ERIC Number: ED199592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
A Survey of Student Rights in a Public and Alternative High School.
Ogletree, Earl J.; Bryant, Valarie A.
An inner-city alternative high school in Chicago was established for older black teenagers who had dropped out or did not wish to attend public schools. Alternative high school students (N=100) were surveyed to compare their opinions on student rights with those of black inner-city public high school students (N=200) obtained in an earlier study. The survey examined attitudes toward freedom of speech, due process of law, misconduct and discipline, vague regulations and dress code, and student governance. The more conservative alternative students rejected the use of free speech and abusive language at a higher percentage than public school students. Alternative school students were more aware of due process rights, favored a disciplined school atmosphere and student governance, and rejected search and seizure procedures. Compared to public school students, the alternative school students reported neutral attitudes toward dress and hair styles, and more strongly rejected the selling and use of drugs and tobacco in school. Results suggest that the "second-chance" alternative students may value education and recognize the need for regulations, while realizing that as students, they have the same protected rights and privileges as adults within reasonable limits. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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