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ERIC Number: ED460231
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec-12
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Alternative Education for At-Risk Youth: An Analysis of Specific Legislation from 1995-1999 in Pennsylvania.
Bickford, Susan
This paper analyzes Pennsylvania's Safe Schools Act of 1995 and 1997, discussing decisions that led to its adoption and its impact on Pennsylvania schools from 1995 to 2001. It presents a history of media reports on school violence, and discusses the national experience, zero tolerance and its effects, and Pennsylvania's answer to school violence. The Safe Schools Act prohibited weapons possession and required expulsion; defined weapons, school property, and school entity; established the Office of Safe Schools within the Department of Education; set forth reporting requirements for violence and weapons possession; required a sworn statement prior to admission to any school entity; provided for the transfer, maintenance, and availability of records; and required a one-time cost survey to the legislature. The zero tolerance policy forced schools to expel students for relatively minor offenses and created the dilemma of what to do with expelled students. In response, the governor developed the Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth Program. The paper critically evaluates the policy and its outcomes, explaining its impact on secondary students and their schools. (Contains 20 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania