An examination of district-wide discipline management programs

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1986

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Dealing with discipline problems and inappropriate behaviors of students has long been a concern of educators. This study was designed to examine discipline management programs developed by public school systems to meet requirements mandated by state law. Specifically, this study described mandates of the Texas State Legislature in House Bill 72 for the development of discipline management programs by public school districts, the ways in which school districts responded to complying with State mandates in developing their programs, and building level principals" perceptions concerning the effectiveness of developed district programs. House Bill 72 was examined in regard to mandates in the Texas Education Code and rules in the Texas Administrative Code relating to the development of discipline management programs by public school districts. House Bill 13 was examined in regard to amendments to House Bill 72 which related to discipline. The Rasdale Discipline Management Program Screening Instrument was developed to collect data related to implemented district discipline management programs. This instrument was used to examine discipline management programs as developed and implemented by twenty-one public school districts in the Region IV Educational Service Center"s geographic area in Texas. Content analyses were employed to examine each of the programs. Noted differences were found in the design of most district plans in their attempts to meet mandates of the Texas State Legislature in House Bill 72. Differences were also evident in responses to requirements specified by the Texas Education Agency for program development. The Rasdale Discipline Management Plan Effectiveness Inventory was developed to gather data from two-hundred-thirty-six principals employed in the twenty-one public school districts in this study. Descriptive analysis procedures were utilized to examine the perceptual, responses: of principals to. the. effectiveness of developed district discipline management programs. The instrument revealed that principals considered their district"s new discipline management programs to be somewhat more effective than previous discipline management procedures. Additional relevant data of comments from principals were presented in regard to issues not addressed in the questionnaire pertaining to their perceptions as to the effectiveness of their new programs.

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School discipline--Texas

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