(A) For purposes of this section, an "eligible individual" is an individual who satisfies both of the following criteria:
(1) The individual is at least twenty-two years of age.
(2) The individual has not been awarded a high school diploma or a certificate of high school equivalence as defined in section 4109.06 of the Revised Code.
(B) An eligible individual may enroll in a city, local, or exempted village school district that operates a dropout prevention and recovery program for up to two cumulative school years for the purpose of earning a high school diploma. An individual enrolled under this division may elect to satisfy the requirements to earn a high school diploma by successfully completing a competency-based instructional program that complies with the standards adopted by the state board of education under section 3317.231 of the Revised Code. The district shall report that individual's enrollment on a full-time equivalency basis under division (A) of section 3317.036 of the Revised Code and shall not report that individual's enrollment under section 3317.03 of the Revised Code. An individual enrolled under this division shall not be assigned to classes or settings with students who are younger than eighteen years of age.
(1) For each district that enrolls individuals under division (B) of this section, the department of education annually shall certify the enrollment and attendance, on a full-time equivalency basis, of each individual reported by the district under division (A) of section 3317.036 of the Revised Code.
(2) For each individual enrolled in a district under division (B) of this section, the department annually shall pay to the district an amount equal to the following:
$5,000 X the individual's enrollment on a full-time equivalency basis as certified under division (C)(1) of this section X the portion of the school year in which the individual is enrolled in the district expressed as a percentage
(D) A district that enrolls individuals under division (B) of this section shall be subject to the program administration standards adopted by the state board under section 3317.231 of the Revised Code, as applicable.
History. Added by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 483, §101.01, eff. 9/15/2014.