Can alternative education teachers meet the needs of students with disabilities?
Current federal, state, and local concerns about violence in and around schools precipitated state mandates for educating students exhibiting violent and/or aggressive behavior in school settings. The passage of Senate Bill One in Texas presents the problem of meeting the educational needs of special education students who may be placed in an alternative school setting.
A statewide survey was sent to members of the Texas Association of Alternative Education. Results indicated significant agreement among teachers concerning curriculum, behavior management, and teaching strategies. Current trends and issues called for more training for those working with the at-risk population, as well as special education training. This study suggests that the needs of students with disabilities can be met in an alternative setting when there are properly trained personnel, available resources, and an effective behavior management plan.