Providing students with a free and appropriate education in a safe environment is at the core of education in a democratic society. Discipline issues are of grave concern in American schools today. Carver and Lewis (2010) in a 2007-2008 study commissioned by the United States Department of Education revealed that 64% of school districts had at least one alternative setting for at-risk students that was administered either by the district or by another entity. Consequently, the question remains: Does a relationship exist between key demographics and specific communities with placement in an alternative setting? If so, to what degree? In order to better understand alternative settings for at-risk students, the relationships between gender, grade, race, SPED status, socioeconomic status and specific communities will be examined. This study can be of great value to school systems and education officials in their search to provide at-risk students with adequate support to ensure educational success. For example, if results suggest that key demographics and specific communities may impact placement in an alternative program, this discovery could result in early identification of the specific needs of students more likely to require alternative education placement.
|Commitee:||Dick, Steven, Hatcher, John|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||DAI-A 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational evaluation, Educational leadership, Educational psychology|
|Keywords:||Alternative education, At-risk students, Zero Tolerance Legislation|
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