Policy Interpretation and Implementation of the Juvenile Justice Alternative Programs Throughout the State of Texas

Maughan, Susan
December 1999
Journal of Correctional Education;Dec1999, Vol. 50 Issue 4, p124
Academic Journal
The purpose of this article is to examine the interpretation and implementation of the policies affecting the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Programs in Texas. A review of the literature indicated that most people placed school safety high on the educational agenda. Discipline in the public schools has been a major concern for community members, school personnel, and students for many years. School violence and misbehavior in school resulted in many people attempting to work together to develop a disciplined environment where learning could take place. Suspension was only a short-term solution for dealing with difficult students in school. The community demanded that students who were disruptive or dangerous be removed from the regular education environment. In 1995, the Texas State legislature mandated that Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Programs be provided in many counties throughout Texas (Mier, 1997). The county JJAEPs were established to provide expelled students a place to obtain an education, yet be placed out of the regular school setting. Results of a survey sent to all counties with JJAEP plans indicated concerns in the following areas: attendance, transportation, coordination of services, and time lines. Recommendations were provided for consideration by the legislature, local school districts, and county juvenile agencies.


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