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This report presents results of a performance review undertaken to develop recommendations for improving the effectiveness of the Windham School System (WSS) and educational programs in the four privately operated prison units in Texas. (WSS provides educational programs for inmates who do not possess a high school diploma.) Chapter 1 is an introduction. Chapters 2-4 provide an overview of the Texas corrections education program, methodology for assessing WSS and contracts with the two private corporations providing educational services, and results of surveys of wardens, principals, professional education staff, inmates, and employers. Chapter 5 examines program effectiveness. Chapters 6-11 contain the review of each of six systems of prison education operations: organization and management, educational delivery, financial management, personnel management and development, technology management, and administrative and operational services. Each chapter describes the current situation and provides the following: (1) findings (exemplary programs and opportunities for improvement); (2) recommendations; (3) cost savings; and (4) implementation strategies. Chapter 12 summarizes the costs and cost savings that are recommended. Appendixes include onsite audit instruments, survey results, standards for adult and juvenile correctional education programs, technology management recommendations, and list of recommendations for the Texas Prison Education System. (YLB)

Descriptors: Adult Education, Correctional Education, Cost Effectiveness, Costs, Educational Administration, Educational Certificates, Educational Environment, Educational Facilities, Educational Finance, High School Equivalency Programs, Money Management, Personnel Management, Prisoners, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Secondary Education, State Programs, Student Certification

Autor: MGT of America, Inc., Tallahassee, FL.


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