ERIC Number: ED381704
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
School Violence. Report of the Superintendent's Task Force.
Arizona State Dept. of Education, Phoenix.
The Task Force on School Violence was convened to generate recommendations to key state policy makers to stem the rising tide of violence on school campuses. This report presents the task force's conclusions in two sections: (1) Findings; and (2) Recommendations. In their findings, the task force identified some key elements of prevention strategies: coordination of community services/site-based social services, adult mentoring/parent involvement, training in social skills and conflict resolution, community service and jobs for youths, alternative to suspension, non-violent messages in the media, and smaller schools or schools within schools. The task force also outlined elements of effective intervention strategies in the school. These included: caring, knowledgeable, trained staff; a controlled, disciplined environment; physical training/teamwork; accelerated learning/high expectations; character education, ethics education and self-discipline; adult role models/parent involvement; and community service/job training. Successful educational alternatives outside public schools are also discussed. The task force's recommendations targeted the legislature, the state board of education, the state superintendent, and local governing boards. Some of these recommendations included increased consequences for possession or use of weapons, alternatives to suspension or expulsion, increased governmental responsibility, increased funding for alternative programs, promote student involvement, more information on successful parenting, and better communication between the home and school. Citations of current statutes and recommended changes are included. Contains 15 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Dept. of Education, Phoenix.