Missing the Mark: Alternative Schools in the State of Mississippi

Document Date: February 24, 2009
Affiliate: ACLU of Mississippi
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In Mississippi, as in other states, disciplinary alternative schools serve some of our most vulnerable young people. Such schools perform a punitive function, deterring misconduct and temporarily isolating students who misbehave. But they also serve an important remedial purpose: helping struggling students to succeed, rather than drifting toward dropout and failure.

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Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY…5

I. INTRODUCTION…11

II. METHODOLOGY…13

III. FIVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MISSISSIPPI’S ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS…14

IV. RECOMMENDATIONS…52

ENDNOTES…59