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ERIC Number: EJ726627
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Life Before Tests: A District's Coordinated Health Approach for Addressing Children's Full Range of Needs
Cooper, Patrick
School Administrator, v62 n9 p25 Oct 2005
Chronic illnesses, depression, abuse of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Sugary snacks and drinks, vending machines, obesity and bullying. Guns, gang violence, school shootings and test scores. Teen-age birth rates, one-parent households, lack of health or dental care, and, dropouts. All of these issues are interconnected and intertwined with education reform and accountability. All must be addressed if no child is to be left behind. This article discusses the implementation of McComb district's coordinated health approach for addressing children's full range of needs. As a result of this, the dropout rates have decreased to less than 2 percent. The graduation rates are in the 90 percent range. The juvenile violent crime arrest rates for the students have dropped by 65 percent since the program's inception. The discipline referrals, suspensions, expulsions and alternative school placements have significantly declined. The common denominators for this success are Maslow's hierarchy of needs, coordinated school health, an empowered staff and a believing community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina