school
district, through information certified by the
district superintendent, must identify the specific
department recommendation that serves as the basis
for the curtailment or alteration. In determining
whether to approve the curtailment or alteration,
the department reserves the right to modify or
withdraw any recommendation regarding educational
activities that was previously issued.

5. The Department will approve a school district's
request to curtail or alter an educational program
if the district establishes that the curtailment or
alteration is necessary to conform with educational
activities required by law. To establish that a
curtailment or alteration is necessary to conform
with educational activities required by law, the
school district, through information certified by
the district superintendent, must identify the
specific law that serves as the basis for the
curtailment or alteration.

For purposes of this section, certification that the
district will remain in compliance with minimum curriculum
requirements is not adequate proof that the curtailment or
alteration is necessary to conform with educational
activities required by law.


REFERENCES:

Purdon's Statutes

24 P.S. Section 9-963(c)
24 P.S. Section 11-1124
24 P.S. Section 18-1850.1(9)
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