ERIC Number: ED411266
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Safe Schools Initiative Final Report: 1995-96.
Houston Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.
The Houston Independent School District (HISD) (Texas) was one of 16 districts nationwide to receive a Department of Education Safe Schools Discretionary Grant for the 1995-96 school year. This federally funded violence prevention program was called the HISD Safe Schools Initiative. The grant established a model for integrating existing and new programs into an effective system of operation that can be replicated in other schools and large urban school districts. The initiative established a pilot program to promote safe, drug-free, and violence-free schools through 18 components addressing safety from the standpoint of education, social services, law enforcement, and community organizations. All 17 schools in a section of the school district implemented at least one component. The degree of program implementation varied from school to school. In that part of the school district, serious police incidents, less serious incidents, total incidents, and incidents leading to arrest decreased, while total incidents increased overall in the HISD. Student attitudes and behaviors tended to be less violent as a result of the program, although differences were small, and no differences in attitudes toward drugs were found. Teachers and students responded favorably to the program, although teachers continued to be concerned with issues of drugs and violence in the schools. Communication and coordination difficulties caused problems in program implementation, and recommendations for continued violence prevention programs after the grant period note the importance of communication and resource allocation. Eleven appendixes provide supplementary materials about the program and its participants. (Contains 3 figures, 85 tables, and 23 appendix tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Houston Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.