ERIC Number: ED299338
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Who's Looking Out for At-Risk Youth: The States' Excellence in Education Commissions. A Report.
MDC, Inc., Chapel Hill, NC.
A survey of state commissions concerned with educational excellence showed that the majority of these commissions are not involved with the problems of at-risk youth. The definition of at-risk youth includes the following: (1) young people from poor families of all races, including minorities and immigrants, who face discriminatory policies and practices; (2) girls and young women who miss out on educational opportunities routinely afforded males; and (3) children with special needs who are unserved, underserved, or improperly categorized because of handicap or learning difficulties. Survey questionnaires designed to elicit the main concerns of the commissions were completed by 54 commissions in 32 states. Results indicated that less than one-fourth of those responding have chosen to focus on at-risk youth, or the kinds of programs that could assist such youth. Recommendations are the following: (1) all state educational commissions should consider recommendations targeted at at-risk youth; (2) in states where educational commissions no longer exist, special commissions should be appointed to deal with the educational problems of at-risk youth; (3) governors and state educational officers should take personal responsibility for implementation of recommendations; (4) governors, their State Job Training Coordinating Councils, and the Service Delivery Areas established under the Job Training Partnership Act should help schools and local private industry councils establish programs for at-risk youth. (FMW)
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Educational Quality, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Government Role, High Risk Students, Planning Commissions, School Holding Power, State Government, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Youth Opportunities, Youth Problems, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: MDC, Inc., Chapel Hill, NC.