ERIC Number: ED483022
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Report on the State/Territory Implementation of the Gun-Free Schools Act, School Year 1999-2000. Final Report.
Gray, Karen; Sinclair, Beth
The Gun-Free Schools Act (GFSA) requires that each state or territory receiving federal funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) have a state law that requires all local educational agencies (LEAs) in the state or territory to expel from school for at least one year any student found bringing a firearm to school. (See Appendix A for a copy of the GFSA.) State laws must also authorize the LEA chief administering officer to modify any such expulsion on a case-by-case basis. In addition, the GFSA states that it must be construed so as to be consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The GFSA requires states/territories to report information about the implementation of the GFSA annually to the Secretary of Education. In order to meet this requirement and to monitor compliance with the GFSA, the Department of Education (the Department) requires each state or territory to submit an annual report that provides: (1) The number of students expelled (by type of firearm and school level); (2) The number of expulsions that were modified on a case-by-case basis; (3) The number of modified cases that were not for students with disabilities; and (4) The number of expelled students who were referred to an alternative school or program. Starting with the 1999-00 school year, the reporting form used for this data collection was revised to collect more information regarding LEA compliance and state climate. The new data items can be found in questions 7 through 10 on the data collection form. A copy of this form can be found in Appendix B of this report. (Author)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Expulsion, Federal State Relationship, Government Publications, Gun Control, Punishment, Referral, School Safety, Tables (Data), Weapons
For full text: http://www.ed.gov/about/reports/annual/gfsa/report992000.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Gun Free Schools Act 1994