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CATCH 22

Posted By on August 26, 2010

A catch-22 faces alternative schools for at-risk students. If we model our programs on the traditional schools that dropouts have fled, these students will likely fail again. There is a lot of pressure from administrators in the larger districts to make their alternative schools into “mini high schools” because that is the model they know. However, if we don’t conform to the systems required for state and federal funding, we may not secure enough resources to serve these students effectively. For example, rather than be competency-based, many districts are still requiring students to fulfill the “seat time” required.

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