Missing the Mark: Alternative Schools in the State of Mississippi

February 24, 2009

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

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