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This theme issue focuses on programs and strategies aimed at developing crime-free, nonviolent, drug-free schools. "Alternative Education Programs: Resolution or Exclusion?" (Albert Cortez) describes alternative education programs mandated by Texas state legislation for serious student offenders, and related issues of assessment, due process, curriculum, and personnel. "Essential Ingredients for Creating Safe, Orderly, Drug-Free Schools" lists and explains 11 steps to achieving safe schools. "Are We Creating Safe and Drug-Free Schools?" (Anita Revilla, Christie L. Goodman) presents national and Texas state statistics on school drug use and violence in relation to Goals 2000. "Look Who's Listening: Communication Between Parents and Teenagers" (Aurelio M. Montemayor) describes monthly parent-student meetings at Cummings Middle School (Brownsville, Texas). "'I Am What I Am'--Resolving Conflict Peacefully" (Juanita Garcia) details the work of the Texas STAR Center in enabling school leaders to experience and learn approaches for improved community-school communication. A sidebar lists four strategies for conflict resolution. A statewide recognition program conducted by the STAR Center is explained in "Texas Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities 1996-97 Recognition Program" (Dorothy L. Knight). "Facing Denial and Fostering Support" (Carlos Sundermann-Villavicencio) narrates a personal experience of a school's failure to intervene to prevent a student suicide and states ways to create a disciplined school environment. Contains references and World Wide Web site resources. This issue includes a cumulative index to the IDRA Newsletter for 1997. (SAS)

Descriptors: Conflict Resolution, Crime, Discipline Problems, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Intervention, Nontraditional Education, Parent Participation, Parent Student Relationship, Prevention, School Safety, Student Behavior, Substance Abuse, Violence

Author: IDRA Newsletter, v24 n10 Nov-Dec 1997


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