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ERIC Number: ED502533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Oct
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Alternative Schools. Policy and Legislation across the United States. Research Report 1
Lehr, Camilla A.; Lanners, Eric J.; Lange, Cheryl M.
Institute on Community Integration (NJ1)
Alternative schools have emerged over the years as one educational option for students who are not successful in traditional school settings. The number of these schools is growing rapidly, yet we know very little about similarities in policy and practice across states. This report provides a list and review of current state legislation and policy from 48 states that had some type of legislation addressing alternative schools or programs. Information is organized and discussed with regard to enrollment criteria, alternative school definition, funding, curriculum, staffing, and students with disabilities. Implications of the findings are discussed in relation to historical context and current forces shaping alternative schools today. Appended are policy and legislative citations by state. (Contains 2 tables.)
Institute on Community Integration. University of Minnesota, 109 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Tel: 612-624-4512; Fax: 612-624-9344; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.
Identifiers - Location: United States
IES Cited: ED546775