ERIC Number: ED500807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan-9
An Overview of Alternative Education
Aron, Laudan Y.
Urban Institute (NJ1)
This publication represents the first in a series of papers on alternative education for the U.S. Department of Labor. The main focus of this review is community- or district-based programs that have as their primary focus the re-engagement of out-of-school youth in learning in order to better prepare these youth to successfully enter high growth occupations and careers. This document reviews some preliminary efforts to develop a typology and define "alternative education," as well as several promising programs, models, and initiatives that provide out-of-school youth with real second chance opportunities. It then turns to the issue of how many out-of-school youth are involved in alternative education, how many need these options, and other evidence concerning youth who need access to alternative education programs. The final section discusses the current policy environment for alternative education, some of the funding streams available to support programs for out-of-school youth, and how underused funding streams might be tapped for this effort. The following are appended: (1) Promising Models of Alternative Education Programs; and (2) Sources of Noteworthy Attributes of Alternative Programs/Schools. (Contains 10 footnotes.) [This paper was prepared and funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. The paper is one in a series to be published in 2006 by the National Center on Education and the Economy.]
Descriptors: Nontraditional Education, Out of School Youth, Career Development, Classification, Nontraditional Students, Educational Policy, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Graduation Requirements, Special Needs Students, Adolescents, English (Second Language), Disabilities, High Risk Students, Dropouts, Correctional Education, Institutionalized Persons
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.; National Center on Education and the Economy, Washington, DC.
IES Cited: ED546775