ERIC Number: ED413482
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
State Education Funding Policies and School-to-Work Transitions for Dropouts and At-Risk Students. A Report Prepared for the National School-to-Work Opportunities Office.
State policies regarding funding programs to serve at-risk students and dropouts through school-to-work activities in alternative learning environments were examined in a national survey. Data were collected through the following: surveys sent to finance directors in state departments of education and education committee chairs in both legislative chambers; telephone surveys; and independent research of policy documents and state statutes. Responses were received from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Although no comprehensive statewide school-to-work systems serving substantial numbers of students were found, some states were requiring schools and departments of education to identify at-risk and dropout students. State-level policies regarding funding to follow at-risk and dropout students into school-to-work programs proved unclear. Some states were allowing state per-pupil funding for high school students to be used for learning opportunities outside regular classrooms. Among the types of options and alternative learning environments available for at-risk and dropout students were the following: school enrollment options; transfer agreements; vocational education schools, charter schools; alternative schools; learning centers; postsecondary enrollment options; and special education for institutionalized or homeless students. Financial incentives and performance standards were also examined. (Eight case studies, a list of contact persons, and 211 footnotes are included.) (MN)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Case Studies, Charter Schools, Comparative Analysis, Dropouts, Education Work Relationship, Educational Finance, Educational Opportunities, Employment Opportunities, Enrollment Management, High Risk Students, High School Equivalency Programs, High Schools, National Surveys, Nontraditional Education, Open Enrollment, Postsecondary Education, Private Schools, School Choice, State Aid, State Programs, State School District Relationship, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
National School-to-Work Office, 400 Virginia Avenue, S.W., Room 210, Washington, DC 20024; telephone: 1-800-251-7236; World Wide Web: http://www.stw.ed.gov
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.