Plans to overhaul and consolidate alternative-education programs are under way in an Indiana district, and the focus will be providing a broader base of services for students to help them achieve academic and personal goals. "We envision it being a community school that provides supports for students and families," a district official said. "In the past, alternative education has been identified as a punitive model. We are abandoning that way of thinking. We are characterizing it as a place for students who need another option."

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