Disparities in Houston's alternative-school placements prompt review

01/5/2010 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

Houston education chief Terry Grier is ordering a review of the district's arrangement with an alternative school run by the independent company Community Education Partners after discovering that some district schools referred up to 11% of students who had disciplinary issues, while other schools sent just a few. While state law requires schools to provide an alternative education for students who commit serious infractions, the disparities in placement are prompting concerns over whether some schools are placing students there for more trivial reasons.

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