CAROL’S SUMMARY: The National Alternative Education Association adopted Tennessee’s alternative education program as the first national framework for programs to help at-risk students succeed in school. Recommended guidelines include a teacher-student ration of no more than 1:12, participation in secondary programs that tie into career interests, student plans for needs, and cooperation with law enforcement.
Questions to consider:
1. Do you know someone this education program could help?
National group adopts state’s model
By Juanita Cousins, Posted February 12, 2009 at www.tennessean.com
Tennessee education officials have created the first national blueprint for alternative education programs to help at-risk students succeed in school.
The program sets quality standards for educating students who have been suspended, expelled or have dropped out.
“We are talking about the most challenged of challenging youths,” Tennessee Alternative Education Coordinator James Vince Witty said. “A lot of these students are underperforming academically, have learning disabilities and behavioral issues.”
Last week, the National Alternative Education Association adopted Tennessee’s program as the first national framework for alternative education programs, according to the state’s Department of Education. Witty is the association’s vice president.
Visit www.tennessean.com for the entire article