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ERIC Number: ED509896
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs in Texas--A 2009 Update
Cortez, Albert; Cortez, Josie Danini
Intercultural Development Research Association
This report discusses the issues surrounding the disciplinary alternative education programs (DAEPs) in Texas, its updated findings, and the authors' recommendations on what the state should do to address DAEP problems. DAEPs were supposed to be for criminal offenses--drug-related activities, gun violations and assault--all violations that had been punishable by referral to the Texas Juvenile Justice (JJAEP) system. What has happened is that students as young as six years old have been removed from their kindergarten classes and sent to DAEPs for "discipline" problems. In evaluating the status of DAEPs in Texas, the authors found that while a few things had improved, many problematic patterns persisted and some issues became worse rather than better. IDRA's major conclusions are that, despite early evidence that DAEP sites required expanded local and state monitoring, improved academic support, more effective counseling to facilitate transitions back to the regular campus, and processes to address over-representation of sub-groups of minority, low-income and special education pupils, there have been insufficient improvements related to the operation and oversight of most DAEP operations. The most disturbing constant has been persistent increases in the number of students being referred. (Contains 26 resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: Intercultural Development Research Association
Identifiers - Location: Texas