ERIC Number: ED385929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Saturday School and ALEC: Alternative Discipline Programs.
Thorbahn, Keith R.
Student discipline problems in some high schools have been exacerbated by external societal problems. This paper presents outcomes of two discipline programs implemented in a small, rural high school. One program involved the creation of a Saturday school for students serving detention. The Alternative Learning Education Center (ALEC) was established to provide continuing education and counseling for repeat offenders. School discipline referrals for grades 9 through 12 during the first half of the year (the period prior to program implementation) were compared with those for the second half of the year (after the programs were implemented). After implementation of the two programs, the number of students who were suspended dropped from 62 to 17. The Saturday school provided a viable alternative to suspension. The programs appeared to change students' attitudes by giving them choices and helping them to understand the consequences of their behavior. Tougher consequences, more descriptive discipline codes, and counseling appeared to decrease student-referral problems in the school. Contains seven references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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