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In the report, major findings include:
- In Texas, Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs have five times the dropout rate of mainstream schools.
- Two-thirds of the students sent to DAEPs in Texas are referred at the discretion of school districts, and are not mandatory removals under state law.
- In Texas, 211 school districts disproportionately referred African American students to DAEPs for one or more years between 2001 and 2006.
- Although special education students represented 11 percent of the overall Texas public school population in 2005-2006, they accounted for 22 percent of total annual DAEP referrals, 26 percent of out-of-school suspensions, and 21 percent of ISS referrals per year.
- Fourteen Texas school districts accounted for about 85 percent of referrals of 500 pre-K and kindergarten children and about 2,700 1st graders to DAEPs between 2001 and 2006. DAEPs are restricted by Texas law for children under age six unless they are found carrying a gun to school.
Framer: Texas Appleseed's Rebecca Lightsey, Executive Director
Texas Appleseed is a nonprofit partnership of pro bono attorneys and other professionals who are focused on systemic solutions to major social problems.
Presenters: Steve Colmus, Principal, Kipp Truth Academy
Kamalia Cotton, Principal, H.S. Thompson Learning Center
Rachel George, Executive Director, Transformation Management Office, DISD
Travis Wortham, Superintendent, Cottrell Transition Center, TYC Dallas