Date of Award

7-1-1988

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Ed.S.

Department

School of Education

First Advisor

Dr. Brenda Rogers

Abstract

It has been alleged that human rights of the severe behavior disordered students are being violated in public school-based treatment programs. The purpose of this study was to examine large city public school districts’ policies regarding the treatment of students with severe behavior disorders at the elementary school level. Twenty one responding members of the Council of Great City Schools who served as the study respondents were polled. All 43 public school districts who belong to the Council were polled. These members were located in a city of at least 250,000 people and had 35,000 pupil population. It was hypothesized that no model policy existed in public school districts for the treatment of students with severe behavior disorders at the elementary school level. It was also hypothesized that there would be overall vacumms in policy variables among public school districts for this populous. The two study hypotheses were accepted. Three statistical measures were designed to analyze data. They were measures of central tendency, measures of variability and frequency analysis. Average mean scores were calculated. Three instruments designed by the researcher were used to obtain study data. These were also used to test the two study hypotheses. Results indicated a serious need to strengthen policy variables and to formulate policy to protect these students’ human rights. It is therefore concluded that the development of model policy for this populous would clarify and reduce conflict and confusion among administrators, teachers, parents, and the courts.

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