ERIC Number: ED421579
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Los Angeles Unified School District's Response to Assembly Bills 922 and 2834: A Preliminary Report. Publication No. 651.
Probst, Lynette; Maddahian, Ebrahim
California Assembly Bill 922 was signed into law as an urgency measure in October 1995. It assigned responsibility for expelled students to counties and school districts. This report is the first of a series of evaluation reports that will be disseminated on programs implemented in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to satisfy the mandates of Assembly Bills 922 (AB 922) and 2834 (AB 2834) (not discussed in this document). It presents information obtained from interviews with 10 key LAUSD personnel who are knowledgeable about district conditions prior to AB 922 and who have been or are currently involved with the implementation of AB 922. This report was originally intended to summarize interview responses for immediate feedback to interviewees as they continue the process of program implementation. However, it has evolved into a document that may prove useful for a larger audience that wants a context for understanding the initial phases of AB 922 programs. Interviewees considered the AB 922 programs highly beneficial because they provide educational and rehabilitative services to a group of at-risk students. The following six elements were emphasized as primary benefits resulting from the implementation of AB 922 programs: (1) establishment of AB 922 counselors; (2) an increase in services to parents; (3) improvements in classroom instruction; (4) the creation of student accountability; (5) a reduction in the time in which students are out of school during the expulsion process; and (6) improvements in students' grades and self-esteem. Interviewees also identified problems with the implementation of AB 922. The primary problems were related to difficulties in finding placements for expelled students, aspects of the district's zero tolerance policies, the lack of technology and resources, and principal cooperation with the referral process. Interviewees proposed suggestions for enhancing the positive aspects of the AB 922 programs and solving problems encountered in implementation. The report concludes with a summary of plans for the future evaluation of AB 922 programs. (Contains two figures.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Unified School District, CA. Research and Evaluation Branch.
Identifiers - Location: California