Kentucky’s alternative education programs are getting a comprehensive look following a "snapshot" last year that revealed a host of serious problems.
That on-site sampling of 40 alternative programs in 37 Kentucky school districts turned up programs with shortcomings ranging from not having a six-hour instructional day to students having inadequate instructional materials. In some cases, those problems amounted to violations of state education laws and regulations.
Keith Travis, chairman of the state board of education, which ordered the initial review, said he was disappointed in the findings. "The general gist of it was they weren’t getting the full instructional value, which is unfortunate because many times those are the students who (most) need the full instructional value," he said.
The review was conducted for the board last year by the Kentucky Center for School Safety.
This from the Kentucky School Boards Association.