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Title: School Status and Educational Needs of Court-Involved Youth, Dane County
Corporate Author: Dane Ctty Youth Cmssn
United States of America
Project Director: S N Levine
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 79
Sponsoring Agency: Dane Ctty Youth Cmssn
Madison, WI 53709
Dane Cty Dept of Social Services
Madison, WI 53713
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study focuses on the Community Youth and Family Aids (YFA) Program of Dane County, Wis.; the program addresses the needs of young people who are experiencing serious problems in the traditional school setting.
Abstract: Study data were obtained through interviews with educators of both traditional and nontraditional schools and through telephone interviews with youths involved in both types of programs. Information was gathered to identify the educational status and needs of the target population, available educational resources, service gaps or overlaps, barriers to funding, and statutory and professional responsibility for provision of educational services. Findings reveal that of all Dane County YFA youth, 90 percent are of high school age, that the dropout rate for the entire group is 38 percent, and that 66 percent of the total group were identified is habitually truant. Ability is not a major factor in the school problems encountered by most of the students. Administrators, counselors, and teachers are frustrated in their attempts to work with many students. Negative school experiences and the development of delinquent behavior are strongly, linked particularly when combined with negative family experiences. However, Dane County schools have developed several special programs designed to meet these students' needs and are seeking increased communication and cooperation with community groups and agencies. Court-ordered family counseling is an example of this cooperative trend. The study provides 30 tables.
Index Term(s): Alternative schools; High school education; Juvenile day treatment services; Juvenile educational services; Public schools; School delinquency programs; Truancy; Wisconsin
Note: Prepared for the Dane County Youth and Family Aids Planning Committee
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